In Soviet Russia...Apparently hoping to avoid having to respond to questions comparing Hurricane Katrina and the San Diego wildfires, FEMA faked their press conference on Tuesday by having FEMA employees pretend to be reporters. FEMA has since apologized, of course, because how could then have known it was wrong? The White House has condemned the act, saying that “it is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House.” I guess they’ve already forgotten about “Jeff Gannon,” the gay prostitute that they used to plant in the press corp to ask softball questions and steer the line of inquiry. We live in strange times.


5 Responses to Horrendous

  1. Jeff Gannon says:

    Old Media Ablaze Over Staged FEMA Presser

    Liberal activists and the Old Media are aghast and outraged over a press conference conducted last Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Reporters were only able to listen to a department spokesman respond to questions about relief efforts for the California wildfires posed by other members of the FEMA staff. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff appropriately chastised the sham press conference and promised an investigation and disciplinary action and the White House expressed its displeasure with the incident.

    Surely no one at FEMA believed that the staged event would not immediately be discovered and criticized. What could the motivation have been for such a stunt? Perhaps FEMA wanted an opportunity to present its version of events before the Old Media created its own reality about the fires and the actions of the agency. News consumers had already listened to reporters making comparisons to the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and attempting to find fault with the handling of relief efforts. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to take ABC’s Claire Shipman by the hand to convince her that everything possible was being done and that she should stop trying to invent mistakes and shortcomings. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other environuts demagogued the tragedy as evidence of the effect of global warming, while California Democrats like Sen. Barbara Boxer and Lt. Governor John Garamendi incorrectly claimed that relief efforts were impeded by having troops and equipment in Iraq.

    One of the lessons learned in the wake of Katrina is how the unaccountable Old Media are able to create a false impression that their ideological soul mates in the Democratic Party use for political advantage. In my book, “The Great Media War: A Battlefield Report”, I detail the flawed coverage of one of the greatest natural disasters in American history – a record that has yet to be corrected.

    When I learned of the fake news conference, I expected that the characterization of Jeff Gannon as a “phony reporter” would be revived. Liberal media activist Keith Olbermann noted it on his nightly train wreck of a talk show and the lefties of the blogosphere dutifully repeated it ad nauseum. This is a classic case of how a lie becomes reality, since the record proves otherwise. I was as real as a reporter gets, writing over 500 articles as a White House correspondent, a job that Secret Service records indicate I actually showed up for more than 200 times over the course of two years. The veracity of my work as a reporter has never been successfully challenged.

    Further, in 2006 – a year after my supposed exposure as a “phony reporter” – my peers accepted me into the National Press Club, the most prestigious association of professional journalists in the world. My book about the media will be featured at the National Press Club’s 30th annual book fair on November 1. Not bad for a “fake, fraud and phony.”

  2. jwambaugh says:

    Out of curiousity, since I find no record of you currently being a journalist, where did you accumulate the five years of experience in the last ten that would in that case be necessary for membership in the National Press Club? And why, if you are so concerned about being portrayed as a phony reporter, are you still working under the pseudonym “Jeff Gannon” when your real name is James Guckert? And for that matter, how can you possibly question the portrayal of yourself as phony if you were allowed to ask softball questions as a reporter at a White House press conference without anything other than experience at a high school newspaper and several hundred one-day press passes that avoided background checks?

  3. jwambaugh says:

    Since I am not a member of the National Press Club, I cannot verify that you are a member, but I do find it interesting that your book is not listed among the books written by members.

  4. jwambaugh says:

    You might find this article from the Boston Globe interesting, since it asserts that Media Matters for America found that many of your reports “appeared to be lifted verbatim from various White House and Republican political committee documents.” That’s not journalism, that’s propaganda. I would say that the veracity of your work has indeed been successfully challenged.

  5. brianbunton says:

    So, this guy does a blog search on his name–I mean, pseudonym–and posts his latest non-column as a response to every story he comes up with? (See, for example, here.) Wow. That’s… something.

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