Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Media Matters has a side by side comparison of various “news reports” written by Jeff Gannon/James Guckert for Talon News that were simply taken word for word from either the President’s speeches or from RNC or White House “fact sheets”. It’s a pretty funny comparison.


  1. #1 Jon Rowe
    February 24, 2005

    I briefly checked out his blog and most recent comments on this scandal. I might post my thoughts on my blog: I predict when all is said and done, this dude is going to come out as either “ex-gay” or “ex-gay for pay” (gay for pay being the term for those men who are predominatly heterosexual in their orientation, and who understand themselves to be heterosexual, but nonetheless engage in homosexual acts — pornography or prostitution — for $$$$$$$).

    He claims to be a “born-again Christian” who has made mistakes in the past.

  2. #2 mark butterworth
    February 25, 2005

    Hey, I’m only a year late but while googling myself I came across a post of yours that took issue with one of mine.

    You don’t have an email address on your site or I would have sent a missive slightly contradicting your assessment of my blog you criticized as a bit weird.

    Basically, my blog was about the idea of the Culture War eventually growing into an actual Civil War with spilt blood.

    The inevitability of Civil wars in nations is beyond dispute. Whether ours is bound to occur begs the question. One, it has already occurred in 1860. Two, why would anyone doubt that it will occur, in say, 2020?

    Tensions in a people can’t be stopped. The question becomes which side one is on and if they are willing to die for their cause.

    Would love to hear from you. Send an email since I only came upon this site by chance.

    send to: johnmark at surewest dot net. Look forward to hearing from you since you seem basically reasonable.

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    February 25, 2005


    He has a blog? I gotta see this.

  4. #4 Jon Rowe
    February 25, 2005
  5. #5 Jason Kuznicki
    February 25, 2005

    Honestly, I have no problem with his being gay–or with his being a prostitute. If it were up to me, prostitution would also be legal.

    It’s perhaps not the image that Republicans want to see on their side, but hey, if they are finally learning some tolerance, why not?

    I mean really, why not? I’ve had my laugh over the hypocrisy of the whole affair, but isn’t it a bit homophobic to attack the guy for his private life?

  6. #6 Ed Brayton
    February 26, 2005

    I’ve had my laugh over the hypocrisy of the whole affair, but isn’t it a bit homophobic to attack the guy for his private life?

    I’m not sure if you’re addressing me with this or not, Jason, but the amusement for me in this situation is the hypocrisy on all sides. I couldn’t care less that he’s gay, or even that he’s a gay prostitute. Like you, I think both of those things should be perfectly legal. But being perfectly legal doesn’t mean immune from criticism when those things contradict one’s public persona. Just like with prominent politicians who are anti-gay in public, but gay in private, it’s not the fact that they’re gay that bothers me, obviously, it’s the contradiction.

    But more than that, I just find this guy a really pathetic creature. I mean, he’s so obviously a little insider wannabe trying so hard to be a bigshot and falling on his face because of his own absurdity. And the fact that his response to all of this is to puff himself up and say, “Ah, they’re so afraid of me they had to bring me down!”. I mean, if that’s not funny, nothing’s funny.

    I should also add that I find the reaction of the Democrats in Congress funny too. I think the calls for an investigation official letters of inquiry and all of that is silly and overblown. A lot of people should be embarrassed by this, but as the old saying goes, let’s not make a federal case out of it.

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