Joe in DCGannon/Guckert talks to Wash. Post (and so does Aravosis)Sat Feb 19, 2005 05:23188.8.131.52
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Gannon/Guckert talks to Wash. Post (and so does Aravosis)
by Joe in DC - 2/19/2005 12:41:00 AM
Today's Washington Post has the latest interview with Guckert (damn, that is so hard to write, he should come up with an easier name.)
Titled "Jeff Gannon Admits Past 'Mistakes,' Berates Critics," the first couple paragraphs set the tone:
Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort sites, says that he has "regrets" about his past but that White House officials knew nothing about his salacious activities.
"I've made mistakes in my past," he said yesterday. "Does my past mean I can't have a future? Does it disqualify me from being a journalist?"
Gannon chastised his critics, breaking a silence that began last week when liberal bloggers disclosed his real name, James Dale Guckert, and a Web page, which he paid for, featuring X-rated photos of himself. "Why would they be looking into a person's sexual history? Is that what we're going to do to reporters now? Is there some kind of litmus test for reporters? Is it right to hold someone'
s sexuality against them?"
Boy, Jeff/Jim/Gannon/Guckert sounds angry. He just doesn't get it. Fortunately, Kurtz also interviewed John Aravosis, who, I believe, is probably one of the critics that Jeff is berating:
John Aravosis, a gay activist who posted the pictures of Gannon on his Americablog.org, said the issue is not Gannon's right to be a journalist but his "White House access. . . . The White House wouldn't let him in the door right now, knowing of his background."
Aravosis said Gannon is guilty of "what I call family-values hypocrisy. Basically, he's asking the gay community to protect him when he attacks us."
Thanks, John, for explaining it so succinctly. Basically, Jeff/Jim was having a great time bashing gays for the past couple years right along with the other haters at Talon/GOPUSA. (Note to Jeff/Jim, as a homo, they really hate you,too) Now, he's the victim. These right-wing bullies HATE it when someone punches back. For too long, they have been unchallenged. Well, kids, the rules have changed. Tough for you, Jeff. You can't play with the gays at night (or make them pay you by the hour or the weekend), then bash them by day. Doesn't work that way anymore.
As the Post article makes clear, Jeff is on a mission to clear his name and make everyone feel sorry for him. What a joke. He also denied any White House links:
Suggestions that White House officials coddled him or gave him special access are "absolutely, completely, totally untrue," Gannon said, adding that he was often among the last to be called on at press briefings and sometimes could not ask a question at all. "I have no friendships with anyone there. . . . The White House, as far as I know, was never aware of the questions about my past."
Don't you really feel like you can believe Jeff/Jim now? All of us, including journalists, should be very wary of everything he says. He doesn't have a track record of being exactly accurate as Wolf Blitzer learned last week and Editor and Publisher learned yesterday:
Asked this afternoon about reports that he was scheduled to appear on the Anderson Cooper's CNN show tonight, he denied it strongly. One hour later, a CNN spokesman told E&P, "He's taping it right now."
Jeff Gannon Links
- Gannon linked to escort Web sites
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