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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:00 PM
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E&P - McClellan Reveals That Gannon/Guckert Got GOPUSA Press Pass
Excuse if a re-post, I had not seen this before. E&P post date is 5:20PM

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http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp...

Scott McClellan Reveals That Gannon/Guckert Got GOPUSA Press Pass

By Joe Strupp

Published: February 18, 2005 5:20 PM ET

NEW YORK Former Talon News reporter James Guckert obtained his first White House press credentials as a representative of the pro-Republican Web site, GOPUSA, not as a Talon News reporter, as previously believed, Press Secretary Scott McClellan told E&P today.
McClellan said White House Press Office staffers considered the openly partisan site to be a legitimate news organization when they gave Guckert, a.k.a. Jeff Gannon, the first of numerous day passes in February 2003.

"He faxed a letter in on his letterhead, they checked that it was a conservative news Web site he worked for," McClellan explained, referring to his staffers who handled such credentialing at the time. "There was a check to make sure it was a news organization and a news Web site. There was a determination made at that point ."

McClellan, who was deputy press secretary under Ari Fleischer when the initial Guckert approvals were given, became press secretary in July 2003. He said he currently has a staff of 12, only one of whom handles the 20 to 25 daily press passes issued each day. He said he had spoken with the staffer who approved Guckert's initial credential, but would not identify the person or comment on how he or she could consider GOPUSA -- which is run by Texas Republican activist Bobby Eberle -- to be a legitimate news organization. "Our staff assistants do a good job," he said. "The staff assistant went to verify that the news organization existed." However, Eberle has told The New York Times that he later created Talon to build a news service with a conservative slant and "if someone were to see 'GOPUSA,' there's an instant built-in bias there."

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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:26 PM
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1. Man, they had little to work with to come up with this story.....
This story makes is worse.

The GOPUSA is TIGHT with the admin - they would know that they are 'arrangers' not journalists.

Looks even worse.

Worsie...worsie...worsie - Karen or Karl or Ari or Bartlett or Allbaugh or Scott ....OR....TOM DELAY?
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chookie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:35 PM
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3. Uh, like Dina Powell
Are we supposed to believe NO ONE knew her husband was part of GOPUSA?

Isn't that the sort of thing flying monkeys would brag about to their beloved Chimperial Majesty?

Of course they knew. And I bet BUSH knew.
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chookie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:31 PM
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2. They haven't been around as long as BartCop
Edited on Fri Feb-18-05 10:37 PM by chookie
Has anyone looked at their site? It's a joke. Hey, it's a free country and freepers can go post idiotic web pages with "editorials" which defame Democrats, but, when they go beyond taking on "airs", and actually manage to penetrate the elite Press Corps in spite of being such laughable amateurs -- that's a different matter.

Here is a page that GOPUSA links to -- this is the cache version, because they scrubbed it from their website since yesterday to further cover their tracks
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:38PG4ZIHDvkJ:www.g...

Note that they link to ProBush.com
www.proBush.com

Have a look around. It looks like the home page of a stupid freeper. Members of GOPUSA/Talon have connection to ProBush.com

This is the sort of "news" they are associated with?
http://www.probush.com/gaydancers.htm

Sorry, it has nothing to do with their politics. GOPUSA is simply a hack website -- NOT a news organization. Scotty is lying again.

And note that GOPUSA is scrubbing everything, purging all references to JG. And yet they say they support him. What's going on?

Obviously they are hiding something, and do not want his documents scrutinized. But were too stupid to know about caches. What Maroons....

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