February 10, 2005


Online Reporter Quits After Liberals' Expose (Howard Kurtz, February 10, 2005, Washington Post)

The conservative reporter who asked President Bush a loaded question at a news conference last month resigned yesterday after liberal bloggers uncovered his real name and raised questions about his background.

Jeff Gannon, who had been writing for the Web sites Talon News and GOPUSA, is actually James Dale Guckert, 47, and has been linked to online domain addresses with sexually provocative names.

He has been under scrutiny since asking Bush how he could work with Senate Democratic leaders "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality."

Posing as a member of the White House press corps and then asking a question like that is like Manute Bol trying to infiltrate the KKK.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2005 3:00 PM

Somewhat off-topic, but I've always loved the way one early scouting report described Bol: "a gigantic pencil with feet."

Posted by: joe shropshire at February 10, 2005 3:29 PM

If only the guy had used Eason Jordan as his nom de plume everyone could have had oodles of fun with this story.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2005 3:46 PM

"after liberal bloggers uncovered his real name"

No wonder they never have the time to comment on Jordan or Rather or any other infractions by "real reporters"— they are too busy protecting the White House Press Corp and insuring that it remains pure and uncontaminated.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 10, 2005 5:14 PM

Only 'real reporters' have the G-d-given right to mislead, lie, cheat, steal, etc. Didn't you know that?

We went through 8 years of Presidential press conferences with Slick Willie where the vaunted White House press corps didn't just lob softballs at him, but gave him a tee and allowed him to place the ball on top of it.

Off topic, the line about Manute Bol made me think of 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'

'The color guard is colored.'

Posted by: Bart at February 11, 2005 7:57 AM