WASHINGTON ? After a pointed question at a White House press briefing two weeks ago, a massive left-wing investigation of Talon News and Jeff Gannon’s personal and business affairs was launched and was said to reveal that he was associated with homosexual website addresses.
Left-wing bloggers, specifically Media Matters, which ironically is run by former conservative and once-closeted homosexual David Brock, have made a name for themselves by taking the scalp of this conservative journalist by the name of Jeff Gannon. His crimes were that he was too pro-Republican, attended White House briefings, and asked questions unfair to Democrats. This became, for Media Matters, the “White House press room scandal.” Never mind that “journalist” Helen Thomas has been giving anti-Bush political diatribes disguised as questions at these briefings for years.
“The Gannon ‘scandal’ would be laughable, were it not for the fact that Gannon’s personal privacy has been invaded and his mother, in her 70s, had to endure harassing telephone calls from those on the political left,” said Accuracy in Media (AIM) Editor Cliff Kincaid. “The campaign demonstrates the paranoid mentality and mean-spirited nature of the political left.”
The mainstream media did their dirty work as well. Liberal journalists at The Boston Globe, using material from Brock, weighed in with their own account of the controversial journalist and his employer, Talon News, owned by a Texas Republican activist named Bobby Eberle.
Kincaid pointed out, “Despite all the innuendo and controversy, the fact remains that Gannon had done some excellent political stories on a wide range of subjects, including the CIA and former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.”
On the left, there were speculations that Gannon was a Bush plant or secretly on the Bush payroll. These conspiracy theories were fed by the fact that Jeff Gannon wasn’t his real name; he used a professional name because he didn’t like the sound of his real name, James Guckert.
But the truth is that Talon news is a private company with no ties to the Republican Party.
“Brock and his allies eventually got Gannon’s scalp because of the sex charges,” said Kincaid. “These had nothing to do with his work for Talon News and reporting from the White House, and Eberle never conducted an investigation of Gannon’s financial or personal business before hiring him. Despite what has been implied, he rarely wrote about anything related to homosexual issues.”
So the case against Gannon boils down to being too pro-Republican, writing stories with a conservative slant, and being linked to conduct, homosexuality, that is accepted and celebrated by those who were going after Gannon in the first place. The standard of the liberal thought police is evidently that someone’s private life should be protected?except when the accused is a conservative.
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