He was just ahead of the curve.
You may remember Jeff Gannon from such years as "2004" and "2005". However even if you were alive and aware at the time, you may not have heard about HotMilitaryStudGate because during those ancient times, talking about Bush Administration fiascoes (and there were many of them) which brought so much simultaneous shame to so many of Washington D.C.'s most sacred institutions (in this case, the executive branch, the press corps and male prostitutes) was a clear violation of the most sacred Law of the Beltway. And I quote:
IT shalt beest consid'r'd a most grievous offense 'gainst the good and valorous order of the Beltway Media to rep'rt on the true and actual scandals, war crimes and acts of treason committ'd by the Bush White House for 9/11 hath changed ev'rything
So unless you were reading such cultural outlaws as the Liberal blogs (yay!). MSNBC (pre-Comcast, pre-Phil Griffin) or Comedy Central this amazing story may well have zipped right by you. So it is my pleasure to direct you to a little of the vintage 2006 from my own cellar:
...for those of you who have gotten your media lobotomies freshly detailed and have no recollection whatever of Gannon, or Scott McClellan, or what you had for dinner eleven minute ago, this summary of L’Affaire Gannon by Susie Bright was one of the more exquisitely written on the Web."Aggressive Verbal Dominant Top" Seeks Submissive Male Who Can Reinstate White House Press Pass”Today I read a new interview with James Guckert, the gay S/M hooker who changed his name to the more butch “Jeff Gannon,” and posed as a journalist in the White House Press Corps, “reporting” for a fake news site. That rascal!Gannon got hand-fed by the Bushies like he was their very own pet peacock. One day, some of Jeff's colleagues in the press box finally crawled out of their slumber and said, “Whoa, he's weird— Who is this dude?”If I sound disdainful of how the mainstream media is handling Jeff’s expose, perhaps I’m just fed up with being bewildered.It’s been a good month since anyone with a browser and a minute to spare has been able to see pictures of Gannon’s shaved erection on his live out-call web ad.But on Sunday the New York Times, continuing the curious timidity of every other paper of record, played down this man’s true identity once again! In the NYT magazine interview, Deborah Solomon wrote that Gannon “apparently earned [his] living running a gay escort service.”Apparently? Used to? This is the man’s entire past, present, and future!As for “running a service,” where’s the reception desk? Are we supposed to infer that Gannon fills out employee time cards like the Mayflower Madam? No sirree— Jeff Gannon has been a one-man hot military beat-your-ass stud, and the only thing he runs is a carefully honed sales pitch. He is one discrete, butch, jarhead whore— and the only thing that is “apparent” is that he is one of the best, according to his customer reviews.When I talk to my friends, I find that many don't know who Guckert is. Sometimes they've heard that some weirdo infiltrated the White House Press Corps by mistake. Maybe they heard he was right wing, or that he entertained Scott McClellan with sycophant questions that bordered on, "Why is George Bush the greatest president who ever lived?”But so what? — Isn’t it just more of the same? Are we expected to get outraged over every Red State cheerleader?If you’ve also heard that Gannon is gay, you probably know that he has written anti-gay marriage material, and smeared John Kerry for trying to be a “gay president.” Hmm... so he’s a self-hating pathological mutant. We’ve become so accustomed to it— yawn. Or maybe we’re just numb since Janet waved her nipple at us. Gosh, the press devoted so much attention to that sex scandal, they’d surely go apeshit if Gay Nazis took over the White House, wouldn't they?…Which is...one more example of why I read Ms. Susie Bright.
That was the story of Jeff Gannon/James Guckert, intrepid Bush Bottom.
This is a guy named Kieth Something-or-other who used to work at MSNBC before they became the Squint and the Meat Puppet and Friends network explaining what Mr. Gannon's role was in the Bush White House press corp (hint: it's the sort of service for which James "HotDilatoryStud" Guckert would have charged you extra):
And this is a guy named Bill Maher who used to be on Comedy Central wondering out loud why no one was covering this fucking amazing story:
So why revisit this 12 years later?
Because back in 2005, the idea that a sleazy, conspiracy-drunk wingnut fake-reporter had wormed his way into the White House press corps and, for two years, had been acting as a verbal cum dumpster for a disastrously fucked-up Republican administration was so deeply transgressive and disgraceful in the eyes of Washington D.C.'s aforementioned sacred institutions (Preznit, the Beltway steno pool and male hookers) that everyone just...sorta...looked the other way.
And 12 years later, a practice that was so shocking in 2005 that it literally killed the team of matched Percherons that Andrea Mitchell used to use to get haul the mortal remains of Alan Greenspan to various cocktail parties around the nation's capitol...
...is about to become just another day at the office for White House press corps under administration of The Bastard President.
From Media Matters:
If they want to survive, our Fourth Estate better figure out hurry-up-quick who is actually on the side of a free and fair press, and who want's to make them a side-dish....