Making a Mockery of a Free Press

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he wrote:

“The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.” –Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632

So was it any surprise to read about a ‘fake’ news conference today from FEMA?

As reported:

“On Tuesday, FEMA held what was called a “news briefing” on the California fires, but the questions asked did not come from reporters. They were asked instead by FEMA staffers.”

Dana Perino, the White House Press Secretary apologized:

“It is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House or that we — we certainly don’t condone it,” Press Secretary Dana Perino said. “We didn’t know about it beforehand. FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California. It’s not something I would have condoned. And they, I’m sure, will not do it again.”

Not a policy of the White House to have fake news?

What about the fake White House reporter, Jeff Gannon?

What about the fake video news reports?

What about the fake columns by Armstrong Williams who was paid for his opinions?

There’s an old expression in Tennessee….

Shame on you.


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About Robert Freedland

A concerned American and supporter of Senator John Kerry, I am the author of the blog "John Kerry for President 2008". I am also the author of the stock market investing blog, "Stock Picks Bob's Advice".
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10 Responses to Making a Mockery of a Free Press

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  2. Darrell Prows says:

    They say they don’t condone thefake news conference, and then they condone the fake news conference by not firing anyone for doing it. Mistakes that carry no consequences end up conveying no message.

  3. Jeff Gannon says:

    Old Media Ablaze Over Staged FEMA Presser

    Liberal activists and the Old Media are aghast and outraged over a press conference conducted last Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Reporters were only able to listen to a department spokesman respond to questions about relief efforts for the California wildfires posed by other members of the FEMA staff. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff appropriately chastised the sham press conference and promised an investigation and disciplinary action and the White House expressed its displeasure with the incident.

    Surely no one at FEMA believed that the staged event would not immediately be discovered and criticized. What could the motivation have been for such a stunt? Perhaps FEMA wanted an opportunity to present its version of events before the Old Media created its own reality about the fires and the actions of the agency. News consumers had already listened to reporters making comparisons to the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and attempting to find fault with the handling of relief efforts. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to take ABC’s Claire Shipman by the hand to convince her that everything possible was being done and that she should stop trying to invent mistakes and shortcomings. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other environuts demagogued the tragedy as evidence of the effect of global warming, while California Democrats like Sen. Barbara Boxer and Lt. Governor John Garamendi incorrectly claimed that relief efforts were impeded by having troops and equipment in Iraq.

    One of the lessons learned in the wake of Katrina is how the unaccountable Old Media are able to create a false impression that their ideological soul mates in the Democratic Party use for political advantage. In my book, “The Great Media War: A Battlefield Report”, I detail the flawed coverage of one of the greatest natural disasters in American history – a record that has yet to be corrected.

    When I learned of the fake news conference, I expected that the characterization of Jeff Gannon as a “phony reporter” would be revived. Liberal media activist Keith Olbermann noted it on his nightly train wreck of a talk show and the lefties of the blogosphere dutifully repeated it ad nauseum. This is a classic case of how a lie becomes reality, since the record proves otherwise. I was as real as a reporter gets, writing over 500 articles as a White House correspondent, a job that Secret Service records indicate I actually showed up for more than 200 times over the course of two years. The veracity of my work as a reporter has never been successfully challenged.

    Further, in 2006 – a year after my supposed exposure as a “phony reporter” – my peers accepted me into the National Press Club, the most prestigious association of professional journalists in the world. My book about the media will be featured at the National Press Club’s 30th annual book fair on November 1. Not bad for a “fake, fraud and phony.”

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  5. Oz says:

    Oh, blow it out your well-worn ass, Gannon.

    You were as fake a reporter then as you’re a fake author now.

    The only reason FEMA even needed to run this faked press conference was because so many of the administration’s former stage props, like yourself, are no longer given day passes.

    Back to obscurity, stud. Your brand of blahblah just doesn’t stand up well to sunlight.

  6. Dhalgren says:

    Wow, Jeff Gannon has spoken. And he has a new book published this past August. But he still has not explained how a person of his background, which was freely available to all to see on the Internet, including naked pictures of his genitals, get within 20 feet or so of the President?

    The only answer we’ve been able to come-up with is that Mr. Gannon allowed himself to be used as a planted, counterfeit journalist. Soon after other White House correspondents suspected that he was a fraud, and his bio was disseminated by bloggers, Talon News folded and Jeff disappeared from the conferences.

    But he has a National Press Club card? Shit. I’m going to line-up for one right now, then. I was to be a prostitute as well.

  7. Pete D. says:

    Surely no one at FEMA believed that the staged event would not immediately be discovered and criticized. What could the motivation have been for such a stunt?

    It takes a self deceiving cultic mindset to ask that one and rationalize the rest away.

    Motivation? How about deceiving people? You know, like what has gone on since bonsai brain took office. Like you helped along. Geez.

  8. Mark Mywords says:

    I like mr gannon, a real balls-out reporter who is not afraid to take it in the ass to get to the meat of a story. Sure, he sucks diction, and often is caught dong-in-cheek, butt if i had a nipple for every good story he has bared, i’d have a nipple and a half. Every inch a writer, with the stamina and sweatyness to hand with the gop in-crowd. Able to leap tall shlongs in a single bound, and who, disguised as Hop-a-Long Dong Gannon, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper fights for truth, justice, and sloppy seconds.

  9. One detail Mr. Gukert has yet to explain — his overnight stays at the White House. Did you get the Lincoln Bedroom? Did you sleep alone?

  10. mikeintexas says:

    jeff has been visiting texas lately and jeff and big hair perry and been spending long hours in the bathroom ……