Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Stranger Than Fiction

All hell is breaking loose on liberal blogs today as details are being unearthed on a supposed reporter named Jeff Gannon. There are a gazillion threads and comments, and it's hard to piece it all together, but I gather that:

a) Gannon (likely an alias for Jim Guckert) has been acting as a reporter in the Washington press corp for the past 6 months or so, and as far as I can tell nobody had ever heard of him before that,
b) Gannon was a reporter in the employ of Talon News, a right-wing activist quasi-news organization and is essentially a political operative,
c) Gannon is well connected to the administration and gets preferential treatment at White House press conferences, which he uses to serve up cheesy softball questions (such as the 'how will you work with people who are divorced from reality' question at Bush's recent press conference),
d) Gannon was subpoenaed in connection with the Valerie Plame case, and the Kossacks believe that he was used by the White House as part of their misdirection damage control operations after Novak's famous column,
e) Gannon is somehow connected with a number of gay military escort sites (because this story just needed more absurdity).
f) as of today, Jeff Gannon has quit his job and will "return to the private life".

That's some wierd shit...

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