Tuesday, February 01, 2005

For Some Reason This Shit Freaks Me Out

The left wing blogosphere has been working feverishly on trying to figure out who this guy Jeff Gannon is. For those 99% of you who have never heard of Jeff Gannon, he has been showing up to presidential press conferences (and weekly press gaggles by Scott McClellan) for a couple years now as a representative for something called Talon News. A number of hard core political junkies have tagged him in the past as a shill for the Administration and McClellan’s safety go to guy when the questioning got tough. However, at last week’s press conference he came out with such a fawning, sycophantic question on national TV that a lot of people took notice and started digging to find out who the hell he is and what the hell is Talon News.

That is where the shit starts to get creepy, because Jeff Gannon has apparently been conceived out of thin air through birth by internet in 2003. Jeff Gannon is a pseudonym, and despite a lot of very smart and internet savvy people working round the clock for the better part of a week, no one seems to be able to penetrate the veil of secrecy around this guy. Anyway, he is deeply involved in the Valerie Plame affair, and appears to have heavy cover from the administration. It is almost like he is a planted CIA operative.

I guess the part that freaks me out is the length the administration will go to spin false information. They plant someone in the White House press pool who has a totally false identity created. They then use him in press conferences to get questions asked that they want to answer. Anyway, you can read all about it here at the Daily Kos.