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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Strange Fruit

The hilarity surrounding the "Jeff Gannon" story continues to spread. Like in the witty title of my post. The link should take you to a story that'll let you watch the Daily Show take on the story.

Just a friendly reminder: James Guckert is a gay prostitute from a reactionary propaganda site selected by the White House to ask the president softball questions under a fake name.

The Daily Show story is also a nice response to the attacks on the blogosphere by the mainstream media. Funny how the media keeps swiping stories from the bloggers, then attacking them as phonies...

There's more to Guckert, courtesy of Atrios. Required reading. Here's the link:

So... he was admitted to press conferences before he was even working for a phony news organization. Can't wait to find out who's responsible for letting him in the *ahem* backdoor.

And as NYT columnist Frank Rich points out, this makes SIX phony reporters nabbed under this administration (The actual number is seven-- accoring to MyDD, he forgot Frank Morris' ersatz "news report"):

By my count, "Jeff Gannon" is now at least the sixth "journalist" (four of whom have been unmasked so far this year) to have been a propagandist on the payroll of either the Bush administration or a barely arms-length ally like Talon News while simultaneously appearing in print or broadcast forums that purport to be real news. Of these six, two have been syndicated newspaper columnists paid by the Department of Health and Human Services to promote the administration's "marriage" initiatives. The other four have played real newsmen on TV. Before Mr. Guckert and Armstrong Williams, the talking head paid $240,000 by the Department of Education, there were Karen Ryan and Alberto Garcia. Let us not forget these pioneers - the Woodward and Bernstein of fake news. They starred in bogus reports ("In Washington, I'm Karen Ryan reporting," went the script) pretending to "sort through the details" of the administration's Medicare prescription-drug plan in 2004. Such "reports," some of which found their way into news packages distributed to local stations by CNN, appeared in more than 50 news broadcasts around the country and have now been deemed illegal "covert propaganda" by the Government Accountability Office.