Dear Mr. President:
In light of the mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate in favor of Administration policies, I feel compelled to ask you to address a matter brought to my attention by the Niagara Falls Reporter (article attached), a local newspaper in my district, regarding James "JD" Guckert (AKA Jeff Gannon) of Talon News.
According to several credible reports, "Mr. Gannon" has been repeatedly credentialed as a member of the White House press corps by your office and has been regularly called upon in White House press briefings by your Press Secretary Scott McClellan, despite the fact evidence shows that "Mr. Gannon" is a Republican political operative, uses a false name, has phony or questionable journalistic credentials, is known for plagiarizing much of the "news" he reports, and according to several web reports, may have ties to the promotion of the prostitution of military personnel.
Bush Reaches Out to Press Corps By Jeff Gannon Talon News November 9, 2004
Ever since Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential election to him, President George W. Bush has been reaching out to those who opposed him.... the president declared that he was reaching out to the White House press corps.... A subdued group of journalists asked about... the second term....
...Talon News asked White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan to explain the outreach to a press corps that is supposed to be a non-partisan group. He suggested that the president was making a "tongue-in-cheek" comment.
. . . .
Talon News pointed out that the press corps seemed at times to be pursuing stories that aided Bush's opponent, McClellan replied, "[...] I'll leave that to others to get into."
But the conduct of the media in the recently concluded election has been one of the biggest stories. In particular, the use of forged documents by CBS.... and an 11th-hour story... that focused on explosives that went missing 18 months ago has been cited by some as evidence of bias or partisanship.
...[Helen] Thomas had been given front row seating at presidential press conferences and always asked the first question. That tradition ended when George W. Bush became the chief executive. Now Thomas often finds herself relegated to the back rows and never called on to pose a question.
But she still holds sway in the Brady briefing room where her theater-style seat in the front row bears her name. All other seats are identified by the news service. Even though Thomas writes only an opinion column for the Hearst News Service, she still leads the daily assault on McClellan.
Thomas has been extremely critical of the Bush administration and the president.
. . . .
With his comment about reaching out to the press corps, the president might be reviving the notion of creating a "new tone" in Washington that would bring some civility to political discourse, something that failed miserably during the first term. But by all accounts, the White House reporters don't appear to be reaching back. [all emphasis added]
TN: An internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel details a meeting in early 2002 where your wife, a member of the agency for clandestine service working on Iraqi weapons issues, suggested that you could be sent to investigate the reports. Do you dispute that?
We have no listing for Endeavor Media Group as a business corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership or assumed name.
« Older Single-Sex Education When WNYC's Leonard Lopate Sh... | Jimmy Smith (wikipedia) passed... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt