Monday, February 14, 2005
$1,200 per Weekend!
According to an investigative report by John Aravosis of AmericaBlog, former Talon News White House correspondent Jeff Gannon or JD Guckert, in direct contradiction of statements broadcast last Thursday on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Report, owned or was involved in several web sites where he and other young men sold themselves to high end male clients in the Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia areas for $200 per hour or $1,200 per weekend.
The ubiquitous watch
Readers following the link to AmericaBlog, posted in this post's first sentence on this generally G rated blog, should be forewarned that the AmericaBlog story contains some adult material while the links to archived and live Gannon escort pages at AmericaBlog will contain gay pornographic images.
According to John's amazing report:
It's looking increasingly like they made a decision to allow a hooker to ask the President of the United States questions. They made a decision to give a man with an alias and no journalistic experience access to the West Wing of the White House on a "daily basis." They reportedly made a decision to give him - one of only six - access to documents, or information in those documents, that exposed a clandestine CIA operative…What kind of leadership would let prostitutes roam the halls of the West Wing? What kind of wartime leadership can't find the same information that took bloggers only days to find?
The ranks of bought and paid for reporters and punditry will be anxious to quickly dispose of this story.
The phrasing of Mr. Gannon’s escort sales pitch, the array of web sites and the staggering cost of access to his private parts suggests a very high end client list...a client list that exists somewhere...and some very nervous and powerful clients currently living and working very high profile jobs in our nation’s capitol.
A black-banded wristwatch, visible in many professional and pornographic images of Gannon, was an early clue in establishing his very busy extra journalistic activities.
The networks' dainty reticence and spin (“Mark Twain used a nom de plume” was suggested on FOX over the weekend as CNN railed against the invasion of Gannon’s privacy) suggests some preknowledge or complicity in l'affair Gannon to say nothing of the shocking security breech at the highest levels of our government.
Why, the word conspiracy comes to mind.
The similarities with the quickly hushed Craig Spence affair in the first Bush White House are almost as shocking as what AmericaBlog reveals today and I would urge you to explore those links.
I remember being somewhat taken, during the now infamous late January presidential press conference, with the President's facial composure when giving Gannon permission to ask his preloaded question.
Bush's face was tight, guarded and very different from its usual cocky composure when snapping out reporter nicknames.
Some network videotape I’ve watched, mid Gannon's question, show a cutaway of the President drinking water and arching an eyebrow when Jeff mentions "soup lines".
I'm curious to hear the thoughts of some type of psychological expert comfortable with facial analysis for a read on the President's interesting composure with Mr. Gannon, a reporter known for leaving an impression and not bruising marks.
In a related GannonGate development, RawStory.com is reporting that several Texan sources confirm that White House Press Secretary Scott McClellen was a frequent habitue of Austin, TX gay nightclubs in the 1990's:
“He was often seen in gay clubs in Austin, Texas and was comfortable being there...He’s been seen in places that normal people who are looking for heterosexual relationships are not seen alone.”
According to RawStory, the White House has been aware of these allegations since last September.
And Flash Again!
The White House rushes Scott McClellen out for damage control with Editor & Publisher this afternoon on a story that has recieved minimal attention by the mainstream media:
Asked if he had discussed the Guckert/Gannon episode with President Bush, McClellan said, "We've only talked about it briefly..."I first came across him two years ago when I was deputy press secretary and he started covering the White House," McClellan said...McClellan always called on him as “Jeff.” Asked if he'd ever talked with Guckert outside the briefing room or at social events, McClellan said, “Nothing like that'...The press secretary also did not find fault with Guckert... "People use aliases all the time in life"...When asked if Guckert's link to several sex Web sites should have had an effect on his getting credentials, McClellan said, "I don't think it is my place to express my personal opinion."
Didn't Scotty play Sgt. Schultz in his high school's musical production of Hogan's Heros?