Monday, February 14, 2005

Gannongate gets interesting(er)

from Raw Story:

Gannongate is just the sort of scandal that Raw Story sinks its editorial teeth into. While much of the uproar has focused on the salacious aspects, I have been focused on the ways it tarred the Administration for letting him into the Press room and giving him such prominence. I was worried that the tabloid aspects would crowd out the more important story. Now there's this tying them back together:

Some question whether Gannon may have leveraged a personal intimate relationship with someone at the White House to gain access to President Bush. Guckert also says he was given access to an internal memorandum which named then-covert CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Such leveraging of personal relationships have seen increased scrutiny after the resignation of former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, who admitted to having an affair with a male staff member.

Sources have intimated possible relationships with members of the White House staff.

RAW STORY has been told that the White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan visited a gay bar in Austin, Texas, on March 19, 1995. The date was placed exactly as a local memorial service was held on the same day.

The source, who would only comment on condition of anonymity, reserved comment on whether McClellan was actually gay, but said he was frequently seen at gay clubs. Another source also confirmed this account.

“He was often seen in gay clubs in Austin, Texas and was comfortable being there,” the Texan said. “He’s been seen in places that normal people who are looking for heterosexual relationships are not seen alone.”

If true, this could turn into the biggest story of the year, though I am again concerned that the gay angle will crowd out the bigger stories of access for hire, manufactured pseudonews, etc. But if Gannongate becomes a story about how Guckert slept his way into the White House, we are in for one wild ride.


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