If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.
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What's Going On?!
?Liberal? Media Silent About Guckert Saga
Imagine the media explosion if a male escort had been discovered operating as a correspondent in the Clinton White House. Imagine that he was paid by an outfit owned by Arkansas Democrats and had been trained in journalism by James Carville. Imagine that this gentleman had been cultivated and called upon by Mike McCurry or Joe Lockhart?or by President Clinton himself. Imagine that this "journalist" had smeared a Republican Presidential candidate and had previously claimed access to classified documents in a national-security scandal.Boy I can imagine it. All those overly married, overly moral Republicans like Gingrich, Barr, Limbaugh, Hyde, etc.. would be jumping up and down about what an outrage this is.
Then imagine the constant screaming on radio, on television, on Capitol Hill, in the Washington press corps?and listen to the placid mumbling of the "liberal" media now.
I'm trying to figure out what the hell the deal is with Gannon/Guckert saga. There have been quite a few stories on it today. I will list them below. I am wondering if this is in some way or another a way for those that are feeling threatened by the blogs -- by the way I hate the word blogosphere and will refer to them as blogs -- to discredit them. Those threatened by the blogs are the mainstream media(MSM). Thus I believe that the MSM believes the blogs are trying to replace them and they have to discredit them to keep their dominance. The blogs are a reaction to the hole that has been left by the lack of investigative, unbiased, unimaginative, reporting as well as just a huge gaping hole that the coporate owned and corrupt MSM has left.
Now say what you will but blogs are where those who have opinions and ideas and are shut out of the process can get involved in a conversation. Dan Gillmor does a great job of laying this out in his book, We The Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People. The thing to remember is that blogs are not going to be nor do they want to be like the old media or take it's place. They are not, I report, you decide. They are here is my opinion, what is yours? In other words the MSM takes in information and decides what they want to print and what they don't. The editor, the writer and the producer are filtering what you will see, read or hear. With blogs you are the filter. In other words you get to create what you want. On right-wing blogs, left-wing people post comments and vice versa. It's a conversation and not some schmuck in a suit telling you what someone else said. It's the MSM being scared that they will be left out of the conversation because their plastic way of bringing the news and events to us is a thing of the past.
So remember as you, or if you, read these Gannon/Guckert stories this is a conversation and it's a long way from being over.
CALLING OUT JAMES GUCKERT
To listen to the arrogant and suddenly pious anchors and reporters of the corporate press corps?who've hardly been guardians of privacy in recent years?it's all just so unseemly. The hand-wringing over liberal bloggers' supposed revelations about the fake White House reporter's "personal life" has been comical; and no matter what they say, it certainly does not reflect any newfound regard for privacy. It looks more like the media got beat, again, on a story that was sitting right under their noses. Playing catch up, they had to create a back-story that also acted as an alibi. Thus all the talk about the brutality of the bloggers who beat them to the punch.Bush's Barberini Faun
I'm still mystified by this story. I was rejected for a White House press pass at the start of the Bush administration, but someone with an alias, a tax evasion problem and Internet pictures where he posed like the "Barberini Faun" is credentialed to cover a White House that won a second term by mining homophobia and preaching family values?In case, like me, you're not familiar with Barberini's Faun.
At first when I tried to complain about not getting my pass renewed, even though I'd been covering presidents and first ladies since 1986, no one called me back. Finally, when Mr. McClellan replaced Ari Fleischer, he said he'd renew the pass - after a new Secret Service background check that would last several months.
A hireling, a fraud and a prostitute
Thus a phony journalist, planted by a Republican organization, used by the White House press secretary to interrupt questions from the press corps, protected from FBI vetting by the press office, disseminating smears about its critics and opponents, some of them gay-baiting, was unmasked not only as a hireling and fraud but as a gay prostitute, with enormous potential for blackmail.Have you ever read The Rude Pundit?
Why Gannon/Guckert Matters (Rude Version)
See, the Rude Pundit hoped beyond hope that the following would be revealed: apparently Gannon/Guckert was, really, truly a cockmonger of extraordinary appetites. Or, to put it simply, it looks like lil' J. D. Guckert was a gay male prostitute. For $1200, you could spend the weekend with Guckert, who, ya know, has got a nice body although he's got an odd, clumpy penis/balls combination. For $200, you could have an hour. And one imagines that getting access to the President of the United States would make one's price go up. Guckert could now put out an ad wherein you could pay $350 to shove your dick in the mouth that asked Bush a question. For an extra $50, you can slap him around and call him an "enabling little bitch."The White House Stages Its 'Daily Show'
It is a brilliant strategy. When the Bush administration isn't using taxpayers' money to buy its own fake news, it does everything it can to shut out and pillory real reporters who might tell Americans what is happening in what is, at least in theory, their own government. Paul Farhi of The Washington Post discovered that even at an inaugural ball he was assigned "minders" - attractive women who wouldn't give him their full names - to let the revelers know that Big Brother was watching should they be tempted to say anything remotely off message.Rep. Slaughter Demands Answer
Slaughter to White House - "Stop the Stonewalling!"
Why was Jeff Gannon in the White House Before Talon News Even Existed?