This is probably a bit out of the blue for all of you, but this is a story that has been developing over the past couple of weeks in the blogosphere. The mainstream press is starting to sit up and take notice of it. The basic outline is that it came to light that one of the reporters in the White House press corps who always seemed to be asking really easy questions–and helping the Press Secretary or the President get out of sticky situations–might not have been who he said he was. Questions started being asked when it was noticed that his news articles were almost word-for-word copies of internal Republican documents. With a minimal amount of investigation, it turned out that Jeff Gannon was not in fact who he said he was. But in fact someone else. That he had been allowed to use a fake name–something that no one else is allowed to do–to gain access to the White House on a seemingly daily basis.
Oh, and the cherry on top is that there is mounting evidence that he is/was a male escort.
So in the end, why does this matter? Why does it matter that Jeff Gannon may have been a gay hooker named James Guckert with a $20,000 defaulted court judgment against him? So he somehow got a job lobbing softball questions to the White House. Big deal. If he was already a prostitute, why not be one in the White House briefing room as well?
This is the Conservative Republican Bush White House we’re talking about. It’s looking increasingly like they made a decision to allow a hooker to ask the President of the United States questions. They made a decision to give a man with an alias and no journalistic experience access to the West Wing of the White House on a ‘daily basis.’ They reportedly made a decision to give him – one of only six – access to documents, or information in those documents, that exposed a clandestine CIA operative. Say what you will about Monika Lewinsky – a tasteless episode, ‘inappropriate,’ whatever. Monika wasn’t a gay prostitute running around the West Wing. What kind of leadership would let prostitutes roam the halls of the West Wing? What kind of war-time leadership can’t find the same information that took bloggers only days to find?
None of this is by accident.
Someone had to make a decision to let all this happen. Who? Someone committed a crime in exposing Valerie Plame and now it appears a gay hooker may be right in the middle of all of it? Who?
Ultimately, it is the hypocrisy that is such a challenge to grasp in this story. This is the same White House that ran for office on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. While they are surrounded by gay hookers? While they use a gay hooker to write articles for their gay hating political base? While they use a gay hooker to destroy a political enemy? Not to mention the hypocrisy of a ‘reporter’ who chooses to publish article after article defending the ant-gay religious-right point of view on gay civil rights issue.
Who in the White House is at the center of all of this? Who allowed this to go on in the People’s House? Who committed the crime of exposing Valerie Plame? Jeff Gannon has the answers to these questions, and boy we know he loves to talk.
ps The link is not exactly work-safe as it contains images of Jeffy in the buff (even if his not-so-little soldier has been cut out). You may, however, certainly enjoy them in the privacy of your own home.