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Brock Demands McClellan Revoke WH Credentials of Talon News Reporter/RIGHTALK Host Jeff Gannon
Media Mutters | 1-31-05 | Bob J

Posted on 01/31/2005 5:57:56 PM PST by Bob J

Letter from David Brock to Scott McClellan January 31, 2005

Scott McClellan Press Secretary The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. McClellan:

I am writing to ask you to consider revoking the White House press credentials apparently granted to Jeff Gannon of Talon News. Mr. Gannon and Talon News appear to be political activists rather than actual journalists, and as such should not be presented to the public as an independent news agency.

Consider:

Talon News is virtually indistinguishable from an organization called GOPUSA, which describes itself as "dedicated to promoting conservative ideals." Both are run by Bobby Eberle, and websites for both entities are registered to Mr. Eberle at his home address. The contact information listed for Talon News includes Mr. Eberle's GOPUSA.com email address. The staff of Talon News and GOPUSA is comprised almost entirely of Republican activists with no journalism experience whatsoever. For example, Mr. Eberle is president of GOPUSA and also serves as editor in chief of Talon News, but his biography lists no journalism experience. He did, however, serve as a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention, and has held numerous other Republican Party posts in the past. Other Talon News and GOPUSA staff include county Republican Party chairs, delegates to state Republican conventions, and other Republican officials. Posts by Messrs. Eberle and Gannon on the online forum Free Republic make clear that the two men are partisan activists, not journalists. Mr. Gannon, for example, used Free Republic to try to organize partisan political activities designed to embarrass and discredit Senator John Kerry during last year's presidential campaign. Mr. Gannon's conduct during your briefings, as well as presidential press conferences, further suggests that his true role is that of a partisan operative rather than an independent journalist. His questions reliably criticize Democrats and praise President Bush, often containing false assertions, such as his question last week -- based on Rush Limbaugh's radio program -- that incorrectly asserted that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid "was talking about soup lines."

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin noted in a March 10, 2004, column that Mr. Gannon frequently asks "softballs" during White House press briefings, adding:

And press secretary McClellan seems to appreciate it.

Yesterday, for instance, McClellan was getting hammered with questions about the 9/11 commission and the possible inappropriate juxtaposition of a visit to a 9/11 memorial with a fundraiser on Thursday.

It was getting ugly. "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response," McClellan said in response to a jibe.

Then he saw daylight:

"Go ahead, Jeff."

Mr. Gannon wrote in a post on FreeRepublic.com that you are apparently aware of what he will ask you at briefings; in response to a comment about your reaction to a question he asked, Mr. Gannon wrote: "It's hard to say with Scott but he usually knows what he's going to get from me."

Given all of this, it seems that Mr. Gannon serves not as a reporter during press briefings but as a useful lifeline for you to rely on when you get in trouble.

In light of recent revelations about the Bush administration's relationship with conservative writers Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Michael McManus, as well as about the administration's repeated use of fake video "news" reports to promote policies, the public is understandably concerned that the White House seems to be trying to manipulate public opinion using fake "news." Given that Talon News seems to be little more than a partisan political organization and given that, based on what Mr. Gannon has written, you apparently know what he will ask during your briefings, Mr. Gannon's continued participation in White House press briefings would seem to exacerbate those concerns.

The public has a right to expect that when you hold press briefings, the reporters are real and the questions are not staged beforehand. They have a right not to be deceived into thinking they are seeing and hearing reporters ask honest questions when they are really seeing a staged performance by partisan operatives.

Unfortunately, Mr. Gannon's propaganda doesn't end at the conclusion of White House briefings. His "articles" are frequently little more than reprints of White House press releases and fact sheets, as Media Matters for America has demonstrated. I understand that your office issues press releases with the hope that reporters quote them. But surely you understand that when Mr. Gannon's "articles" lift heavily from President Bush's statements without directly disclosing that the words are the president's, not Mr. Gannon's, he is working not as a journalist but as an agent of the White House.

Mr. McClellan, the public needs to be confident that your briefings and the president's press conferences are honest, open dialogues with real reporters. Now more than ever, the public needs to be certain that the White House isn't using fake "journalists" to manipulate public opinion. Revoking Mr. Gannon's credentials would be a good first step in that direction.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance or if you would like further information. I have attached some materials about Mr. Gannon we have produced that may be helpful.

Sincerely,

David Brock President and CEO Media Matters for America


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This request must look funny coming from the non-partisan David Brock at the non-profit Media Mutters!

GO JEFF!

1 posted on 01/31/2005 5:57:57 PM PST by Bob J
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To: prairiebreeze; cyncooper; Mo1

Must read.


2 posted on 01/31/2005 6:00:09 PM PST by Peach
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To: Bob J

DB always has it panties in a wad about something.


3 posted on 01/31/2005 6:00:53 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Bob J

waaah! waaaah! Where's the crying baby logo, fer Pete's sake. The Stone Age Media simply can't come to grips with the fact that THEIR political operatives (i.e. the WA press corps) no longer has free reign in the public domain.

Viva La Revolucion!


4 posted on 01/31/2005 6:02:21 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: Jeff Gannon

Apparently, Brock doesn't like you.


5 posted on 01/31/2005 6:02:36 PM PST by SoDak (hoist that rag!)
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To: Bob J

It is alright to be partisan but only if you are a liberal.


6 posted on 01/31/2005 6:03:35 PM PST by Claytay ("We will fight the terrorist till hell freezes over. Then we'll fight them on ice.")
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To: Bob J
Would that Media Matters apply this level of scrutiny to the rest of the White House Press Corps. < / Sarcasm >

Regards,

TS

7 posted on 01/31/2005 6:04:30 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: The Shrew

like Helen Thomas.........she ceased being a real jouranlist sometime around the Nixon Admin..........


8 posted on 01/31/2005 6:06:52 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: Bob J


Where is it written that a journalist favoring an administration cannot be in the White House Press Room? If that were the case during the Clinton years Dee Dee Myers would have been talking to a room full of empty chairs.


9 posted on 01/31/2005 6:08:32 PM PST by msnimje
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To: Bob J

Oh I was needing a good laugh!!!


10 posted on 01/31/2005 6:09:00 PM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: NorCalRepub

She's been a urin-a-list, her whole, fat, ugly life. Bite your tongue.


11 posted on 01/31/2005 6:10:02 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Bob J
Only certain anointed ones can be "journalists". What an ass.
12 posted on 01/31/2005 6:10:12 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: Bob J
Mr. Gannon, for example, used Free Republic to try to organize partisan political activities designed to embarrass and discredit Senator John Kerry

Sheesh...the dickhead says "Free Republic" like it's a dirty word or sumpin..

13 posted on 01/31/2005 6:10:41 PM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Boxer, Pelosi, Thomas...the ultimate nightmare Menage a Quatro)
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To: Bob J
BRING IT ON...WAAAAAAA

MAKE IT STOP.............

This has be a PSA for 'THE' media from:

aka David Blechhh Brock

14 posted on 01/31/2005 6:11:25 PM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: Bob J

Only if the credentials of reporters from the house organs of the Democratic Party (W. Compost and Newsweek) are also lifted.


15 posted on 01/31/2005 6:11:59 PM PST by expatpat
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To: Peach
Mr. Gannon, for example, used Free Republic to try to organize partisan political activities designed to embarrass and discredit Senator John Kerry during last year's presidential campaign.

John Kerry embarrassed and discredited himself far better than FReepers ever could.

Sounds like we need to call another Waaaaaambulance for David Brock. The hospital psych units must be FULL of RATs after those Iraqi election turnout stats, LOL!

16 posted on 01/31/2005 6:12:22 PM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: NorCalRepub
After they get done purging the White House Press Corps of the partisan hacks Media Matters can head down the highway to evaluate the non-partisan questions given during each conference to the SecDef.

I'm not holding my breath.

Regards,

TS

17 posted on 01/31/2005 6:14:10 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Bob J
This guy is really out to get Gannon. If Gannon is a real reporter I would think he could win a libel suit against Brock. He is attempting to take away Gannon's ability to earn a living by publishing untruths.
18 posted on 01/31/2005 6:14:25 PM PST by wattsup ("It's best to stay silent and be thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.." ..Abe L.)
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To: Bob J
BROCK WON'T TAKE THIS SITTING DOWN!!!!
19 posted on 01/31/2005 6:14:38 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (john f'n kerry-the original 'million dollar baby'.)
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To: wattsup
This should definitely up Jeff Gannon's profile and hopefully his compensation.

Semper Fi Jeff,

TS

20 posted on 01/31/2005 6:15:55 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Bob J

David Brock protests airing of anti-Kerry film
62-station chain to show 'Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal'


Posted: October 11, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Left-wing media critic and journalist David Brock is warning a television-station chain to cancel its plans to air the anti-Kerry film "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal," contending it could violate campaign broadcast regulations.

Brock, known for his ideological switch from right to left, wrote in a letter that Sinclair Broadcasting's "plan to air anti-Kerry propaganda before the election is an abuse of the public airwaves for what appears to be partisan political purposes."

As WorldNetDaily first reported, the television documentary features testimony by former POWs of the demoralizing impact of the senators' war-crimes accusations more than 30 years ago.

aryland-based Sinclair has ordered its 62 stations to preempt regular programming during prime time next week to air the 42-minute film. The station group, which reaches about 24 percent of U.S. households, has coverage in crucial battleground states.

In his letter, Brock wrote, "I don't have to remind you ... [that] 14 of the 62 stations the company either owns or programs are in the key political swing stations of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where the presidential election is being closely fought."

Brock is CEO and president of Media Matters for America, a Web-based non-profit "dedicated to correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

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http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=40853


21 posted on 01/31/2005 6:16:05 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Bob J

I await the White House coming to grips with the new media reality and either extending press creds to Freepers and other respected on line journos
or holding a press conference solely for on line journalists and talk show hosts.
It would be forward looking and cutting edge , I'm surprised the WH has not done this already.


22 posted on 01/31/2005 6:19:01 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Bob J

David Brock? LOL. I'm sure they'll get right on it.


23 posted on 01/31/2005 6:20:20 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Bob J

Free speech is only for liberals like Brock. If they removed the credentials of every reporter who was partisan, the White House Press Room would be near empty.


24 posted on 01/31/2005 6:20:51 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Bob J

This is obviously a queer complaint.


25 posted on 01/31/2005 6:21:31 PM PST by hgro
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To: Bob J

Brock’s Self-Borking
You don’t sell credibility like David Brock’s all at once.

June 28, 2001 1:45 p.m.

By Jonah Goldberg

G-File Archive

One of the oldest jokes in the world is the one about the three-legged pig. There are dozens of versions, but they all basically go like this:

There's a traveling salesman making his way through the backwoods when he approaches a farmer to make a sale. He sees a three-legged pig hopping around behind the farmer and asks, "Hey, why does your pig only have three legs?"

"That's no ordinary pig!" exclaims the farmer. "That is the smartest pig in the whole world. It saved my family's life." The farmer continues, "Last summer, the stove done broke and gas was leaking all over the place. That there pig pounded on the door and woke everybody up."

"Okay, but why is it missing a leg?"

"And then, last summer, the pig pulled my wife out of the lake when she'd done cramped up and near drown."

"Yeah, but why only three legs?"

"Well, son, with a pig that special, you don't eat it all at once."

Badum bum.

Well, we have a new version of the pig joke. This time the pig is David Brock. And the punch line goes something like, "You don't sell credibility like mine all at once."

In the late 1980s and early 1990s David Brock was a prized hatchet man for the American Spectator. He wrote a devastating piece exposing the obvious fact that the forces and individuals arrayed against Clarence Thomas were hardly political rubes. Of Anita Hill, he said she was "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty." I can't say a word about the slutty, but the "nutty" assertion didn't require an investigative reporter to nail down; all you had to do was read her academic writings. But that's a different story.

Later, David Brock wrote some articles in The American Spectator about the fact that, as governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton's behavior toward state female employees was akin to Fredo Corleone's behavior toward cocktail waitresses after the family sent him to the Tropicana.

Then, something happened.

Brock took a mammoth, $550,000 advance to write a book about Hillary Clinton, but by the mid 1990s no liberal source in the world would talk to Brock. The famed investigative reporter of the Right couldn't get the story, unless by "getting the story" you mean dissecting a stack of newspaper clippings compiled by an intern.

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http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg062801.shtml


26 posted on 01/31/2005 6:23:41 PM PST by demlosers
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To: Bob J

27 posted on 01/31/2005 6:25:58 PM PST by KS Flyover
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To: Bob J
We need to up the ante on this one. While Talon News is independent of FreeRepublic.com, we should press for press passes for Freepers. Using this case as discovery - we prove the predisposition of most of the White House Press Corps to voting for Dems, supporting leftist causes & candidates & asking questions of both Mr. McClellan and the President that could be scripted at the DNC.

Well, I can dream can't I?

TS

28 posted on 01/31/2005 6:28:08 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Bob J

What a deceitful little weasel Brock is.

He is disgusting.


29 posted on 01/31/2005 6:28:32 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: prairiebreeze
"John Kerry embarrassed and discredited himself far better than FReepers ever could."

But we did our best. But then, we were competing with an expert.

30 posted on 01/31/2005 6:31:17 PM PST by Enterprise ("Dance with the Devil by the Pale Moonlight" - Islam compels you!)
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To: NorCalRepub
like Helen Thomas...

you beat me to it. She no longer has the credentials to be there - why do they allow her to enter the room

31 posted on 01/31/2005 6:31:38 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: Bob J
Mr. Gannon and Talon News appear to be political activists rather than actual journalists, and as such should not be presented to the public as an independent news agency.

ROFLMAO........from David Brock, who can't even decide what sexual orientation he is, much less which political party is belongs to -- but will sell himself to the highest bidder?

32 posted on 01/31/2005 6:33:12 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: Peach
Yesterday, for instance, McClellan was getting hammered with questions about the 9/11 commission and the possible inappropriate juxtaposition of a visit to a 9/11 memorial with a fundraiser on Thursday.

It was getting ugly. "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response," McClellan said in response to a jibe.

Thanks for the ping. Check out David getting all hot about McClellan being "hammered" (over yet another made-up little scandalette the media has concocted) and then like a dash of cold water, Jeff Gannon asks a pertinent question and the fun is over.

33 posted on 01/31/2005 6:33:56 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: maine-iac7

at least they took Helen out of the front row last year..


34 posted on 01/31/2005 6:36:55 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: cyncooper

Gannon asks great questions and is a conservative. They just can't stand how intelligence he sounds next to their stupid questions and accusations.


35 posted on 01/31/2005 6:38:47 PM PST by Peach
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To: Bob J

Sure, the W.H. will revoke his cedentials. When they revoke the credentials of the DNC propaganda crew known as CBS, NYT's, CNN, etc.

WTG Jeff! You really got under their skin, of course that indicates success.


36 posted on 01/31/2005 6:40:06 PM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Bob J
There once was a dumbass named Brock
Who thought he was cock o' the walk
He complained to McClellan
Who didn't buy what he was sellin
He said "Stuff yer head in yer sock."
37 posted on 01/31/2005 6:40:35 PM PST by Enterprise ("Dance with the Devil by the Pale Moonlight" - Islam compels you!)
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To: Bob J

One conservative reporter in the entire room and the White House Press Corps suddenly realizes that they are outnumbered...

38 posted on 01/31/2005 6:43:01 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Enterprise
I'm sorry but the use of poetic imagery that links Brock, cock and sock in the same poem justifies the immediate cancelation of your Freeper Poetry license. Please see the Admin Moderator for punishment.

;-)

TS

39 posted on 01/31/2005 6:44:06 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: demlosers
Brock is CEO and president of Media Matters for America, a Web-based non-profit "dedicated to correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

Well, this guy is supercompetent! He accomplished his goal and what little there was incorrect---is negligible. So, Mr. Brock, here's your gold watch, go windsurfing with John Kerry. Off the Matterhorn....
40 posted on 01/31/2005 6:44:58 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: Bob J

I like the part about "no journalism experience." That's like saying, "she couldn't being having sex for money because she has no hooker experience."


41 posted on 01/31/2005 6:47:36 PM PST by Tacis ("John ('Traitor John') Kerry - Still Shilling For Those Who Wish America Ill!")
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To: Peach

intelligence=intelligent


42 posted on 01/31/2005 6:51:16 PM PST by Peach
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To: Bob J

I've laughed so hard reading this I nearly hurt myself. David Brock has less credibility than, say, Bill Clinton.


43 posted on 01/31/2005 6:51:59 PM PST by Peach
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To: Bob J

AND Mr. Brock...are you a partisan operative? It would seem that you and 90% oftoday's reporters are very partisan and most of us know it.


44 posted on 01/31/2005 6:55:41 PM PST by blackbart1
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To: Miss Marple

I thought you might enjoy reading this.


45 posted on 01/31/2005 6:57:13 PM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

Thanks. I am sure that the White House will really be concerned about Mr. Brock's opinion. (Snicker.)


46 posted on 01/31/2005 7:02:07 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Bob J

A friend of mine held a job as a reporter for years with nothing but a BA in psych. He's now a lawyer and tells me that no particular background or training is required to be a reporter. According to him, Brock does not know what he's talking about.


47 posted on 01/31/2005 7:05:29 PM PST by Bonaparte (Of course, it must look like an accident...)
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Oh, Puleeeeze, he uses the word partisan, like what is Helen Thomas.

Revoke Helen's Press Pass!

48 posted on 01/31/2005 7:06:32 PM PST by agincourt1415 (Democrats are going to have a long whine period)
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To: The Shrew
"the use of poetic imagery that links Brock, cock and sock in the same poem justifies the immediate cancelation of your Freeper Poetry license."

sniff, sniff - Waaaaaaaaaaaagh!

49 posted on 01/31/2005 7:14:28 PM PST by Enterprise ("Dance with the Devil by the Pale Moonlight" - Islam compels you!)
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To: Bob J
"Mr. Gannon frequently asks "softballs" during White House press briefings"

Something the MSM has only been doing to Democrat presidents and politicians for the past thirty to forty years. They sure don't like it when the shoe is on the other foot. How disingenuous to cry foul when Republicans use similar tactics.

When you go after the MSM and the Democrats for such things, then MAYBE you'll have some credibility. Until then, buzz off!

50 posted on 01/31/2005 7:16:37 PM PST by TOUGH STOUGH (I support Terri's supporters!!!!)
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