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.
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.....
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.