For those of you who have been watching the news at all lately, you may or may not have heard the saga of Jeff Gannon. Ben made some wonderful comments on February 2nd that I highlighted here about how the White House had hired a conservative political consultant to throw the President monosyllabic, leading questions during his press conferences.
We've already heard stories about the retribution placed upon those in the White House Press Corps that ask the President difficult questions. For example (from Veterans for Peace) :
Indeed, Bush press conferences, which I enjoy watching, seem to me to have become more and more like those held by the Chinese Communist Party: Nothing but the official line is given, and probing questions from reporters, which are crucial to advancing the public's understanding of the government's actions, are often evaded or ignored. Moreover, as Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas, dean of the White House correspondents, recently learned, too-persistent questioning on sensitive issues means that the next time you are ignored, even relegated to the back row of the briefing.
We couldn't be too surprised then by the admission that Jeff Gannon was planted by the Bush Administration to ask all the right questions.
In more recent comments by Ben that you can read here, he points to an analysis by American Blog (read it here) reveals the fact that Jeff Gannon, Bush Administration Press Bitch, has what some in the Administration might call "a shady past". It seems that before Jeff came to Washington to make the President's press conferences he was, among other things, a male escort (whore) and operated websites with gay content. American Blog tells the story much more succinctly than I could ever hope to.
I have nothing against websites with gay content or gay people. I don't even have anything against whores. I have a problem with people who are so self-righteous and moral on the outside, but will hire a whore to pitch the President softball questions.
Since my initial post, I've heard the outcries via email:
"You KNOW Clinton did this."
"Like the Democrats wouldn't do the same thing."
To this, I say:
1) Show me an example of a Democrat who hired a former prostitute to help drive the propaganda machine. If you look at the websites, this guy makes Monica Lewinsky look like Mother Theresa.
2) Democrats are not the party who questions the morality of anyone who's not white, married to a white person of the opposite sex, Christian, and condemning of all who are not like them. Claiming to "protect" marriage from gay people and being the first President to refuse to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus since the group was formed are two perfect examples. Maybe the Republicans aren't as moral as they think they are.
I've often pointed out the hypocrisy of the Bush Administration, such as claiming to foster a "culture of life", despite assembly line style death row executions while Governor of Texas and bombing thousands of Iraqi women and children into the stone age. This is just one in a long line of examples of the irony and hypocrisy of Bush's "family values".