February 19, 2005

WaPo: Gannon/Guckert Is a Gay Prostitute

Here is the scorecard:

Number of times 'gay' appears in the article: 10
Number of times 'escort' appears in the article: 3

The man that sent the left into the frenzied hope that they, like we in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, could have some influence in affecting the MSM has spoken out in his own defense at the Washington Post. Unfortunately for the left, Gannon/Guckert is no Dan Rather or Eason Jordan. Here are a few nuggets from the story. Notice how the very first sentence in the WaPo article mentions Gannon's sexuality? Just remember, this is not about the sex you wingnuts!!

Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort sites, says that he has "regrets" about his past but that White House officials knew nothing about his salacious activities.
Howard Kurtz does a poor job of defending Guckert-Gannon, if that was his intent. Why does he feel the need to put that front-and-center in the article? I'd expect that in a blog to show the irony of it all, but not in the WaPo. Oops, my bad. I was assuming for a second that there was a difference between a hack like me and Howard Kurtz. Bad assumption.
Gannon chastised his critics, breaking a silence that began last week when liberal bloggers disclosed his real name, James Dale Guckert, and a Web page, which he paid for, featuring X-rated photos of himself. "Why would they be looking into a person's sexual history? Is that what we're going to do to reporters now? Is there some kind of litmus test for reporters? Is it right to hold someone's sexuality against them?"
Sorry if I don't feel too bad for you Gannon, because you are a slime-ball. But Gannon is right, are reporters lives to be scrutinized as if they were public officials.

The WaPo piece seems to be doing little more than rehashing of a press release issued yesterday and published here. Sure they got Gannon to respond to allegations, but some of the allegations are so preposterous that the very fact that they would be taken seriously by a legitimate member of the MSM is telling. Like the press release, it recounts Gannon's sordid past, paints Gannon out to be a self-hating gay hypocrite, and then attempts to link him to the Valerie Plame.

The WaPo article even recounts an accusation that Gannon-Guckert was such an important member of the media with access at the highest levels, that he was privy to Top Secret information:

Aravosis wrote yesterday on his blog that an unnamed television producer says Gannon told him the Iraq war was going to begin four hours before Bush announced it.
If Kurtz was trying to simply refute the moonbat accusations coming out of left-wing sites he could have done some research other than a proven liar's word. The Gannon story was blown way out of proportion in the left-wing blogosphere, but let's not forget that in the end Gannon-Guckert is not the most credible source of information.

I just have to disagree with Paul at Wizbang on this one and find myself in the frightening position of agreeing with the Americablog (in spirit, not on the 'facts'). The article does nothing to refute any allegations made--even the tin-foil ones! Worse, it emphasizes exactly those things which the moonbats have been barking about: gay sex, prostitution, lying, and hidden connections between Gannon and the White House.

Brilliant work Kurtz.

UPDATE: Charles Johnson has more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:56 AM | Comments |