Remember "Jeff Gannon," the White House reporter who lobs softballs
at Scottie McClellan when the other mean reporters won't let up with the real
The "Jeff Gannon" who accused his colleagues of "working off
the talking points provided by the Democrats" and then was found to have
copied info directly from GOP documents and used it in his "news report"?
This would be the same "Jeff Gannon" who was subpoenaed in connection
with the Plame investigation because he somehow obtained a copy of a purported
State Dept. document which said that Ms. Plame had a hand in arranging the assignment
to Niger for her husband (an allegation -- and document -- denied by the CIA).
Yes, we're talking about "Jeff Gannon, Washington Bureau Chief, Talon
News" -- Talon News being the rinkydink
wingnut "news service" chaired by the same guy who runs GOP
USA (the wingnut site that is less upscale than Renew American, but slightly
more professional than BushCountryUSA, and apparently run by various members
of the Texas GOP).
Anyway, ever since it was revealed that "Jeff Gannon" is a pseudonym
(even though he apparently gets daily White House passes issued in that name),
bloggers have been trying to ascertain his real identity. Susan
G. at Daily Kos (with the assistance of her readers) has been very energetic
and organized in this endeavor, and has uncovered a great deal of interesting
and suggestive info about "Jeff" and his associates.
So, just who is Jeff? Well, his Talon News bio has been delated, but it formerly
indicated that he was a obtained a B.S. degree in Education from the Pennsylvania
State University System, and attended a two-day right-wing school of journalism
("the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism"). Oh, and
he "lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC."
His posts at his site "ConservativeGuy.com" also seem to have disappeared,
but Susan and
her readers found an archived copy
of his "Who is Conservative Guy?" bio -- and it seems to indicate
that "Jeff" can't hold a job:
I've been a preppie, a yuppie, blue-collar, green-collar and white-collar.
I've served in the military, graduated from college, taught in the public school
system, was a union truck driver, a management consultant, a fitness instructor
and an entrepreneur. I'm a two-holiday Christian and I usually vote Republican
because they most often support conservative positions
His gun of choice is a Beretta 9mm, and he drives a Nissan Pathfinder.
Anyway, "Jeff" has noted the efforts to identify him, and seems delighted
with the attention. He recently posted the following at
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
The hard-core Lefties are conducting an exhaustive search for me in cyberspace,
which has produced an entertaining mosaic of conspiracy theories. I appreciate
all the attention, but I can do without the threats on my person, property and
For those out there that still have questions about me and don't think I should
be able to be a journalist, here's what you need to know:
I'm everything people on the Left seem to despise. I'm a man who is white,
politically conservative, a gun-owner, an SUV driver and I've voted for Republicans.
I'm pro-American, pro-military, pro-democracy, pro-capitalism, pro-free speech,
anti-tax and anti-big government. Most importantly, I'm a Christian. Not only
by birth, but by rebirth through the blood of Jesus Christ. [But apparently
only at Christmas and Easter, if you go by his ConservativeGuy post.]
I've never been paid by a politician or given money to a politician. I've never
worked on a campaign or worked for an elected official. I've never run for office
or been appointed to any government position at any level. Few, if any of my
colleagues can make the same claim.
And few, if any, of his colleagues in the White House press corps appear to
have so few qualifications for the job.
Anyway, "Jeff" seems to be your basic loser who has tried a lot of
dead-end jobs and get-rich quick schemes, and then finally, despite any previous
experience in journalism (or even any experience or interest in politics or
government) got some wingnut group with possible ties to the GOP to pay him
a salary -- and now he's a White House Reporter. So, he's everything that Judson
Cox hopes to be in 20 years (although Judson has worked on local campaigns,
so is probably overqualified to be Jeff).
And yet, despite that lack of background, and the fact that Talon News isn't
really a news organization, somehow the White House lets Jeff into the press
conferences ever day, and regularly takes his questions.
Don't believe it? Well, here's part of a program note from Sean Hannity's radio
show from last year:
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Sean spends a moment with Jeff Gannon, Washington Bureau Chief for Talon News.com.
Jeff talks about his daily meetings with White House Press Secretary Scott McCellan.
And now Jeff has his own weekly radio program on "RightTalk," along
with such notable wingnuts as Paul Weyrich and Grover Norquist.
Well, today Atrios
seems to have IDed Mr. "Gannon":
Sources allege that Jeff
Gannon's real name is James D. "JD" Guckert, though I have not
been able to confirm this.
But this would make perfect sense, because when the folks at Kos did some digging
into the background of Jeff's various sites, they found that they were all registered
to "Bedrock Corp" of Wilmington, DE, and the address provided was
a Mailbox, Inc location. However, poster dqueue did some further Googling and
found another address for Bedrock Corp. of Wilmington -- this address was a
single-family home, and it was associated with a "Jim Guckert" who
was listed on a business directory page for court reporting and secretarial
services in Wilmington. (I found another listing for Bedrock Corp, this one
describing it as a "Management Consultant business" -- so, maybe Jim
provides both secretarial services AND management consulting.)
And when I did some "People Find" checks, I found an entry for "James
Dale Guckert" (AKA Jim Dale Guckert), age 47, of Delaware. He was matched
with two addresses in Newark, five in Wilmington, and one in Cincinnati, OH.
(But you had to pay to get the complete report on him, so I didn't.) Anyway,
I'm guessing that James/Jeff used to live in Cincinatti (and maybe attended
college there), and has bounced around Delware since then. And he may not actually
live on Capitol Hill (at least, he may not have registered his Nissan Pathfinder
and his Beretta in D.C.)
I can't seem to find out anything more about Jim/Jeff. I guess he's just one
of those people who haven't done anything that made the papers (or the internet).
That is, until 2003 when he changed his name and suddenly became a White House
reporter, thus beginning his close association with Ari and Scottie and President
George! (And he was doing this on a daily basis, and for a fake news service
that one wouldn't think could afford to pay much of a salary.*) And then the
very next year, he was getting classified (although probably fake) memos which
appeared designed to discredit Valerie Plame.
Only in America!
* TalonNews invites YOU to be on the team:
Talon News Team
Want to join the Talon News team? Click here
to find out more about being a volunteer reporter for Talon News.
Well, you'd just be a volunteer, but think of all the great cutting and pasting
from GOP material you'd get to do. Yes, since Talon News doesn't seem to be
making any money, I guess they must get the fund to pay their Washington Bureau
Chief from outside donations ...