Thursday, February 10, 2005

"Gannongate" may prove to be pivotal in defining journalism as we know it


This was the week that may have changed investigative journalism in our time. If you haven't been following the scandal, the links below will bring you up to speed.

It is an amazing story and it promises to just keep getting better as the layers of the rotting onion are peeled back and we are treated to the reactions from right wing media, Congress, and The White House. And it will just keep getting better because the new journalism of the blogosphere, supported by select progressive media, will keep spreading the word and uncovering the stench. At the core of this onion is the very betrayal of all we hold dear as humans and Americans, for the core reveals the mechanics behind the neoconservative power play that is designed to bring a new fascism into being.

Please take a few moments, follow these links, and become part of the movement to spread truth, dig dirt, and take our country back. It is NOT too late. This is as important as it gets. The first link is easily the most vital political site on the internet today. The second is the bomb. The third is a great clearing house for this gathering storm called "Gannongate".

Jump in, have fun, the water's fine.

Daily KOS
Daily KOS Gannon/Wilson story
AmericaBlog Gannon story lines

6 Comments:

Blogger Joy said...

Just thought I'd add a lovely little missive to the White House Press Office from Senator Frank R. Lautenberg [D-?], leader of the Senate effort to investigate the Bush administration's flagrant violations of law in regards to propaganda and direct payments to 'journalists' for promoting policies. You remember, the Armstrong Willams/Maggie Gallagher/Michael McManus (and God knows who else) payola scandal. PropagandaGate.

Anyway, here's the text [courtesy Eschaton, at atrios.blogspot.com]...

Dear Mr. McClellan,

I am writing to request that you immediately release documents to my office relating to the White House press credentials of James D. Guckert, a.k.a. "Jeff Gannon." Specifically, I am seeking documentation related to the question of which name Mr. Guckert/Gannon used when applying for credentials, and which name was on the official White House press credentials he received. Additionally, I am seeking documents indicating whether Mr. Guckert/Gannon received a "hard pass" or daily passes from your office. Despite your assertions to the contrary, at least one White House reporter has revealed that Mr. Guckert/Gannon appeared to have "hard pass" credentials.

As you may know, Mr. Guckert/Gannon was denied a Congressional press pass because he could not show that he wrote for a valid news organization. Given the fact that he was denied Congressional credentials, I seek your explanation of how Mr. Guckert/Gannon passed muster for White House press credentials.

I have led the effort in the Senate to investigate a number of instances of troubling propaganda efforts by the Administration. The Government Accountability Office has agreed to my requests to investigate various attempts at media manipulation: fake television news stories touting both the new Medicare law and the "No Child Left Behind" education program; a study rating individual journalists on their "favorability" to Republican education policies; and the payment to journalist Armstrong Williams.

Since the Armstrong Williams controversy became public, Administration payments to two other journalists, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus, have come to light. Given the backdrop of these scandals, coupled with Mr. Guckert/Gannon's role in recent White House press briefings and press conferences, it is understandable that the circumstances of Mr. Guckert/Gannon's credentialing have raised suspicion.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely, Frank R. Lautenberg
Hehehehe... just love the cordial sign-off: Thanks for your cooperation. It sounds so positively Orwellian, doesn't it?

10:38 PM, February 11, 2005  
Blogger Randall said...

Thanks Joy. I think that Propagandagate could prove fundamental in bringing this administration down to earth, and if not eject them, at least throw a major wrench into the gears of their evil agenda.

1:05 AM, February 12, 2005  
Blogger Uncle Wheelie said...

What amazes me most of all is how little coverage Gannongate gets out here in the wilds of Northern Arizona. How about: none at all.

In related issues, propagandagate is a good term, but a little clumsy. How about propgate. Naw, doesn't sound right. Hey! I know! Gandagate.

Gandagate/Gannongate. A very close fit.

How about Gangate?

(Gangate/gangrene. Another close fit. A festering pustule. On the body politic.)

Okay. Gangate is fine.

2:22 AM, February 24, 2005  
Blogger Joy said...

Hiya, Wheelie!

GannonGate is pretty cool. But let me tell you a strange blogger-tale...

Went surfing the other night on a whim. Back when R and I were in charge of all those adjudicated and at-risk teenagers after school in Marion, I ordered a book from B&N that was recommended to me by a social worker helping us out with the usual (as in - OUTRAGEOUS) Appalachian lifestyles of most of our kid's families. Sort of giving me spine for why the kids were so darned f...ed up.

It was "The Franklin Cover-Up" by a former Nebraska State Senator and attorney, John DeCamp. Something about GannonGate struck a low-G cello string in my memory and tickled at the back of my mind for days.

So I did a search on "John DeCamp" and ended up on somebody's blog where a trascript of testimony was printed in DeCamp's successsful million-dollar lawsuit against Larry King [late of federal prison], a principal in the Franklin/Boys Town prostitution/Satanism case. You know, the one that ended up on Bush-I's White House doorstep back in 1990-91.

This testimony came from a woman who had an inside "informant" who detailed aspects of the abuse and child prostitution case on behalf of DeCamp's client, a young man who had helped blow the Franklin S&L case and its connections wide open originally.

Turned out, her "informant" was her son - who had been kidnapped at the age of 12 (during the Franklin hayday) off the streets of Des Moines, Iowa while delivering papers for the Register. He'd come back years later to tell her he was still alive, but so involved by then he couldn't stay.

At the time of the kidnapping, the managing editor of the Register made some rather strong comments about tracking the kidnappers no matter how long it took (this was not the only paperboy to have been kidnapped in this time period, turns out). That managing editor's name was - get this - John Gannon.

I didn't copy/paste the URLs, but will go looking again when I've got time. The material's out there, and I'm not the only person who apparently got a mind-tickle on seeing Gannon's photograph and hearing this very strange story.

The blog speculates (as bloggers do) that Guckert/Gannon is the kidnapped boy. Now, wouldn't THAT be a kick in the ass??!!

Worry not. That link also led to a different search term I followed out of curiosity - "Bohemian Grove." Try that one when you're done with DeCamp. Something incredibly seedy and evil is up here, and Gannon/Guckert's the key.

I hope he gets a chance to be decently 'debriefed' before he turns up as dead as Hunter Thompson. Who, according to sources, actually filmed a human sacrifice at the Grove one year...

9:27 PM, February 24, 2005  
Blogger Joy said...

http://trunews.blogspot.com/

Scroll down to "Hunter S. Thompson Knew About CIA Sex-Cult, Book Alleges." This is about Bonacci's testimony in the suit against King (DeCamp as lawyer and author). The testimony is on record.

Victims of King and his associates also charged him with participating in at least one satanic ritual murder of a child.

As DeCamp reports, victim-witness Paul Bonacci was at one point taken to a retreat for political elites such as George Bush and Henry Kissinger in Northern California called Bohemian Grove, where they were forced to participate in sex and to consume parts of a child whom they had watched being murdered by the cultists.

As DeCamp writes:
"A "snuff" pornography film was made of these events; it was directed by a man the party had picked up in Las Vegas whom Paul identified as "Hunter Thompson" the same name as a well known sleaze-culture figure."

10:01 PM, February 24, 2005  
Anonymous joybusey said...

Stay tuned, am compiling comment for the main page, have reset some settings...

9:27 PM, March 16, 2005  

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