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Saturday, February 26, 2005

What manwhore in the WHPC?

Reporters doing their jobs, unlike in the US

See no Gannon, hear no Gannon, speak no Gannon
Why has the mainstream media ignored the White House media access scandal?

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By Eric Boehlert

Ordinarily, revelations that a former male prostitute, using an alias (Jeff Gannon) and working for a phony news organization, was ushered into the White House -- without undergoing a full-blown security background check -- in order to pose softball questions to administration officials would qualify as news by any recent Beltway standard. Yet as of Thursday, ABC News, which produces "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings," "Nightline," "This Week," "20/20" and "Primetime Live," has not reported one word about the three-week-running scandal. Neither has CBS News ("The Early Show," "The CBS Evening News," "60 Minutes," "60 Minutes Wednesday" and "Face the Nation"). NBC and its entire family of morning, evening and weekend news programs have addressed the story only three times. Asked about the lack of coverage, spokeswomen for both ABC and CBS said executives were unavailable to discuss their networks' coverage.

Perhaps nobody is surprised that Republican-friendly Fox News has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid covering the Guckert story and the embarrassing questions it raises for the Bush White House. Since the story began to take shape earlier this month, Fox News has filled more than 500 hours of programming. During that span the name "Jeff Gannon" has been uttered just five times on the air, according to a search of the LexisNexis electronic database of television news transcripts. And at no point have the facts surrounding the story been explained to Fox's viewers. (Dependable Republican ally Matt Drudge, who in the past has gleefully trumpeted media scandals, has also been allergic to Gannongate, posting just one link to date on his Web site.)

But it is surprising that a program like MSBNC's "Hardball," which touts itself as the home of authentic Beltway chatter and which has aired 15 episodes since the Guckert story first emerged, has dedicated just one segment from one show to the Guckert controversy. MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann," however, has been much more aggressive in covering the story. Only CNN has covered the story with any kind of consistency among the 24-hour news channels.

I'm watching Jake Tapper talk to celebrity publicist Ken Sunshine, who is whining about his rich clients being reported on. Evil papparazis pestering the rich is FAR more important than a manwhore too stupid to not use his hooker name in the White House Press Corps.

Fuck me, I must be retarded, because I thought journalists were in the fraud detection business. Manwhore people. You worked next to a man criminally offering his sexual services for two years and you sit there like morons wondering if this is a story.

Well, you're no better than stenographers anyway.

posted by Steve @ 12:00:00 AM

12:00:00 AM

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