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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:28 PM
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Talon News - Reporters with fake names - Plame leak - Gov't propaganda
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 08:40 PM by Pirate Smile
What the hell is going on?

"Plame leaked by fake news source?
by SusanG

Fri Jan 28th, 2005 at 17:30:14 PST

Did the White House dribble the Plame leak through its own fake mouthpiece news source?
Consider:

A fake news service employs a fake reporter who apparently was the only one "identified by the Washington Post as having knowledge of the memo's existence." What leaked CIA memo, you ask? The one in which "Wilson ... suggests his wife was instrumental in his selection for the fact-finding trip to Africa."

Let's back this pony up and look at what's come out in the past week.

Media Matters for the past couple of days has been delving into the mysterious "Talon News Service" and its mysterious, oh-so-helpful shilling reporter at White House press conferences, "Jeff Gannon."

First, from Media Matters:

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.
Media Matters for America recently highlighted three Gannon articles that were little more than reprints of Republican and Bush administration releases; Media Matters has also noted Gannon's role as White House press secretary Scott McClellan's lifeline and Talon editor in chief Bobby Eberle's partisan political activities. A more in-depth look at Talon,Gannon,and Eberle casts additional doubt on Talon's claim to be a media outlet and raises questions about whether Gannon should be a credentialed member of the White House press corps.

Eberle is also,as Media Matters has previously noted,president and CEO of GOPUSA,a "conservative news,information,and design company dedicated to promoting conservative ideals." Though Eberle has claimed on the September 13,2004,edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country that GOPUSA and Talon News are separate companies,they overlap heavily.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/1/28/203014/655

Special Treatment for Gannon?

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...

...not sure why this isn't clear, but the point is that he's allowed to be credentialed under his professional pseudonym even though women whose "professional pseudonyms" are their maiden names aren't.

-Atrios 5:14 PM
http://atrios.blogspot.com /

Has the Armstrong Williams disclosure led to an even bigger hornets nest?

edit to add some Media Matters information

Eberle and Gannon both post on the right-wing online forum Free Republic, and Gannon has also hosted a radio show on Radio Free Republic. Eberle's and Gannon's posts on Free Republic suggest that the two have more in common with partisan political activists than with journalists; in some, Eberle and Gannon seem to be trying to organize political events:

--Eberle: "We're also planning to do more activities with FR as time goes along. I'm really looking forward to working with all of you!"
--Gannon (referring to a Bush press conference): "It was very difficult to keep from jumping up and cheering."
--Gannon: "Can we get a freep going at Kerry HQ? How bout some people throwing their DNC 'medals'? Jane's Fonda Kerry. John Fonda Kerry"
--Gannon (in response to a post suggesting it appeared McClellan "appreciated" a Gannon question "from the smirk he was trying to hold back"): "It's hard to say with Scott but he usually knows what he's going to get from me."
--Other Talon "staff" (it isn't clear if they get paid; the Talon News site refers to "volunteer reporters") also seem to be more Republican activists than reporters:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200501280006
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rqstnnlitnmnt Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:30 PM
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1. nice catch n/t
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Fla Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:55 AM
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32. From the last press conference, my mouth dropped when
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 08:58 AM by Fla Dem
I heard his questions. It may me think of the old Soviet regime.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

edited to add link.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:35 PM
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2. Talons are the names for claws on eagles. Pretty obvious upon reflection.
Wow....
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 05:09 PM
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51. i need to read closer
kick for the bookmark...
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:42 PM
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3. My fourth time now...Operation Mockingbird...repeat after me !
"Operation Mockingbird: CIA Media Manipulation"

http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_louise_01_03_03_mo...

"...Mockingbird was an immense financial undertaking with funds flowing from the CIA largely through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) founded by Tom Braden with Pat Buchanon of CNN's Crossfire.

Media corporations share members of the board of directors with a variety of other large corporations including banks, investment companies, oil companies, health care, pharmaceutical, and technology companies. Until the 1980's, media systems were generally domestically owned, regulated, and national in scope. However, pressure from the IMF, World Bank, and US government to deregulate and privatize, the media, communication, and new technology resulted in a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super-powerful transnational media corporations (mostly US based), working to advance the cause of global markets and the CIA agenda."



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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:51 AM
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31. Did you call C-span Saturday morning and ask the host about Operation
Mockingbird?

I'm scanning this thread and watching Wash Journal, a caller asks about Operation Mockingbird. The host had never heard of it.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:40 PM
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42. No. n/t
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:44 PM
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4. Eberle also ran the web-site for the Florida 2000 drive get Harris to
certify Bush "One Million Americans".
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:48 PM
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5. I guess that explains his needing to do Bible readings
One more time, just to prove their own hypocrisy.

From the header: "Bringing the Word of God to bear on the hearts and minds of those who make public policy in America."

Picture from the "National Bible Reading Marathon Off To A Wet and Wonderful Start!"


As Mr. Jeff Gannon of Talon News Service reads at the podium, other readers wait their turn bundled in thick rain coats.


http://www.faithandaction.org/050304NBRMDay1.htm

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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:50 PM
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7. Guess "God" forgot to call off the rain clouds, eh Jeff?
dipshit.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:08 PM
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38. I think "God" was waiting
to spare Mrs. Ashcroft from hearing all of the Crisco King's farewell. At least I think that's what Jon Stewart would say.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:50 AM
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27. As usual the freepers
had a huge turnout, not.

I bet their report of the event claims they had a huge crowd?

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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:29 PM
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41. LOL
How observant! I went back to the site and found the following caption under a picture (I was going to link to the picture but when I previewed it the thing was huge, so you have to suffer and go to the site if you want to see the empty tables):

The NBRM's information table was shrouded in plastic to protect from the elements. The tables are located next to the main walkway on the Capitol lawn's west side. Hundreds of visitors make their way to the Capitol via this walkway each day.


****
"Hundreds of visitors make their way to the Capitol via this walkway each day," explains why they are set-up where they are but it doesn't look like many of them stopped.

What's NOT said is, "Look how the faithful have abandoned God('s tables)" But then I scrolled down the page and found the real reason they were there quoted on their main sign. It quotes 2 Timothy 3:16 as "All scripture....is Profitable."

I looked it up just now, the actual quote is "All scripture given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." I've highlighted what was removed and the meaning changes. Like everything else, they pick and choose what they use to try to maximize its propaganda value.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:49 PM
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6. And what kind of retarded name is "Jeff Gannon"?

Sounds like the kind of name a fifth grader would come up with for a TV Cop.

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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:03 PM
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10. Well, "Fred Garvin" was taken eom
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:18 PM
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46. What is "Jeff Gannon's" real name?
Atrios site doesn't really say what his real name is. I've been snooping around and haven't found anything on a quick Google, except that he posts on Free Republic.

Anyone know?
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:52 PM
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8. Are professional journalists going to allow these bogus
clown acts to continue? Assuming there ARE any professional journalists?

--- 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.

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0127-17.htm


It's not like the rest of the questions were particularly confrontational, but there were two outrageous softballs pitched at yesterday's news conference. One came from Jeff Gannon, who works for Talon News, an obscure news outfit tied to a group called GOP USA. The other came from the Washington Times.

I've written about Gannon before. (See my Feb. 19 column and my March 10 column.

To give you an idea of where Gannon's coming from, visit his Web site, Jeffgannon.com, which features the following "NOTE TO MY LIBERAL COLLEAGUES: Bush is here for another 4 years. Get over it!"

Interestingly enough, it's not hard to figure out where Gannon got the idea for his question.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41596-20...


More from Media Matters:
>love them<

Limbaugh bragged that his show inspired Talon News "reporter's" erroneous question to Bush

Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed that he fabricated a point surfacing in a question that Talon News White House correspondent Jeff Gannon subsequently asked of President Bush at a January 26 White House press conference. Gannon asked Bush: "ow are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?" prefacing the question with the assertion that Senate Minority Leader "Harry Reid was talking about soup lines." But Reid made no reference to soup lines. As Limbaugh noted, "Uh, Harry Reid never said 'soup lines.' That's my term for the simple way to characterize the Democrats' view of America." Limbaugh said he was "flattered and honored and proud to have a point made by this program represented in the press conference and asked by a reporter."

http://mediamatters.org/items/200501270005


Gannon and GOPUSA are outed. Now, what about that propaganda legislation? This is a waste of taxpayer money. Putting a shill in the 'press corps'. gwb can't articulate. His puppet masters are now front and center mouthing his 'policies'.
What a disgrace.


http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&scori...
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:00 PM
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9. How did he get press credentials when it goes against the WH rules?
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 09:01 PM by Pirate Smile
I'd like an answer to that one.

It sounds like it isn't just the Agencies that are screwing around because this one goes straight to the WH.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:14 PM
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12. Agencies Schmagencies
I guess gwb didn't get a Daily Briefing titled:

"Shill, Phony, Mouthpiece, Copycat Pretending to Ask Questions at Press Conferences"
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:18 AM
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23. Checked your google link, the 2 places that carry most of his stuff ...
have forums. GOPUSA, TX & Men's News Daily, CA
Looked inside to see what kind of readers they have - bad idea! Freaky right wingers there, no wonder *ush wants this jerk in the press room tooting his horn for him, talk @ preaching to the choir!
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:10 PM
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11. So we should be able to send a WH correspondent journalist from DU, let's
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 09:11 PM by rumpel
apply, who volunteers?

on edit

DU News
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:23 PM
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13. All Just an Extension of the Fake Protesters in Florida in 2000 Tactic
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Sliverofhope Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:06 AM
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14. I'm glad you got this- I was going to post it.
Everyone needs to recommend this.
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ultraist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:19 AM
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15. It's one big *reality* show, complete with actors and stage craft, WTF?
Propaganda at it's best
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:28 AM
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18. Yeah- exactly. I think I just had a revelation.
That's all the Republican Party IS, now.

A bunch of bullshit propaganda.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:14 AM
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22. with Karl Rove-Oz behind the magic curtain ...
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:21 AM
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16. WOW!!!!!!
check out that first link to the dailykos entry.

people are coming up with all sorts of interesting information about Talon and Gannon and his "journalistic" training.

He must have gotten the "John Poindexter Award for TIPS on psy-ops on citizens" after his crueling week of education in a gop-funded program that sounds like the diploma mills you can send away for and become a totally uninformed preacher.

...and after completing such a rigorous program, it just so happens that he's in the White House press corps and gets called on by McClellan repeatedly...

wonder what share of that 88 million of our taxpayer dollars is going to keep gopusa and talon and that shilling piece of shit fake journalist in biz?


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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:30 AM
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19. There is the question that needs to be answered immediately!
Quote by RainDog: "wonder what share of that 88 million of our taxpayer dollars is going to keep gopusa and talon and that shilling piece of shi* fake journalist in biz?"

The question of the day!!!!! :think:
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:25 AM
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17. It's beginning to occur to me that the Republican Party is nothing
but one, massive propaganda outlet. That's ALL it is- set up for the purposes of making money.

How the FUCK can we beat this??
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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:58 AM
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20. According to his bio Jeff Gannon
Went to The leadership Institute.

From his bio "He is also a graduate of the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism."

That's where all these right wing journalists learn how to propagandize for the GOP I guess. Not only journalists but politicians, writters and others. They say they've had 40,000 graduates.

Alumni at faux news? the GOP?

http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/04RESOURCES/Building...
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:35 AM
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21. Maybe he's won a Peabody award, too...
Just Like Bill O'Shitty.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 09:09 AM
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33. It was a Polk.
Which is just as prestigious as a Peabody!
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:20 AM
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24. EVERYONE should look at that site:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:15 AM
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25. Ouch.
That really hurt.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:05 AM
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28. I did. Uggh. Here's an excerpt from a graduate profile for
Michelle Frey who works as a weekend anchor and reporter for central Nebraskas ABC affiliate, KHGI-TV, in Kearney, Nebraska.

Paving the Way to Balance in the Media

Michelle is paving the way for many conservatives to enter broadcast journalism thanks to the support of the Leadership Institutes donors. Without their generosity, the training of young conservatives would not be possible. Thanks to their continued support, the Leadership Institute continues its work to train and place conservatives in the media and increase the ranks of the at least 97 LI BJS grads who now work full time in television news at networks and local stations.

We need to check their alumni list!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 06:02 AM
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26. Senator Lautenberg is introducing the anti propaganda legislation
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 06:05 AM by sfexpat2000
and there's an org, the Project on Government Oversight, that just testified in respect to the Social Security Admin being used to shill for its own destruction by Bu$h.

www.pogo.org

They might be, ah, interested in "Gannon" and Talon.

On edit: this is their "expose corruption form". There are explicit instructions there and it can be done anonymously.

http://www.pogo.org/forms/expose.html
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:15 AM
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29. Leadership Institute Alumni
http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/02TRAINING/training....
"You have the opportunity to get the same training as many of today's most recognized and respected conservative leaders:"

United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Former Governor Jim Gilmore, Virginia
Congressman David McIntosh, Indiana
Congressman Mark Souder, Indiana
Congresswoman JoAnn Davis, Virginia
Congressman Joe Wilson, South Carolina
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Ralph Reed, Former Executive Director, Christian Coalition
Rob Anders, Member of Parliament, Canada

I haven't found the media alumni yet except for the woman at the network affiliate in Nebraska.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 07:18 AM
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30. LI is a 501 (c) (3) They've broken the law.
The Leadership Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation.

It does not support, endorse or oppose candidates or proposed legislation. The Leadership Institute does not discriminate with respect to race, color,religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or partisan affiliation. The Leadership Institute has an open admission policy, all programs are open to the public.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:20 AM
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34. kick
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juslikagrzly Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:45 AM
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35. The Daily Show had a snip of this guy
the other night. Pretty Freaky.

BTW, how do you access the alumni list?

We MUST get this out.
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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:56 AM
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36. Here's what People For the American Way has on them
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 12:01 PM by moobu2
The information is from 2000-updated 02. (notice they have operatives working with Jeb Bush).

President: Morton C. Blackwell
Established: In 1979 by Morton C. Blackwell
Finances: $8,230,655 budget (2000)
Employees: 54
Graduates of LI programs: Over 30,000 people (according to LI)




Leadership Institutes Principal Issues and Activities:


The Institutes mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative public policy leaders. We not only want to identify, recruit and place conservatives, but we want to properly equip our future leaders as well.

The Institute recruits, trains and finds jobs for right-wing activists in the public policy field.

In 22 years, the Institute has trained over 30,000 activists.

The Institutes F.M. Kirby National Training Center has 18 educational programs: Campaign Leadership, Candidate Development, Capitol Hill staff, Capitol Hill writing, Grassroots organizing, Internet leadership, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Student Publications, Youth Leadership, and Broadcast Journalism. LI has space to hold trainings to accommodate nearly 500 people at a time and free dormitory space is available.

LI has an intern program, an Employment Placement Service and a Broadcast Journalism Placement Service. LI has placed program graduates in positions at: National Rifle Association, Christian Coalition, American Conservative Union, and working for Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

LI alumni include: Ralph Reed, Former Executive Director of the Christian Coalition, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, Congressman David McIntosh (R-Indiana), Congressman Mark Souder (R-Indiana).

The Institute also has a Bi-Partisan Congressional Advisory Board of 117 members, 4 are Democrats and the rest are Republicans.

LI has organized over 200 conservative student groups on college campuses nationwide. LI specializes in countering political correctness on college campuses.

LI receives funding from many large conservative foundations such as the F.M. Kirby Foundation and the DeVos Foundation.

President Ronald Reagan said that the Leadership Institute is "paving the way for a new generation of conservative leadership."



Morton Blackwells Background:


Since 1991, Blackwell has served as Executive Director of the secretive Council for National Policy, a foundation composed of leaders of right wing public policy organizations, major donors and other noted conservative leaders.

From 1981-1984, Morton worked as the Special Assistant to President Reagan. Blackwell was a liaison to conservative groups, veteran's groups, most religious organizations, and civic and fraternal groups.

Blackwell co-authored President Reagan's Voluntary Prayer Amendment.




http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=4244
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:01 PM
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37. I'm not surprised but I continue amazed that nobody CARES
Nobody that's a real journalist. Nobody that studied history? I, American housewife figured it out. The American public is being conned under the best propaganda that money can buy.

One of my biggest turning points was the "Infoganda" piece that I saw on the Daily Show early last year. The false news reports given to the media by the government to push the new medicare.

Well, some people said "Hey, it's been done before".

And I said hey, if this doesn't scare the shit out of you and make you question everything you hear in the media then why have a brain at all?

I keep saying the word everyone needs to say, Propaganda. People need to say and say it proud. It's not reality-it's manipulated reality to achieve a desired outcome.

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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:19 PM
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39. kick
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Hidden Stillness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:29 PM
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40. All a Mirage
With all these new revelations about phony "reporters" asking set-up questions, other commentators being bribed to tell things favorably for Republicans, people having to sign loyalty oaths before they can even hear Bush or Cheney speak, Republicans building huge bleachers and other barriers at the Inaugural so the people could not be heard or get close, the entire Republican Party is starting to remind me of two great old Hollywood movies. The first was "Bombshell" with Jean Harlow, where she is hounded by publicity, runs away to a resort, falls in love, gets persuaded to come back, on and on and on, and it was all a phony manipulation of her agent to keep her under control; none of it had really happened. The other is "Sunset Boulevard," the great movie with Gloria Swanson. She hides from the world, runs old movies of herself all the time, and makes believe she is still popular. Her butler also keeps up this pretense, for her own precarious mental state. Honestly, this is what Republicans remind me of now, with all their elaborate construction of a fake world, because they can't face the real one, and will not allow us to have it either. This is the secret behind their "popularity" with the media--plain old crude bribery, threat, and disguise. God, these people are creepy.
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Wind Dancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:50 PM
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43. Well said.
The "art of illusion" is alive and well in the Republican Party. It will take generations to dismantle the propaganda machine that has managed to brainwash so many people.
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:30 PM
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44. Its friggin bizzaro world! eom
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:11 PM
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45. More on Plame interview with Gannon from 3/04 "Webs Dems" site...
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 03:13 PM by KoKo01
Sunday, March 07, 2004

Now that the list of those subpoenaed to comment on the leaking of Valerie Plame's name has been released, let's return to the topic of Jeff Gannon, White House reporter for Talon News and active member of the extremist right-wing web site freerepublic.com.


Gannon's "exclusive" interview with Joe Wilson is available here: interview and contains many attempts at baiting Wilson.

Here is the particular exchange in question, where Gannon references the secret memo:

TN: An internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel details a meeting in early 2002 where your wife, a member of the agency for clandestine service working on Iraqi weapons issues, suggested that you could be sent to investigate the reports. Do you dispute that?

Wilson: I don't know anything about a meeting, I can only tell you about the meeting I was at where I was asked if I would prepare to go, and there was nobody at that meeting that I know. Now that fact that my wife knows that I know a lot about the uranium business and that I know a lot about Niger and that she happens to be involved in weapons of mass destruction, it should come as no surprise to anyone that we know of each others activities.


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With all this in mind, questions surface.

1. Again, why and under what circumstances was Jeff Gannon admitted to the prestigious circle of White House correspondents?

2. Who provided Gannon with information about a secret memo regarding the Plame matter?

3. Who advised Joe Wilson to accept an interview with an extremist working for a sham of a "news service"?


Here's hoping one of the "kool kids" with proximity, a research budget and Nexis will ask some questions regarding Talon and its inexplicable seat in the WH briefing room and also ask about the sources who are providing information about secret internal documents of the White House to a seeming stooge in the briefing room.

Now that Gannon's on the subpoena list and he's lawyered up, his actions are newsworthy.

More at Web Dem's site....
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:qrcvH_I3X98J:webde...
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DemDogs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:27 PM
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47. Fascinating -- great work (n/t)
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 08:20 PM
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48. kick!
:kick:
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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 02:45 PM
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49. Jeff Gannon went to The Leadership Istitute
This is a list of Employers (I assume) who the Leadership Institute caters to or that contact LI for Employees. I spent a little while getting the web addresses of some I wasn't really familiar with. All of them a right-wing, most are extreme right-wing with most having religious right-wing overtones. Senators at the bottom.

The list is from their website, comment and highlighting is mine.

Job Seeker Employer List

Our Employment Placement Service places qualified candidates in positions to match their interests, strengths and experience. Our list of employers includes the following:

Accuracy in Media http://www.aim.org /
American Conservative Union
American Legislative Exchange Council http://www.alec.org /
Americans for Tax Reform
Cato Institute
Christian Coalition
Citizens for a Sound Economy
Citizens United http://www.citizensunited.org /
Concerned Women for America
Conservative Caucus
Eagle Forum
Eagle Publishing (bought by Regnery Publishing who has a white supremacy nazi history and also publishes books from great authors like mAnn Coulter.)
Empower America
Evans and Novak Political Report
Family Research Council
Federal Communications Commission
Federalist Society
Free Congress Foundation http://www.freecongress.org /
Frontiers of Freedom http://www.ff.org /
Gun Owners of America
Heritage Foundation
Homeschool Legal Defense http://www.hslda.org /
Institute of World Politics http://www.iwp.edu /
Intercollegiate Studies Institute http://www.isi.org /
Judicial Watch
Media Research Center (RW media group) http://www.mediaresearch.org /
National Center for Policy Analysis (RW think tank)-http://www.ncpa.org/newdpd/index.php
National Rifle Association
National Right to Work (anti union) http://www.nrtw.org /
Regnery Publishing (pub. swift boat liars) http://www.regnery.com /
Rutherford Institute http://www.rutherford.org /
Sixty Plus Association
The American Spectator
The Capital Development Group
The Council for Government Reform
The Fund for American Studies
The Phillips Foundation
The Polling Company
The Taxpayers Alliance
The Washington Network
U.S. Capitol Historical Society
US Internet Council
Washington Policy Associates
White House Writers Group
Young America's Foundation

Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Jim Gillmore

Congressman J. C. Watts
Congressman Mark Souder
Congressman Tom DeLay
House Republican Conference
House Commerce Committee
House International Relations Committee
House National Security Committee
House Republican Conference
Senator Arlen Specter
Senator Phil Gramm
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert
Senator Tim Hutchinson
Senator Jon Kyl
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Arlen Specter

http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/03CAREERS/sEmployerP...
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 05:06 PM
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50. Ulp. This is the School of the Americas for fascist politicians in the US.
Damn but Nazis march in tight formation. Lots of psy-ops training, too.

This is why William Pitt is always counseling liberals to stick together or be picked off by mobs like this cult of money and weapons.
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