Why was Jeff Gannon (Jeff Guckert) spending so much time at the Bush White House?

June 25, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Back in 2005, I was intrigued when the story broke that a fake reporter supposedly named “Jeff Gannon” somehow got access for White House press briefings.    His real name turned out to be Jeff Guckert, and he had no credentials as a reporter.  He didn’t even qualify for a press pass.   Really strange stuff.  Actually, the story got much much stranger:

Investigative bloggers at Daily Kos and AmericaBlog.org discovered that Guckert owned male escort sites, and was himself a male prostitute.

I just ran across this 2005 Raw Story piece that goes into a lot more detail about Guckert/Gannon.   Not only did he not belong at the White House at all, but it turns out that he was almost always there.

[D]ocuments obtained by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal Guckert had remarkable access to the White House  . . . Guckert made more than 200 appearances at the White House during his two-year tenure with the fledging conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 of 196 White House press briefings. He had little to no previous journalism experience, previously worked as a male escort, and was refused a congressional press pass.

If you read this Raw Story story, you’ll be amazed at the many anomalies regarding Gluckert’s White House visits.  According to the linked Wikipedia and Raw Story articles:

The Secret Service Records appear to show that he checked in, but never checked out on many occasions, and visited the White House on several days during which no press conference or other press events were held.

You’ll see all of the data regarding Gluckert’s many visits at Raw Story.  I don’t remember this story (of the extent of Gluckert’s White House access) ever getting covered by the mainstream media.

I’ll end with a question.   It seems as though a huge percentage of gay bashers are conflicted closet gays.  It was also clear that there were a LOT of gay-bashers in the Bush White House.  To connect the dots, it would appear from Gluckert’s real profession and his extensive White House access that he was visiting the White House to provide sexual services to someone who also spent a lot of time at the White House.   So who was it that Gluckert was spending so much time with at the White House.  Which of the Bush Administration anti-gay bigots was spending so much time with Gluckert?

And one more question:   Whenever a politician takes a strong anti-gay stand, shouldn’t we immediately and automatically remove them from political office and require them to go to therapy so that they can work out their conflictedness regarding their sexual attractions toward members of the same sex?


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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