Jeff Gannon
American journalist
Jeff Gannon
James Dale Guckert is a conservative columnist better known by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon. Between 2003 and 2005, he was given credentials as a White House reporter. He was eventually employed by the conservative website Talon News during the latter part of this period. Gannon first gained national attention during a presidential press conference on January 26, 2005, when he asked United States President George W.
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PHOTO: All-NJ Elite AAU Basketball 12U Team Wins Cardinals Classic Tourney
Clark-Garwood Patch - almost 5 years
Congratulations to the All NJ Elite AAU Basketball 12U Team on their undefeated victory in the Cardinals Classic Spring Break Tournament on April 14-15. The All NJ Elite team, one of several in the All NJ Elite Family based out of Clark, kicked off their season with this challenging, exciting, and successful accomplishment.  Pictured top row: Head Coach and Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, Coach Jeff Gannon, Coach Mike Lynes. Second row: Shelby Lynes, Sabrina Parin, Kellie Bonaccorso, Janelle Pyar, Jessica Gannon, Kelsey Moum. Front row: Mackenzie Purcell, Jenna Iorio, Kristina Palella, Mia Lancealotti.
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Man Drives 3 Hours in the Rain to See 'Suing the Devil' Movie - Christian News Wire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trial lawyers (Dennis Cole, Jeff Gannon, Annie Lee). The entire world watches Legal TV (Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore, Rebecca St. James) to see who will win the Trial of the Century
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'Suing The Devil' is #2 Indie Film at Box Office - Faith-Based Movie Seeks to ... - Christian News Wire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trial lawyers (Dennis Cole, Jeff Gannon, Annie Lee). The entire world watches Legal TV (Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore, Rebecca St. James) to see who will win the Trial of the Century
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'Suing the Devil' makes WIRED Magazine's 'Top Summer Movies That Will Rock ... - PR Web (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trial lawyers (Dennis Cole, Jeff Gannon, Annie Lee). The entire world watches Legal TV (Corbin Bernsen, Tom Sizemore, Rebecca St. James) to see who will win the Trial of the Century
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Karl Rove: kingmaker sans candidate - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
But there was a talk of a financial scandal dating to Thune's first run for the Senate, and stories were resurfacing about the political support he'd received in 2005 from Jeff Gannon, a conservative blogger reportedly associated with gay escort
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Report: Weiner 'sexting' - Politico (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jeff Gannon (R) aka James Dale Guckert, aka "Bulldog": Admitted to White House press conferences as a journalist without proper vetting, and was allowed to ask such sympathetic questions that The Daily Show referred to him as "Chip Rightwingenstein of
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أشهر الفضائح الجنسية للسياسيين الأمريكيين بالصور ! - iraq 4 all news
Google News - over 5 years
-فضيحة جيف غانون Jeff Gannon : صحفي مُحافظ ضمن المقبولين للحضور في مؤتمرات البيت الابيض, بينها حضوره في أربعة مؤتمرات للرئيس الامريكي الأسبق جورج بوش الابن, أعترفَ بانه كان مثلي الجنس بمبلغ 200 دولار يومياً, أضافة لتورطه في خدمة المواقع الالكترونية
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Truthiness 101: From Frey to Alito
NYTimes - about 11 years
IF James Frey hadn't made up his own life, Tom Wolfe would have had to invent it for him. The fraudulent memoirist is to the early 21st century what Mr. Wolfe's radical-chic revelers were to the late 1960's and his Wall Street ''masters of the universe'' were to the go-go 1980's: a perfect embodiment of the most fashionable American excess of an
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WORTH NOTING; Ah, Raising the Level Of Political Discourse
NYTimes - over 11 years
Speaking of Mr. Lautenberg, it took a while for him to settle into his role as the junior senator for New Jersey. But he has apparently, um, found his stride. Of course, ever since he returned to Washington in 2003, Mr. Lautenberg has been ruffling feathers, firing off outraged letters about Jeff Gannon, a fake reporter for a fake news organization
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The Armstrong Williams NewsHour
NYTimes - over 11 years
HERE'S the difference between this year's battle over public broadcasting and the one that blew up in Newt Gingrich's face a decade ago: this one isn't really about the survival of public broadcasting. So don't be distracted by any premature obituaries for Big Bird. Far from being an endangered species, he's the ornithological equivalent of a red
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It's All Newsweek's Fault
NYTimes - almost 12 years
IN the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Fareed Zakaria wrote a 6,791-word cover story for Newsweek titled ''Why Do They Hate Us?'' Think how much effort he could have saved if he'd waited a few years. As we learned last week, the question of why they hate us can now be answered in just one word: Newsweek. ''Our United States military personnel go out
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Laura Bush's Mission Accomplished
NYTimes - almost 12 years
AS we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Drudge Report and the second anniversary of the Jayson Blair scandal, American journalists are in a race with the runaway bride for public enemy No.1. Newspaper circulation is on the skids, the big three network anchor thrones are as precarious as King Lear's, bloggers are on the rampage, and the
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Questions for Jeff Gannon
NYTimes - almost 12 years
What is most disturbing about James Guckert, a k a Jeff Gannon (who gained access to White House press briefings), isn't that he was given clearance when experienced reporters were not (Deborah Solomon, March 20). It is the way he so easily rebutted his checkered past by blaming those unnamed ''people on the left'' who drive good people from public
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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 3-20-05: QUESTIONS FOR JEFF GANNON; Blogged Down
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Q: Should I call you Jim Guckert or Jeff Gannon? My Amex card still comes in the name of James Guckert, but I want to be called Jeff Gannon. That is who I am. Or rather it is the pseudonym under which you gained access to White House press briefings for two years, until your identity was revealed. Why do you think they let you in? I don't know the
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MEDIA; White House Approves Pass For Blogger
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Another signal moment for bloggers is to occur at 9 a.m. today, when Garrett M. Graff, who writes a blog about the news media in Washington, is to be ushered into the White House briefing room to attend the daily press briefing. Mr. Graff, 23, may be the first blogger in the short history of the medium to be granted a daily White House pass for the
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Gonzo Gone, Rather Going, Watergate Still Here
NYTimes - almost 12 years
TWO weeks ago Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide. This week Dan Rather commits ritual suicide, leaving the anchor chair at CBS prematurely as penance for his toxic National Guard story. The two journalists shared little but an abiding distaste -- make that hatred in Thompson's case -- for the Great Satan of 20th-century American politics, Richard
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National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: Embattled Web Site Shuts Down
NYTimes - about 12 years
A Web site whose conservative connections touched off a White House media controversy has shut down ''to re-evaluate operations,'' according to a message posted on the site. A spokeswoman for the Web site, Talon News, said it had closed because its founder, Bobby Eberle of Pearland, ''can only take so much beating'' over the page's political slant,
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The White House Stages Its 'Daily Show'
NYTimes - about 12 years
THE prayers of those hoping that real television news might take its cues from Jon Stewart were finally answered on Feb. 9, 2005. A real newsman borrowed a technique from fake news to deliver real news about fake news in prime time. Let me explain. On ''Countdown,'' a nightly news hour on MSNBC, the anchor, Keith Olbermann, led off with a classic
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Gannon
    FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In a 2007 interview, he stated that he has never spent the night at the White House.
    More Details Hide Details Gannon is a blogger for the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
    He published a book titled The Great Media War in 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner said that a letter from the Secret Service dated March 7, 2005, stated, "Please be advised that our Office of Protective Operations has looked into this matter and has determined that there was no deviation from Secret Service standards and procedures as your letter suggests."
    More Details Hide Details The letter did not detail what the standards were. Gannon later wrote in his blog, "I hope this vote will put these issues to rest and allow me to return to my work as a journalist." In his recently published book, The Great Media War, he responds to questions about whether he played some role for the Bush White House other than that of an independent journalist. Democratic Representatives John Conyers of Michigan and Louise Slaughter of New York had submitted similar requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), on February 15, 2005. The Department of Homeland Security answered Slaughter's request with Secret Service records of Gannon's check in and out times at the White House. The Secret Service Records appear to show that he checked in, but never checked out on many occasions, and visited the White House on several days during which no press conference or other press events were held.
    Crain defended his decision in a September 2005 editorial, writing that the "steady stream of feedback/vitriol" had declined "a little" with each new Gannon article. Crain resigned as editor in 2006, retaining ownership in the paper's parent company.
    More Details Hide Details The new editorial team fired Gannon as a result of what editor Kevin Naff called Gannon's "huge credibility problem." The House Judiciary Committee voted against House resolution 136, on March 16, 2005, that would have directed the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit documents in the possession of officials to the House of Representatives. These documents related to the security investigations and background checks involved in granting Gannon access to the White House. The documents were to be transmitted no later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of the resolution. During the Committee meeting, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claimed that Gannon had engaged in "a penetration of the White House, maybe a security breach, and I do not believe it can be answered with self-investigation.
    In July 2005, Gannon began writing for the DC-area gay publication Washington Blade.
    More Details Hide Details His articles included criticism of gay blogger John Aravosis, who had accused him of having pornographic ads. Blade editor Chris Crain attracted his own criticism from many in the gay community for this decision, due to Gannon's criticism of the gay rights movement as well as his refusal to disclose his sexual orientation. He has said, "My personal life is a private matter, despite the fact that I have become a public person."
    In a February 2005 interview, Gannon told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had spoken to him in an effort to learn who had leaked the classified memo and to whom, but that he had not been asked to appear before the grand jury investigating the case.
    More Details Hide Details Many assumed the White House had leaked the memo to him. Gannon said he had learned about its existence after it had been mentioned in a story published in the Wall Street Journal. Previously, Gannon had been criticized by Tom Daschle's supporters when he covered the South Dakota Senate race between Daschle and John Thune. Supporters of Daschle claimed he acted as a de facto member of the Thune campaign while ostensibly a journalist.
    Gannon resigned from Talon News on February 8, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Continuing to use the name Gannon, he has since created his own official homepage and worked for a time as a columnist for the Washington Blade newspaper, where he confirmed he was gay after he was outed. Most recently, Gannon operated JeffGannon.com, a blog where he criticized those who exposed him, the "Old Media" and the "Angry Gay Left", accusing them of promoting a double standard. The site has since been taken offline and the domain expired.
    On February 8, 2005, Gannon resigned from Talon News and shut down his website, Jeffgannon.com.
    More Details Hide Details According to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post: "Jeff Gannon,... 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." Gannon said that he has been stalked and that his family has been harassed. He has revived his website since that time. Gannon is alleged to have registered several Internet domain names, including hotmilitarystud.com and Militaryescorts4m.com and posted naked pictures of himself. According to The Independent: "Bloggers revealed that Jeff Gannon... had previously worked as a $200-an-hour gay prostitute who advertised himself on a series of websites with names such as hotmilitarystud.com." When these ads became public, Gannon refused to specifically address them, but admitted that he had made mistakes in his past.
    After the January 26, 2005, press conference, scrutiny into his personal and professional background by news organizations and blogs began.
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    The controversy over Gannon's background started after President George W. Bush's January 26, 2005, press conference, at which Gannon asked the president the following question:
    More Details Hide Details Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. (Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid was talking about soup lines. And (Senator) Hillary Clinton was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid and there's no crisis there. How are you going to work – you've said you are going to reach out to these people – how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality? Gannon's question was ridiculed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart sarcastically dubbed him "Chip Rightwingenstein of the Bush Agenda Gazette" and by a number of bloggers who considered it an excessively deferential question for a reporter to ask at a presidential press conference. The question also contained a factually inaccurate assertion: the supposed comments about soup lines had not been made by Reid, but had been satirically attributed to him by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.
    Gannon first gained national attention during a presidential press conference on January 26, 2005, when he asked United States President George W. Bush a question that some in the press corps considered "so friendly it might have been planted" ("How are you going to work with Democratic leaders who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?").
    More Details Hide Details Gannon routinely obtained daily passes to White House briefings, attending four Bush press conferences and appearing regularly at White House press briefings. Although he did not qualify for a Congressional press pass, Gannon was given daily passes to White House press briefings "after supplying his real name, date of birth and Social Security number." Gannon came under public scrutiny for his lack of a journalistic background prior to his work with Talon and his involvement with various gay escort service websites using the professional name "Bulldog."
  • 2004
    Age 46
    During the 2004 election, he wrote that John Kerry "might someday be known as 'the first gay president'" and that Kerry had supported "the pro-gay agenda."
    More Details Hide Details Cliff Kincaid, editor of the conservative organization Accuracy in Media, wrote that "(t)he campaign against Gannon demonstrates the paranoid mentality and mean-spirited nature of the political left." In April 2006, Gannon appeared on the television program Lie Detector, produced by Mark Phillips Philms & Telephision for the PAX Network (now Ion Television) submitting to and passing a polygraph test while asserting that he was not a White House operative. Gannon was questioned by the Justice Department in relation to the department's criminal investigation into the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame's identity as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was leaked to a journalist by an administration official. On October 28, 2003, Talon News published an interview in three parts that Gannon had conducted with Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, Plame's husband, whom the CIA had sent to Niger in 2003 to investigate claims that Iraq was attempting to procure yellowcake uranium. In the interview, Gannon asked Wilson about an "internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel" that said Plame had suggested Wilson for the job.
    He applied for a Congressional press pass in April 2004 but was denied one by the Standing Committee of Correspondents, a group of congressional reporters who oversee press credential distribution on Capitol Hill, on the grounds that Talon did not qualify as a legitimate independent news service.
    More Details Hide Details On his resume Gannon said he is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism, a two-day seminar for "conservatives who want a career in journalism." Talon News was a virtual organization (with no physical office or newsroom) owned by the Web site GOPUSA. Robert Eberle is the president and CEO of both GOPUSA and Talon News. This has led to unproven charges that Talon News was created specifically to give Gannon a news organization that he could ostensibly represent, to justify his continuing to work at the White House. By the middle of February 2005, the Talon News website had shut down indefinitely, according to the message on that site; since May 2007, the Talon News site has been a parody, and its pages link to The Firesign Theatre's site.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    Gannon first attended a White House press conference on February 28, 2003, and there asked a question of then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
    More Details Hide Details At this time Gannon had never had an article published, and was not associated with any kind of news organization (Talon News had not yet been created). However, Gannon states that he was editor of his high school student newspaper, as proof of having some journalistic experience. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan later said that there had been no breakdown in security and no one had intervened on Gannon's behalf to ensure his access, despite the fact that he had been able to get a press pass for the White House using an assumed name. Gannon's response was that the alias Jeff Gannon was a professional name used for convenience, claiming that his "real last name is hard to spell and pronounce," and that the Secret Service was aware of his identity. Journalists have said that it can take weeks to get the kind of clearance Gannon received. He was issued one-day press passes for nearly two years, avoiding the extensive background checks required for permanent passes, and sidestepping his inability to gain the necessary Congressional press pass.
    Between 2003 and 2005, he was given credentials as a White House reporter.
    More Details Hide Details He was eventually employed by the conservative website Talon News during the latter part of this period.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on May 22, 1957.
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