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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:41 PM
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Media Matters: Uncovers White House Reporter Copying GOP Documents
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=42277

Gannongate: Media Matters for America Uncovers White House Reporter Copying GOP Documents

1/27/2005 9:29:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Talon News Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon, who accused his colleagues in the press corps of "work(ing) off of the talking points" provided by Democrats, has used Bush administration and Republican National Committee (RNC) documents and releases in his Talon "news reports" verbatim and without attribution. In at least two of his articles, Gannon lifted more than half of the text directly from GOP "fact sheets." Moreover, as Media Matters for America has pointed out, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed that Gannon repeated a fabricated assertion of Limbaugh's in asking a question at President Bush's January 26 press conference.

From the January 27 edition of "Jeff Gannon's Washington" radio show on the conservative Internet radio website RIGHTALK:

GANNON: But what was very interesting, in his (Bush's) answer, was that -- that he's going to go to the American people. That was the first thing out of his mouth. That "Well, I'm going to take my case to the American people." Which told everybody in that room that not only was he not going to reach out to Democrats anymore, he was also going to go around the press corps, which, of course, deserves to be gone around because they're not telling the truth about Social Security reform. They continue to work off of the talking points provided them from the opposition. And I know that because I have seen some of my colleagues -- let's say one or two that I've actually witnessed - - read from DNC (Democratic National Committee) talking points on Social Security.

more:
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=42277
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scottxyz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:49 PM
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1. More on Gannon here...
http://atrios.blogspot.com/2005_01_23_atrios_archive.ht...

According to sources, Jeff Gannon's real name is not, in fact, Jeff Gannon. According to the same sources, his White House press credentials list him as "Jeff Gannon" - they let him use his pseudonym -- even though married female reporters, who use their maiden name professionally, are given credentials with their married name and aren't allowed to be credentialed under their maiden names...
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:08 PM
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8. So... he should use his freeper name???
now what could that be???

I'm guessin' here...
but it would fit





Sid Hugh Ithead ??
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ozarklib Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:31 PM
Response to Reply #1
16. Why do they bother
to use the "married" name at all. Just use their original name all the time. (I hate the term "maiden" name.) I did that and have not had any problems with it. It's not like it's 1950. Lots of couples use separate names.
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itzamirakul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:50 PM
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2. Another one hits the dust...
at least for a minute or two...

Oh what a web we weave
When first we practice to deceive
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:02 PM
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38. Rove's "evil twin"? Seriously, this guy seems an "under the table",...
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 08:03 PM by Just Me
,...associate to Rove. Wouldn't it be amazing if we found out they are related (by blood or other "history") *LOL*?
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:52 PM
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3. Bush Should Be Impeached by the People
These crooks should not be allowed to represent the People of this country.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:54 PM
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4. I hate to tell ya...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 08:57 PM by grasswire
...but this is a dupe. The story was on DU yesterday.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:58 PM
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5. I did a search and...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 09:06 PM by truthpusher
...I found nothing on Gannon? I always check before I post. Sometimes I don't see a story anyhow. I just checked again and the same? what gives, do you have a link to the other story?

on edit: saw the link, thanks. I see that there was an 'earlier' story (this is from today) in the Media forum. This is a pretty big story that is starting to hit the fan, so maybe it's good that I put it in LBN? Who knows, but thanks.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:27 PM
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14. the date on this is the 27th, 9 am
I don't mean to be a stickler, it's just that it's hard to keep all the scandals straight and people may think this is yet another one if it's in LBN.
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:04 PM
Response to Reply #14
23. PM - check the link...
sorry to be a stickler :o
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sonicx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:59 PM
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6. this is a different story, i think...
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:26 PM
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12. same story
This is a newswire account of the same story. It's dated yesterday, Thursday the 27th.

No biggie.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:07 PM
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7. Jeff Gannon pulls the strings at Freeperville
He is the one who gets the freepers focused on issues the WH needs them to work on. He stirs up all the patriotism and hate over there.
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:10 PM
Response to Reply #7
9. Really.....so who's our Jeff Gannon?
:evilgrin:
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:23 PM
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10. I wish we had a Jeff Gannon
We are unfocused.

This is a huge story which ties into Seymour Hersh's story. But perhaps only one or two percent of DUers are even aware. Even if aware, there is no organized plan on how to help develop the story.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:33 PM
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17. Media Matters is doing a tremendous work in this area!!!!!
http://mediamatters.org /





Talon News, a conservative company whose Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon is well-known for asking loaded pro-Republican questions at White House press briefings, appears to be more a political organization than a media outlet. Read more
http://mediamatters.org/items/200501280006

Talon News "reporter" lifts from GOP documents verbatim for "news reports"
http://mediamatters.org/items/top/200501280001

Gannon responds to Media Matters report that he copied GOP materials
http://mediamatters.org/items/top/200501280005
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:38 PM
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19. More on Gannongate from MediaMatters
http://mediamatters.org/items/200501280011

Fake news, part 1: Talon News has White House press credentials, but should it?

Fake news, part 2: Two more conservative columnists (at least) took government cash to promote policies

Fake news, part 3: Kristol, Krauthammer provided advice for Bush speech, then lauded it

Fake news, part 4: Hannity admitted he should have disclosed ties to organization he praised

FOX's Special Report guest list includes both sides: conservatives who support Bush policies and progressives who support Bush policies

Coming next: "Doubleplusgood accounts"

Great reading!!!!!
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:13 PM
Response to Reply #10
24. I don't want to sound like...
...a dick....but, :eyes: so much time is spent on story's that have a hypothetical sort of interest on this site (I'm as guilty as anybody on this). Like the story about the kid boiling the Guinea pig? I find it strange that a really meaty story like this 'Media Matters' story gets little attention? I have also noticed that some of the big story's that do get attention, like the recent Payola stuff, people only want to hear one side of the story? I posted a story featuring a rebuttal by one of the accused and it fell like a lead brick? It's really important to know all sides of a story as well as seek the 'whole' truth in a situation.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:39 PM
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26. As I said, DU is not a focused forum. Activism is very low here.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:42 PM by Robbien
One thing about this story is that it is overwhelming. The whole scope is just sinking in for me and it is sapping what little optimism I had left.

And if Hersh is right, there is not a thing we can do about it. The only thing which can save us from their plan is the economy tanking. Of course when the economy tanks we have a whole other ball of despair to deal with.

Edit: Forgot to say that many of the fluff stories are being put here on purpose, to distract. Ever since this story started heating up, haven't you noticed the increased flow of the subversive posters?
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AZCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:06 AM
Response to Reply #26
29. That may just be part of the increasing popularity of DU
It would be hard to identify a single cause behind the disruptions at DU - remember that DU has become a higher profile site recently. It is possible that the flood is because more people have heard about the site and therefore the pool of potential disruptors is that much larger.

Or maybe people just care more about Brad and Jennifer now that the election is over. ;)
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:00 PM
Response to Reply #26
34. Which article of Hersh's are you referring to???
And....do you have a link where I can read it?

Hersh is awesome!! I hope his article about attacking Iran carries as much weight as Mi Lai or Abu Gahrib <sp?>.

:kick: :kick:
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:28 PM
Response to Reply #7
15. don't give the guy that much power
He's just another peon. The real powers are Kristinn and Doug From Upland.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:37 PM
Response to Reply #15
18. How do you know that Kristinn, Doug and Jeff are not
one and the same, or part of the same team.

There are a couple of other names to lump in with those three, all of which are always guiding the conversations and instigating the activisms for gang of nine in Hersh's report.

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:01 PM
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33. well, I do
Kristinn lives in D.C. He's been on C-span and been on a live chat with WaPo. He's well known to be a D.C. resident.

Doug from Upland lives in California and is well known as a resident there. He's been on c-span from a FR gathering there.

Photos exist of all these people.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:24 PM
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11. Mockingbird Op, what else?
http://www.sourcewatch.org/wiki.phtml?title=Operation_M...


snip

"Journalism is a perfect cover for CIA agents. People talk freely to journalists, and few think suspiciously of a journalist aggressively searching for information. Journalists also have power, influence and clout. Not surprisingly, the CIA began a mission in the late 1940s to recruit American journalists on a wide scale, a mission it dubbed Operation MOCKINGBIRD. The agency wanted these journalists not only to relay any sensitive information they discovered, but also to write anti-communist, pro-capitalist propaganda when needed."

"Perhaps no newspaper is more important to the CIA than the Washington Post, one of the nation's most right-wing dailies. Its location in the nation's capitol enables the paper to maintain valuable personal contacts with leading intelligence, political and business figures. Unlike other newspapers, the Post operates its own bureaus around the world, rather than relying on AP wire services. Owner Philip Graham was a military intelligence officer in World War II, and later became close friends with CIA figures like Frank Wisner, Allen Dulles, Desmond FitzGerald and Richard Helms. He inherited the Post by marrying Katherine Graham, whose father owned it."

"Sig Mickelson was a CIA asset the entire time he was president of CBS News from 1954 to 1961. Later he went on to become president of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, two major outlets of CIA propaganda."

"The CIA also secretly bought or created its own media companies. It owned 40 percent of the Rome Daily American at a time when communists were threatening to win the Italian elections. Worse, the CIA has bought many domestic media companies. A prime example is Capital Cities, created in 1954 by CIA businessman William J. Casey (who would later become Ronald Reagan's CIA director). Another founder was Lowell Thomas, a close friend and business contact with CIA Director Allen Dulles. Another founder was CIA businessman Thomas Dewey. By 1985, Capital Cities had grown so powerful that it was able to buy an entire TV network: ABC."

"For those who believe in 'separation of press and state,' the very idea that the CIA has secret propaganda outlets throughout the media is appalling. The reason why America was so oblivious to CIA crimes in the 40s and 50s was because the media willingly complied with the agency."

from Steve Kangas "Origins of the Overclass" also here:
http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-overclass.html
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:02 PM
Response to Reply #11
20. Isn't MockingBird Op just the propaganda media arm of
the covert gang of nine from Herst's article?
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:03 PM
Response to Reply #20
22. yeah--they've been pulling the strings for decades
same creepy crypto criminals doing the same secret stuff.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:30 PM
Response to Reply #22
25. All this ranting we here at DU have been doing about the media
has really been just a futile endeavor. We are just little yapping dogs nipping at these guys heels when we write LTTE's and call/email media stations. These guys work as one and have a plan.

Gah! I really don't know what to think.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:27 PM
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13. Got a ruling from admin....
See http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I hope this is one that is allowed in full:

Gannongate: Media Matters for America Uncovers White House Reporter Copying GOP Documents

1/27/2005 9:29:00 PM


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To: National Desk, Political Reporter

Contact: Melissa Salmanowitz of Media Matters for America, 202-756-4109 or MSalmanowitz@mediamatters.org

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Talon News Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon, who accused his colleagues in the press corps of "work(ing) off of the talking points" provided by Democrats, has used Bush administration and Republican National Committee (RNC) documents and releases in his Talon "news reports" verbatim and without attribution. In at least two of his articles, Gannon lifted more than half of the text directly from GOP "fact sheets." Moreover, as Media Matters for America has pointed out, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed that Gannon repeated a fabricated assertion of Limbaugh's in asking a question at President Bush's January 26 press conference.

From the January 27 edition of "Jeff Gannon's Washington" radio show on the conservative Internet radio website RIGHTALK:

GANNON: But what was very interesting, in his (Bush's) answer, was that -- that he's going to go to the American people. That was the first thing out of his mouth. That "Well, I'm going to take my case to the American people." Which told everybody in that room that not only was he not going to reach out to Democrats anymore, he was also going to go around the press corps, which, of course, deserves to be gone around because they're not telling the truth about Social Security reform. They continue to work off of the talking points provided them from the opposition. And I know that because I have seen some of my colleagues -- let's say one or two that I've actually witnessed - - read from DNC (Democratic National Committee) talking points on Social Security.

Following are three examples of Gannon lifting extensively from an RNC "Fact Sheet," a White House "Fact Sheet" and directly from President Bush in his "news reports."

On August 9, 2004, the RNC released a "Fact Sheet" titled "America's Ownership Society: Expanding Opportunities." On August 10, Talon News published an article by Gannon titled "Bush Pushes Ownership Society." Of the 866 words in Gannon's article, 466 -- 54 percent of the article -- were taken directly from the RNC talking points.

The relevant portions of both documents are displayed below. The RNC release is listed first followed by Gannon's article:

--- RNC "Fact Sheet," 8/9/04

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which combine low-cost, high- deductible health insurance with tax-free savings accounts to pay for health care expenses.

--- Gannon article, 8/10/04

He is touting health savings accounts (HSAs) that combine low- cost, high-deductible health insurance with tax-free savings accounts to pay for health care expenses. The president has also proposed that insurance premiums associated with HSAs be tax deductible.

--- RNC:

Association Health Plans (AHPs) to give America's working families greater access to affordable health insurance. By allowing small businesses to band together and negotiate on behalf of their employees and their families, AHPs would help small businesses and employees obtain health insurance at an affordable price, much like large employers and unions.

--- Gannon:

Bush is also promoting greater access to association health plans. He says that by allowing small businesses to band together and negotiate on behalf of their employees and their families, AHPs would help small businesses and employees obtain health insurance at an affordable price, much like large employers and unions.

--- RNC:

Strengthening Medicare. President Bush signed legislation in 2003 to establish a prescription drug benefit under Medicare. Under this plan, private health plans will compete for seniors' business by providing better coverage at affordable prices -- helping to control the costs of Medicare by using market-place competition, not government price-setting. And seniors will be able to choose the health care plan that best fits their needs -- instead of having that choice made by the government.

--- Gannon:

The president also believes Medicare would be strengthened if private health plans would be able to compete for seniors' business by providing better coverage at affordable prices. This would help to control the costs of Medicare by using market-place competition, not government price-setting. And seniors would be able to choose the health care plan that best fits their needs instead of having that choice made by the government.

--- RNC:

Expanding Homeownership. The President believes that homeownership is the cornerstone of America's vibrant communities and benefits individual families by building stability and long- term financial security. In June 2002, President Bush issued America's Homeownership Challenge to the real estate and mortgage finance industries to encourage them to join the effort to close the gap that exists between the homeownership rates of minorities and non-minorities. The President also announced the goal of increasing the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million families before the end of the decade. Under his leadership, the overall U.S. homeownership rate in the second quarter of 2004 was at an all time high of 69.2 percent. Minority homeownership set a new record of 51 percent in the second quarter, up 0.2 percentage point from the first quarter and up 2.1 percentage points from a year ago.

--- Gannon:

Bush believes that home ownership is the cornerstone of America's vibrant communities and benefits individual families by building stability and long-term financial security. In June 2002, President Bush issued America's Homeownership Challenge to the real estate and mortgage finance industries to encourage them to join the effort to close the gap that exists between the homeownership rates of minorities and non-minorities.

Increase (sic) the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million families before the end of the decade. In the second quarter of 2004 overall U.S. homeownership rate was at an all time high of 69.2 percent. Minority homeownership set a new record of 51 percent in the second quarter, up 0.2 percentage point from the first quarter and up 2.1 percentage points from a year ago.

--- RNC:

President Bush's initiative to dismantle the barriers to homeownership includes: American Dream Downpayment Initiative, which provides down payment assistance to approximately 40,000 low-income families;

Affordable Housing. The President has proposed the Single- Family Affordable Housing Tax Credit, which would increase the supply of affordable homes;

--- Gannon:

Bush established several initiatives to dismantle the barriers to homeownership that include a program that provides down payment assistance to approximately 40,000 low-income families and a single-family affordable housing tax credit that would increase the supply of affordable homes.

--- RNC:

Helping Families Help Themselves. The President has proposed increasing support for the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunities Program; and

Simplifying Homebuying and Increasing Education. The President and HUD want to empower homebuyers by simplifying the home buying process so consumers can better understand and benefit from cost savings.

--- Gannon:

He has also proposed increasing support for the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunities Program and education that would empower homebuyers by simplifying the home buying process.

--- RNC:

Entrepreneurial Spirit of America: Providing Tax Relief to American Families and Small Businesses. President Bush acted promptly to help America's workers by providing tax relief to put more money in families' pockets and encourage businesses to grow and invest. Tax relief brought substantial savings to families and helped fight back the effects of the recession. America's families and small businesses have more money to spend, save, and invest because of the President's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. This year, 111 million taxpayers will receive, on average, a tax cut of $1,586 and 25 million small business owners will receive $75 billion in total tax relief.

--- Gannon:

Democrats contend that the Bush tax cuts have had a detrimental effect on the economy, but Bush says that his cuts were the right medicine for the ailing economy he inherited. He points out that tax relief helped America's workers but putting more money in families' pockets and encouraging businesses to grow and invest. America's families and small businesses have more money to spend, save, and invest because of the President's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. This year, 111 million taxpayers will receive, on average, a tax cut of $1,586 and 25 million small business owners will receive $75 billion in total tax relief.

--- RNC:

President Bush has called on Congress to extend his tax relief plan set to expire next year. If Congress does not act, American families and businesses would see a tax increase starting next year, thereby hurting economic recovery and future job creation. Unless Congress takes action:

--- Gannon:

Bush has called on Congress to extend his tax relief plan set to expire next year. He says that if Congress does not act, American families and businesses would see a tax increase starting next year and damage economic recovery and future job creation.

--- RNC:

In 2006, the small business expensing limit will shrink from $100,000 to just $25,000, increasing the cost of capital investments for America's small businesses;

--- Gannon:

Without reauthorization, the small business expensing limit will shrink from $100,000 to just $25,000, increasing the cost of capital investments for America's small businesses in 2006.

--- RNC:

In 2009, the top tax rate on dividends will increase from 15 to 35 percent, while the tax on capital gains will climb from 15 to 20 percent, raising the tax burden on retirees and families investing for their future; and

In 2011, the tax rate relief, new 10-percent tax bracket, death tax repeal, marriage penalty relief, small business expensing, and all the remaining tax relief enacted over the past three years will sunset, resulting in tax increases for every individual American man or woman who pays income taxes.

--- Gannon:

By 2009, the top tax rate on dividends will have increased from 15 to 35 percent, while the tax on capital gains will climb from 15 to 20 percent, raising the tax burden on retirees and families investing for their future.

(...)

By 2011, the tax rate relief, new 10-percent tax bracket, death tax repeal, marriage penalty relief, small business expensing, and all the remaining tax relief enacted over the past three years will sunset, resulting in tax increases for every individual American man or woman who pays income taxes.

---

On August 16, 2004, the White House released a "Fact Sheet" titled "Making America More Secure By Transforming Our Military." On August 17, Talon published an article by Gannon titled "Bush Announces Major Force Redeployment." Again, much of Gannon's article was copied verbatim from the White House talking points, with several entire paragraphs apparently copied and pasted, the only modifications being occasional adjustments of verb tenses and pronouns. Out of the 808 words in Gannon's article, 420, or 52 percent, were copied from the White House "Fact Sheet."

The White House Fact Sheet is listed first followed by Gannon's article:

-- White House Fact Sheet (8/16/04):

President Bush today announced the most comprehensive restructuring of U.S. military forces overseas since the end of the Korean War.

-- Gannon article, 8/17/04:

President George W. Bush announced a major redeployment of troops Monday that he said would make America more secure by transforming the military. The plan is the most comprehensive restructuring of U.S. military forces overseas since the end of the Korean War.

--- White House:

By closing bases no longer needed to meet Cold War threats that have ended, this new initiative will bring home many Cold War-era forces while deploying more flexible and rapidly deployable capabilities in strategic locations around the world.

--- Gannon:

(...)

Officials believe that by closing bases no longer needed to meet Cold War threats that have ended, many Cold War-era forces can be brought home while deploying more flexible and rapidly deployable capabilities in strategic locations around the world.

--- White House:

Taking advantage of 21st century military technologies, the plan will increase U.S. military capabilities and combat power in every part of the world; improve our cooperation with, and our ability to defend, allies; and strengthen our ability to deter aggression -- all while reducing the number of U.S. forces stationed at overseas bases.

--- Gannon:

The administration says that taking advantage of 21st century military technologies the plan will increase U.S. military capabilities and combat power in every part of the world.

--- White House:

(...)

Develop flexibility to contend with uncertainty. Global threats to our national security can defy prediction. Therefore, the United States will develop new and expanded security relationships to emphasize flexibility in force posture.

--- Gannon:

(...)

Flexibility is a key principle of the realignment. Global threats to national security can defy prediction, with non-state actors appearing in opportune locations. The U.S. will develop new and expanded security relationships to emphasize flexibility in force posture.

--- White House:

Provide for both a regional and global forward presence. The demands of new threats require forces deployed overseas to be ready for missions anywhere in the world, regardless of where the forces are based -- while we must be prepared to act regionally and locally and to maintain our commitments to NATO and other allies.

--- Gannon:

Officials believe that the demands of new threats require forces deployed overseas to be ready for missions anywhere in the world, regardless of where the forces are based. The new plan provides for both a regional and global forward presence, recognizing that the U.S. must be prepared to act regionally and locally and to maintain its commitments to NATO and other allies.

--- White House:

Enable rapid power projection. Our overseas force realignment must improve rapid response capabilities for distant contingencies, because our forces will not likely fight where they are stationed. This requires an updated transport infrastructure to facilitate movement of forces, prepositioned equipment along transport routes, and lean command structures for deployable operations.

--- Gannon:

The overseas force realignment would improve rapid response capabilities for distant contingencies, since forces would not likely fight where they are stationed. An updated transport infrastructure is required to facilitate movement of forces with prepositioned equipment along transport routes and lean command structures for deployable operations.

--- White House:

Focus on capabilities instead of numbers. Leveraging U.S. advantages in speed, reach, precision, knowledge, and combat power is now the defining concept for military action. The number of forward-based forces in a given area is no longer an accurate representation of the effective military capability that the U.S. can bring to bear.

--- Gannon:

There is also a shift from sheer numbers to capabilities. Leveraging U.S. advantages in speed, reach, precision, knowledge, and combat power would now be the defining concept for military action. The number of forward-based forces in a given area would no longer be an accurate representation of the effective military capability that the U.S. could bring to bear.

--- White House:

Background

Our military global posture, developed to defend against Cold War adversaries, is not optimized to meet today's threats to our national security. Following World War II and the Korean War, our global posture focused on threats to specific regions and tailored our military presence to those regions. Our Cold War posture was established with the certainty that we knew our adversaries and where potential battles would be fought. But with the demise of the Soviet Union, once-familiar threats gave way to less predictable dangers. The lessons of the last 15 years teach us that we often send our forces to unpredictable places. The Cold War strategy of placing heavy forces in specific locations to defend against a known adversary needs to be changed to more effectively deal with today's threats.

--- Gannon:

The review of America's global military posture that was developed to defend against Cold War adversaries revealed that it is not optimized to meet present-day threats to national security. Following World War II and the Korean War, the global posture focused on threats to specific regions and tailored U.S. military presence to those regions. The Cold War posture was established with the certainty of where adversaries existed and potential battles would be fought.

The demise of the Soviet Union resulted in once-familiar threats giving way to less predictable dangers. The lessons of the last 15 years demonstrate that American forces are often sent to unpredictable places. The Cold War strategy of placing heavy forces in specific locations to defend against a known adversary is being changed to more effectively deal with modern threats.

--- White House:

It is no longer relevant to measure America's war-fighting capability by the number of troops and equipment in a particular country or region. During the 1990s, our military began a transformation from the industrial age to the information age. In this age, reach, stealth, precision, knowledge, and combat power, and not just the size of forces, allow us to dominate the battlespace. We learned that small, highly trained and networked units, platforms, and even individual warriors can have an effect on the battlefield that was previously reserved for much larger formations. Today, one high-tech ship or tank or aircraft can deliver the same combat power that once required ten ships or tanks or aircraft.

--- Gannon:

It is no longer relevant to measure America's war-fighting capability by the number of troops and equipment in a particular country or region. During the 1990s, the military began a transformation from the industrial age to the information age. In this age, reach, stealth, precision, knowledge, and combat power, and not just the size of forces, allowed the U.S. to dominate the battlespace. Small, highly trained and networked units, platforms, and even individual warriors can have an effect on the battlefield that was previously reserved for much larger formations. Today, one high-tech ship or tank or aircraft can deliver the same combat power that once required ten ships or tanks or aircraft.

---

Complete passages from a December 8, 2003, speech given by President Bush at the signing of the Medicare Act of 2003 appeared in their entirety in Gannon's December 9, 2003, article titled "Bush Signs Historic Medicare Bill." Though much of the rest of the article consisted of direct quotations of Bush's speech, these passages -- including direct quotations -- were not attributed to Bush. Of the article's 841 total words, 223, or 27 percent, were taken verbatim from Bush's speech and not credited as such. President's Bush speech is below followed by Gannon's article:

--- Bush Medicare Speech, 12/8/03:

Medicare today will pay for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery. That's at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare will not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. It's a good thing that Medicare pays when seniors get sick. Now, you see, we're taking this a step further -- Medicare will pay for prescription drugs, so that fewer seniors will get sick in the first place. (Applause.)

--- Gannon article, 12/9/03:

Bush cited an example that Medicare today will pay for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare will not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Preventive drugs will now be available through Medicare to avoid the enormous costs of surgery.

--- Bush:

Drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.

--- Gannon:

Additionally, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.

--- Bush:

(...)

Seniors will start seeing help quickly. During the transition to the full prescription benefit, seniors will receive a drug discount card. This Medicare-approved card will deliver savings of 10 to 25 percent off the retail price of most medicines. Low- income seniors will receive the same savings, plus a $600 credit on their cards to help them pay for the medications they need.

--- Gannon:

Even though some of the legislation doesn't take effect until 2006, President Bush reassured seniors that they would start seeing help quickly. During the transition to the full prescription benefit, seniors will receive a drug discount card. This Medicare-approved card will deliver savings of 10 to 25 percent off the retail price of most medicines. Low-income seniors will receive the same savings, plus a $600 credit on their cards to help them pay for the medications they need.

--- Bush:

In about two years, full prescription coverage under Medicare will begin. In return for a monthly premium of about $35, most seniors without any prescription drug coverage can now expect to see their current drug bills cut roughly in half. This new law will provide 95 percent coverage for out-of-pocket drug spending that exceeds $3,600 a year. For the first time, we're giving seniors peace of mind that they will not have to face unlimited expenses for their medicine.

--- Gannon:

In about two years, full prescription coverage under Medicare will begin. In return for a monthly premium of about $35, most seniors without any prescription drug coverage can now expect to see their current drug bills cut roughly in half. This new law will provide 95 percent coverage for out-of-pocket drug spending that exceeds $3,600 a year.

--- Bush:

The new law offers special help to one-third of older Americans will low incomes, such as a senior couple with low savings and an annual income of about $18,000 or less. These seniors will pay little or no premium for full drug coverage. Their deductible will be no higher than $50 per year, and their co-payment on each prescription will be as little as $1.

--- Gannon:

The new law offers special help to one-third of older Americans with low incomes, such as a senior couple with low savings and an annual income of about $18,000 or less. These seniors will pay little or no premium for full drug coverage. Their deductible will be no higher than $50 per year, and their co-payment on each prescription will be as little as $1.

---

As Media Matters for America has noted, while Talon News purports to be a news organization, Talon editor in chief Bobby Eberle and his company have extensive ties to the Republican Party. On his personal website, Gannon identifies himself as "a conservative journalist embedded with the liberal Washington press corps" and "A Voice of the New Media."

---

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Media Matters for America is the first organization to systematically monitor the media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. For more information, visit http://www.mediamatters.org .

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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:42 PM
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21. he learned that journalism technique at the Leadership institute? n/t :/
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DesEtoiles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:46 PM
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27. Any word on Gannon's response to being outed?
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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:25 AM
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30. Here's his website where he's responding..HA
"Media Matters For America Goes on the Attack! READ (WARNING: EXTERNAL LINK)

I guess I've really made the big time! The Media Matters piece has produced a huge spike in my hate mail. I am pleased to share what these lovers of free speech and diversity say to people who have a different viewpoint. FEELING THE LOVE...

The Lefties are going bonkers over this posting at MMFA: Hysteria! Just for the record, all material in these articles come from White House PRESS RELEASES, (you know, those things that a PRESS OFFICE puts out for use by the PRESS) and speech transcripts that are attributed to and accurately reflect the position of the President. In many cases I have liberally used the verbiage provided on key aspects of the issue because it is the precise expression of where the White House stands - free of any "spin." It's the ultimate in journalistic honesty - unvarnished and unfiltered. If only others would be as forthcoming.

Check out these headlines:

"Bush Pushes Ownership Society" - he did and I reported what he said!
"Bush Announces Major Troop Deployment" - he did and I reported what he said!
"Bush Signs Historic Medicare Bill" - he did and I reported what he said!"
http://www.jeffgannon.com/
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:29 AM
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31. actually, it's WARNING: LINK TO SEWERVILLE
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:19 PM
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36. Ya know....we should send this to all the congresscritters.
Since they're all getting their "news" from the BCM (bush corporate media), they need to know that what they read in the papers and see on teevee is coming straight from the white house.

After all, we don't need no stinkin' free press! <sarcasm>

:kick: :kick: :kick:

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DesEtoiles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:48 PM
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28. So you want focus? Let's all e-mail him - jeff.gannon@jeffgannon.com
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:43 AM
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32. is this number three or four of the White House media sluts??
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:09 PM
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35. this is the guy Scottie M. calls on all the time (well, a lot as I recall)
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wabeewoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:43 PM
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37. KOS has a great diary going on
trying to figure out who this guy really is and his connections. Seems this "Gannon" fellow has ties to the Plame memo, the Swift Boat crap and claims to have a part in the CBS guard memos. Just checked the thread and it seems they may have his real name now and SURPRISE< SURPRISE he has lots of links to the republican dirty trick machinery. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/1/29/152730/137
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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 01:01 AM
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39. Will this ever hit the MSM?
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