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  •  Multi-Person Identity (none)
    Some people don't even remember my name because I am an average type guy. I've been a preppie, a yuppie, blue-collar, green-collar and white-collar. I've served in the military, graduated from college, taught in the public school system, was a union truck driver, a management consultant, a fitness instructor and an entrepreneur. I'm a two-holiday Christian and I usually vote Republican because they most often support conservative positions.

    Politics might be different, but in publishing, this is often the kind of bio you see when one "author" is really two people working together who don't want to make this fact public. It's got the same ingredients - a bewilderingly broad background that makes it sound like they've never done any one thing for more than a year, but a near-total lack of any current detail. It's also wrapped up - as is usual for this sort of thing - with a "cardboard" finish that's directly related to the writing the individual's doing.

    Has anyone considered that Gannon might not be just one person, but a common pen name used by a number of Talon "News" propagandists?

    Its like the media listened to Weird Al's "Dare to be Stupid" and said "Yes! This is how the world should be!"

    by RHunter on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:35:28 AM PST

    •  i Looooooooooove your sig! (none)
      put your head in the microwave to get yourself a tan!
    •  hmmmm (none)
      if so, only one of them shows up for WH press briefings-- the other regulars would notice, otherwise, particularly with such slobbery questions.

      Maybe a front man + some busy woodchucks in the bg typing away...?  Only then the circle of conspirators (and this is a conspiracy) would be risky. Or would it?

      "God help the political system in which a thoroughly addled sovereign is faced with a real crisis." Anatole Lieven, Carnegie Endowment for Peace

      by Tulip on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:45:46 AM PST

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      •  WH Press Briefings? (none)

        Would they notice, though? I mean, it looks like this "Talon News" organization was created from whole cloth by a bunch of right-wing loonies in 2001, and accredited by the WH in the past year or two... Despite the fact that they're miniscule and don't do anything but forward Republican propaganda. How come none of them have said "Hey! Something's not right here!"? And if they haven't... Would they really say that if they noticed there was a different Jeff Gannon this month?

        Consider also that the White House has made it clear that any reporters or news organizations that displease it will be banned from WH press briefings...

        Still, I agree, that seems the most likely scenario, if this is indeed a pseudonym used by multiple people to cover their activities. It would certainly explain the absolutely enourmous number of things "Gannon" seems to be involved in, though.

        Its like the media listened to Weird Al's "Dare to be Stupid" and said "Yes! This is how the world should be!"

        by RHunter on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:52:04 AM PST

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        •  Aren't White House press briefings televised (none)
          on C-SPAN?  (I don't have cable, but I regularly hear them on C-SPAN Radio, which I think means they are also televised.)
          • site has video of press conferences (none)
            video archive; white house/executive.
            white house press briefings with scott mcclellan
            the most recent one was 1/25/05. i believe that a jeff gannon "question" appeared right at the end of the segment (re: sec of state vote and committee hearings). unlike when cspan does these live on tv, the reporters aren't on camera (at least on this particular clip).
        •  Had thought of that... (none)
          Could explain why we see different names on closely related items.

          J. Daniels, J. Gannon could be different individuals, one writing, one appearing in public, occasional swapping of identities.

          Only way to be certain would be to compare writings against any live broadcasts "Gannon" has done on radio -- but I don't have the skills for that, comparing verbal and written syntax.

          On the other hand, looking at the breadth of network that related folks share, it's really not surprising that "Gannon" would be all over the map.  Look at these two organizations and map the networks:  PNAC and CNP.  All over and all the way to the White House.

    •  Full "bio" in Part II (I think it's II) (none)
      You might want to check out the whole "conservative guy bio" (please forgive me but I am no good at linking to specific comments) in an earlier diary.

      I almost posted about it back in that thread--the bio reads like one of those "marketing personas" (Who is the Dove Soap girl?--She's a woman in her thirties, married with two kids. She likes to read trashy novels, etc, etc.)

      I mean it's not just vague (though I love the part where he says he played "a varsity sport" in college but doesn't say what--I mean what real person does that?). No it seems particularly targeted to sound like the audience conservativeguy is trying to reach. Plus there's the "objectives" section about what he will do which sounds like something lifted straight from somebody's proposal for creating this viral character. And there's the weird referring to self in third person in the title lines.

      It just doesn't pass the smell test...

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