By Michael Castellano
When cyberspace bloggers broke the Gannon story a few weeks ago, few in the major media paid much attention to it. After all, how can you trust what all these paranoid liberal and left wing conspiracy theorists are blabbing about on the internet? Of course, many of the revelations first posted by bloggers have turned out to be true, whereas the official line handed down from the White House -- and more often than not uncritically reported in the major media -- has turned out to be false on critical issues such as WMDs in Iraq, Saddam's nuclear capabilities, the alleged social security crisis, what Bush knew before 9/11, Bush being wired in the debates, etc.
In case you've been living under a rock recently, Jeff Gannon was a conservative "reporter" covering the White House for the last two years who had a reputation for asking soft ball and often falsely premised questions intended to embarass Democratic Party interests. Credentialed by the Bush White House, he had access to attend regular White House press briefings and also attended press conferences given by the president. Gannon was particularly transparent one day when he asked President Bush, "Mr. President, Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy . . . Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid . . . How are you going to work -- you've said you are going to reach out to these people -- how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?"
The Ultimate in Media Manipulation
Gannon has also publically embraced the anti-gay policies of the Bush administration and ridiculed presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, remarking that "If Kerry was elected he would be the first gay president." Turns out that Gannon is again not what he appears to be, and once was, and may still be, working as a gay escort. Now before anyone screams "homophobia" or "unfair" for pointing this out, the relevance here is not that Gannon is gay or what he does for a living, but that Gannon has used his position as a conservative reporter and "family values" Republican to attack the gay community.
In attempting to defend his opportunistic exploitation of homophobia, Gannon raised the art of hypocrisy to new heights when he complained to one TV commentator that "I've made mistakes in my past . . . does my past mean I can't have a future? Does it disqualify me from being a journalist?" Whomever it was who said that claiming the right to privacy while viciously attacking an entire class of people was the last refuge of a scoundrel must have had Gannon in mind.
And as if things couldn't get any jucier, bloggers also discovered that Gannon, under his real name of Guckert, owned and operated a number of gay escort web sites catering to people with military tastes. Domain names that he owned include hotmilitarystud.com, workingboys.net, militaryescorts.com, militaryescortsM4M.com and meetlocalmen.com. Gannon tried to claim that he was really a web master and had really registered these sites for someone else, but this too proved to be a lie when evidence surfaced that Gannon himself was a featured escort on one of the sites.
Who Loves You Baby?
Unconfirmed rumors have also been flying around the White House that political advisor and Bush guru Karl Rove may have been a regular patron of Gannon's escort services. One of Gannon's web sites, and the one in which his own personal services were advertised, catered specifically to politically connected clients in the Washington DC area. Rove was unavailable for comment.
The Josef Goebbels School of Journalism
As Hitler's chief propogandist, Josef Goebbels both manufactured and controlled all the new dispensed to the German masses, keeping them blissfully and in some cases willfully ignorant until Allied bombs began crashing down on German cities. In other words, until it was much, much too late. On the surface the Gannon affair may seem like small potatoes, but in reality it represents the tip of a titanic iceberg of mass deception that would be impossible to pulloff without the slavish cooperation of the corporate owned news media.
While Gannon was almost totally lacking in crediblity once he was exposed, there are hundreds of well-established reporters and journalists out there who can also be counted on to parrot the views of the White House. And not unexpectedly, the higher up you go in the food chain, the more the news begins to resemble press releases from Pravda.
The White House Thinks You're Stupid
Yes, make no mistake about it, the president thinks you're stupid or you just don't care. Until more people start paying attention, this president will continue to lead our country down a path of financial ruin and endless wars without reason or purpose. Gannon is a wake up call. Is anyone listening?
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