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1. Hell hath subsided, somewhat. Basically, I'm unbelievably busy, both in the amount of work I have to do but ALSO the actual work itself.

2. Totally unrelated, but worth checking into. This page is a very interesting summary of the Jeff Gannon incident, which I'm only now hearing about; basically, the White House issued a press pass for a fake journalist working for a fake news organization that - surprise - is actually a front for a GOP organization; said "journalist" was able to ask President Bush a whole mess of softball and anti-liberal questions, and his ensuing articles contain verbatim transcripts of White House talking point memos. The best part? The blogosphere has done research on this guy and it turns out that he is connected to several gay porn websites. The right-wing press is going bananas, calling the blogosphere's reportage "sneaky" and basically criticizing anyone who's reporting on the story.

"In conclusion:

Jeff Gannon was planted by the administration to disseminate their talking points unfettered by any journalism ethics or investigation shortly after the Iraq war, when the failure to find WMDs was becoming apparent. He became incredibly useful in L'Affaire Plame to continue to push the dual stories that a) Plame's name was already common knowledge and therefore `outing' her was not a crime and b) to continue to help discredit the CIA and Wilson.

Based on the evidence, I believe the 2002 CIA memo was leaked to Gannon when Novak became unusable and when the `mainstream' reporters with CIA contacts were not pushing the WH's preferred story line. They needed cover, and they got it.

And as is evidenced by his remarkable access to Scott McClellan and President Bush in the White House press room, to this day, he was rewarded handsomely...

And it continues as business as usual... until today when he became expendable and `resigned' from Talon News."

NPR touched on it last night, but then questioned the independent journalists reporting on it. They used the term "witch hunt". I think mainstream media has stopped reporting completely.....



A response:

I have read much more about the Gannon/Guckert situation in recent weeks than Eason Jordan, primarily because, at least what I've seen, the latter story seems to consist of more he said/he said, while the Gannon/Guckert story is a marvel of good, basic reporting: people noting his copying of GOP documents and using them in his "reporting", to finding the link to a Republican organization, to using his email address to uncover his real name, to finding his AOL page, to discovering the gay "escort" pages. The bloggers have acted as real journalists, just as Woodstein did back in the day. What have most -- not all, the Boston Globe being a particular exception -- of the mainstream press done? Ignore it or, when it became too big to ignore, criticize bloggers.
Couple things, completely unrelated to your post:

1) Any word on MLFnB for this year? I know it's probably still a ways off, but I'm startin' to get the itch.

2) I'm going to be in NYC next weekend with my special lady friend, visiting her sister and brother in law who live in Manhattan. If you don't have anything going on saturday night, I'd dig gettin' together for a couple of pops or something.
1. Personally, I'm probably not going to do the league this year; it was a bit too much work and right now I'm a bit too distracted with other life events to get it started again. I spoke to Jongre about it the other day; he's in Hawaii for the next 6 months and wasn't sure how much time he had for it, either. Let me put it another way - if there is a league this year, I'm not running it, and I'm not even sure I'll be able to be in it.

2. Well, hot dog! Absolutely let me know when/where you'll be. Do you have a cell#? We can continue this on e-mail.
1. You should send out an email seeing if anyone else in the league is interested in running it. I think I would be, honestly. Right now this is my only connection to fantasy baseball and I don't know what I'd do without it! Heh.

2. Ok, rad. I do have a cell phone and will have it with me, though I'll be carless. Is jervo - twohundredandten @ yahoo still the preferred addy? (look how clever I am!)