Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Both Houses of Congress Get Involved in 'Gannon' Case

Both Houses of Congress Get Involved in 'Gannon' Case

Editor and Publisher reports:

- Two leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee want the federal prosecutor investigating the Valeria Plame case to subpoena a personal journal of controversial White House reporter James Guckert.

- In addition, E&P has confirmed an online report that Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) is circulating a letter among his colleagues that asks President Bush to launch an investigation into how Guckert, who writes under the byline “Jeff Gannon,” gained access to White House press briefings over two years despite having no journalism background and using a false name.


SEE ACTION ALERT at AMERICAblog - Tell your US Senators to sign the Durbin letter about Gannon


Speaking on condition of anonymity, an aide for Sen. Harry Reid has said the Senator has joined the call for an investigation. SEE RAW STORY

John Kerry has signed on. After making waves on Bill Maher, Joe Biden confuses and disappoints by declining to sign.

Jon Aravosis at Americablog has posted about a World Net Daily article which is highly critical and suspicious toward J.D. Guckert's easy access to the White House Press Corps. Here is an important quote from the WND article by Joseph Farah:
"You might remember the two-year fight WorldNetDaily waged to become credentialed by the Senate Press Gallery. Meanwhile, an activist organization – pretending to be a journalistic one and ensnared in personal scandal – pranced into the White House and secured access to the president of the United States. It raises serious security questions. It raises questions of propriety. It raises questions of judgment. And it raises questions about the role of a free press in a free society."

Heidi Anderson:Liberal Media?! Get real!

Heidi Anderson:
Liberal Media?! Get real!

I am leading you to Heidi Anderson's guest column at The Shorthorn, newspaper for the University of Texas at Arlington, where Heidi is a history senior.

No Meaning in Liberal Media -
Phony reporter disproves this bias in broadcasting

"I did not learn about James Guckert on the local news. I did not hear about him on any cable news networks either. I certainly did not read about him in The Dallas Morning News. I was not informed about this very important story by any of the traditional news media outlets; so I have two words to say to all you conservatives who claim that our news is delivered by a “liberal media”:

"Get real."

Media Matters: Local US Newspapers speak out

Capital Times (Common Dreams) - Bush's Journalism Jihad Exposed

John Steinberg - Raw Story Column

Salon - 'Gannongate': It's Worse Than You Think

Alternet -
"Behind every scandal of the past few decades -- from Watergate to Iran-Contra -- was a congress controlled by the opposition party. Dems can't issue subpoenas and thus, Hertzberg concludes, Gannongate is likely to end up Nothinggate."

*Nothinggate: See Hendrik Hertzberg
Buzzflash - Mark Crispin Miller Examines Mainstream Media's Blind Eye Towards the Gannongate Sex Scandal

Donald Russo/Morning Call - White House Owes Us an Explanation

Senate Dems Asking for Inquiry on Gannon/Media

Senate Dem Leadership Asking for Inquiry on Gannon/Media

Thank you, Senator Durbin, and all Senators who care about citizens' concern about the state of the media's relatonship with the White House.

U.S. Senators: Please join the call for this inquiry.

Bush In Europe

Bush In Europe
Bush In Europe

Bush Tells Europe United Front Against Iran 'Essential,' But Refuses To Provide It, nyt
Most European Press Believe Bush Words Don't Match His Deeds, nyt
Germans offer a chilly welcome to Bush, Cathy Grieve, BBC
Bush's charm offensive falls foul of Chirac, Settle
Chirac defies Bush on China arms, BBC
Bush Faces European Disagreement On China Arms Embargo, nyt
Bush threatens reprisals over EU arms sales to China, Castle
Chirac urges Bush to offer Iran incentives, AFP
Bush in Europe: tensions boil beneath talk of transatlantic unity, Van Auken
Different Trip, Same Old Bush, Froomkin
More hot air from Bush in Brussels, tehran
Bush warns Russia on the rule of law, Bumiller
Next stop Bratislava and a testing time with his pal Putin, Tisdall
Bush May Feel Chilly Blast From Russians, nyt
Barroso's EU thermostat set on cool for Bush, Vinocur
EU "Keen" To Host Conference On Aid To Iraq, BBC
Iraq clouds Bush's Europe visit, Deccan Herald

Iraq issue is not over, EU tells US, afp
Only friends in hall for Bush's speech, Bowley
Why Europe Matters, Bergmann
Europe: Happy Meals, Harvey+Legum+Baskin
Bush listens to Europe's concerns, Jonathan Marcus, BBC
Ed: Bush's European visit, asahi ed
Europeans, lend Bush your ears, Dale
Pictures: Bush in Europe, Hindustan Times
US and EU: double standards in trade policies, Shahid Javed Burki
All 26 NATO allies will help train Iraqi forces in Europe, AP
Anti-Bush Protesters Dispersed At EU Headquarters, AP