Wednesday, February 23, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

"(Guckert) apparently gained access to the White House using little more than a fake name, a Social Security number, and date of birth. In an age of heightened security, it's hard to believe this lapse could occur without someone inside the White House vouching for Guckert."

-- Houston Chronicle editorial, Feb. 13


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse my French, but who the hell is Guckert? And really does anyone, outside a small group of desperate lefties, really care. Let's talk about carpet bombing Iran, that's a topic I'm sure everyone enjoys discussing.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Guckert story is significant as part of a series of recent revealations of Bush advocates masquarading as journalists.
You can't be series about "carpet bombing" Iran. Maybe Iran and its allies would retailiate by carpet bombing your city?
On that subject, Bush all of a sudden cares about dipolomacy when he knows the U.S. public would not stand nor could afford another "preemptive" attack. Unfortunate we have an inexperienced president who learns from his mistakes as he goes along.
The threat of Iran under a claim of WMD is more urgent and real than one ever posed by Iraq.
But of course diplomacy was never a suitable alternative in Iraq. Why? Listen to Bush and the Right gloss over the question.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JD Guckert is the real name of Jeff Gannon.

And frankly, this is a huge story, even if the "liberal" media isn't really covering it.

You remember the Soviet Union -- and state-sponsored media? Well, that's pretty much the situation you have with Guckert. He was a "journalist" working for a GOP-funded website based in Texas, asking questions of the president and his press secretary.

If it was Ed Gillespie or Ken Mehlman asking questions at a press conference, this would be a huge story. But in truth, the only difference between Guckert and Gillespie or Mehlman is that Guckert was backed by the Texas GOP, and Gillespie and Mehlman are backed by the national GOP.

So, excuse a few of us "liberals," for being upset that the Bush administration was allowing a variation of Pravda to fester alongside mainstream jouranlism. Some of us "liberals" still care about a free press.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this I hear from the conservative right on the following issues: Bush administration bribing journalists, Bush giving short-shrift on homeland security funding and anything to do with Bush's astronomical funding costs of the Iraq War?
What is that I hear, crickets chirping?
But oh, the right says, forget about all that stuff! Let's talk some more about Dan Rather.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

while i agree that this is a legitimate story simply because there seems to be an emerging pattern here of the Bush administration using certain B type media outlets for personal gain.

however, the blogger above who tries to compare this to state sponsored soviet media is living in a world of his or her own. i know a few people who escaped that evil country and the comparison, quite frankly, is embarrassing. Liberal or conservatives that try to suggest america is anything like its historic enemies or current ones (as i have heardrelating to comparisons to the islamic regimes or secular evil regimes like hussein etc.) are an embarrassment to this country and to the concept of truth overall.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Explain the difference between what the Bush administration has done and the Soviets?

1) Allowing a party-paid "journalist" to ask questions at press conferences.

2) Paying multiple "journalists" to tout administration programs.

3) Creating video news releases and then distributing them as freelanced news pieces to local television news stations.

4) Asking journalists to assist with the writing of the state of the union address, and then having those journalists not disclose that relationship when praising the same address.

It's obviously not on the scale of anything done by the Soviets. And certainly the comparison ends with this. But honestly, what differs the way the administration has acted with the way things ran in the Soviet Union?

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whooa baby. Does the above blogger ever miss the point here.
The idea is that even if we open even the smallest crack to allow in government manipulation of the press or human rights abuses, it gradually leads to widening the doorway for larger extremisms. The is why a spot light needs to be cast on stories like Guatanamo and Guckert. The comparisons to other government may be extreme but fair as an example of what we could become.

10:20 AM  

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