Saturday, February 05, 2005

Kill Insect Scribes Dead: The Stop Government Propaganda Act

In response to continued revelations of government-funded "journalism" -- ranging from the faked news stories put out by the drug czar's office to the recently uncovered payments to columnists Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher (who are just the tip of iceberg according to Williams) -- Sens. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will introduce a bill, The Stop Government Propaganda Act, in the Senate next week.

The revelation that the New York Times killed a story that would have swung the election, (Bush cheating with a listening device during the debates), The Stop Government Propaganda Act seems a day late and dollar short as we are stuck with Bush for another four years with help of a this same propaganda network that has been schlepping the shit for conservatives since the Nixon administration. Under Bush, these cockroaches have come squealing out of the woodwork and in to the light of day. Their new, higher profile is evidence of that we are offcially over-run with the vermin scribes.

Meet Jeff Gannon. The bald guy. He is the one who greased Bush's ego with "divorced from reality Democrats question" at his most recent White House press conference.

"Jeff Gannon" isn't his real name, and he is the ONLY "reporter" in the White House press corps EVER allowed to use an alias. My aunt used to say that the only people who change their names are wives and criminals, and guess what -- even married women have to use their maiden names in the Press Corps. Gannon (sic) gets a pass and that alone should raise eyebrows. He also works for something called Talon News which is no more than a GOP propaganda mill with connections to well-known dirty trickster, Bobby Eberle who also runs, a "conservative news, information, and design company dedicated to promoting conservative ideals." Again, this has never been "allowed" in the press corps. It used to be that you had to actually work for a news organization to be in the press corps. This is one of those rules that everyone can understand. I can't just go up to the White House Press Corps receptionist and get a pass for JC Forum. Wish I could. They stretched the definition of "legitimate news organization" when they let the Moonies in and if I worked for the Washington Times I'd be pissed Talon/Gannon (not his real name) was muscling in on my beat. Moonie News Correspondent "Stretch" Sammon the college sports fan looking guy sitting next to Gannon, should be getting red under the collar that he has to share turf with this gorilla (and possible criminal).

But here's the thing: Talon "News" and "Jeff Gannon" (not his real name) were PUT IN THE PRESS CORPS. They didn't just show up. An invisible hand put them there.

Which brings me to my next point. We have eyes. Look at these two in the picture again. Gannon (not his real name) has affected an amazing G. Gordon Liddy imitation. You have to watch the guys who shave their heads, anyway -- that's just a given. But this particular bald head has School of the Americas written all over it. If Gannon (not his real name) hasn't been trained in the military, he has at least been personally obsessed. One of those guys who haunts the gun section of the magazine rack in airports and creeps out little children.

He is a thug.

Now, read the question again for the first time. What do you pick up? What's the temperature?

Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. Harry Reid was talking about soup lines, and 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 said you're going to reach out to these people -- how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?

You expect him to follow-up with "Would you like me to take care of them, sir?" And he looks like he is there to do just that. The sad truth is, he has been put there to serve up softballs when McClennon and Bush get tired of obfuscating the truth to real reporters. In a blatant nod to this fact, Bush called on Gannon (not his real name) at the press conference RIGHT AFTER he was asked about Armstrong Williams and if the White House intended on continuing with the Propaganda Campaign. Yikes! It's like you expect Bush to just moon us at any point. Like he's going to be in Tulsa promoting the privatization of Social Security and he's just going to be like, "Fuck it. You know what, we don't give a flip what you people think. You think you can stop us?" Now watch this drive.

Digging deeper -- as in going to the website and reading some of the commentary, you find that these thugs in the press corps are being cheered on by the like of Jennifer King (pictured below) who is calling for Ted Kennedy to be brought up on sedition charges for questioning the war in Iraq. In her own words, "On the eve of Sunday's historic elections in Iraq, Senator Ted Kennedy took to the podium in order to stage a stunning display of defeatism, pessimism and vicious anti-Americanism... The malignantly magniloquent Massachusettsan further insisted that Iraq be "given back to the Iraqis" and that American troops should leave forthwith.

Senator Kennedy is a bloviating blowhard whose most outrageous libels are nevertheless overlooked by most of the media. Kennedy has called the war in Iraq, "A war made up for political gain", "George Bush's Vietnam" and - of course - the favored "quagmire." blah blah blah

Jennifer (if that's her real name) has obviously read Ann "The Theasarus" Coulter. "Bloviating" is essentially a Coulter trademark. And "malignantly magniloquent Massachusettsan," -- holy shit! Someone needs to check and see if she didn't bust a blood vessel tapping that out on her Vaio.

Here's the really funny thing -- at the bottom of her commentary piece, there's this disclaimer from GOPUSA: "Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA."

There whole stated reason for being for GOPUSA is to disseminate their brand of conservative Republicanism and they can't even endorse the words they publish as their LEAD editorial. Wow. For people who blow a mighty wind about Responsibility and Ownership -- you'd think they'd be able to own their own mission statement (although I can personally understand if Jennifer might want to disown her press photo).

The elephant in the room is that if you open your eyes, the administration has plum become cartoonish in their misbehavior.

So, unless we want everything you read to be written by the likes of Jennifer and Jeff (not his real name), it's time to make those calls and send those emails. And use those eyes.


Blogger Nicky said...

Preach on, Brook...I've been so out of the loop that I had no idea about the 'not his real name' guy. Amazing what this administration gets away with, isn't it?

Sunday, February 06, 2005 2:14:00 PM  

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