Rove: "Genius" Propagandist
Sylvester Brown of the Post-Dispatch has a must-read column about how Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, has a history of media manipulation, dirty tricks, and is likely a key figure behing the Gannon scandal:
It would take an audacious genius to create fake news and slip it under the radar of seasoned journalists...
No one knows definitively if the [CBS/TANG] documents were forged. We do know, however, that media attention shifted away from Bush's dubious military record to the origination of dubious documents.
Some wonder whether Rove somehow leaked dummied documents to CBS? Hmmmm.
That's old news. New news came to mind as I watched the Rove documentary. Everyone probably knows about the fake reporter allowed to be part of the White House press corps for almost two years. Jeff Gannon (whose real name is James D. Guckert) tossed warm and fuzzy questions when called on by Bush or his press secretary, Scott McClellan. Gannon was later linked to a partisan, phony news organization and (gasp) gay military porn and escort service Web sites.
McClellan, who called on "Jeff" frequently, claims he knew nothing about the man's past. Who has the power to grant White House access to a fake reporter with an alias and "questionable" social habits?
Gannon, who went silent for a while, is back and on the attack. He's emerged to battle the "well-funded liberal attack machine," he writes on his relaunched Web site www.jeffgannon.com. Gannon vows to fight the fine fight to keep the sexual lives of fellow journalists private. Yes, it may take "many columns and a book deal" but, by golly the "Old Media" will rue the day they picked a fight with Jeff Gannon!
Wow! Forget about a breach of national security. No need for the media to explore the hypocrisy of a gay porn escort who parroted conservative "values" and their anti-gay agenda. I don't know who helped the fake news man flip the script, but Grandpa Pickles again comes to mind:
"Brilliance, sheer brilliance . . ."