Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Clucking Guckert to Headline Scheduled Cluckfest? 

Via the Agonist:
An Open Letter To The National Press Club

Members of The National Press Club,

We, the undersigned bloggers, are very concerned about how liberal political bloggers are being systematically under-represented and belittled in the mainstream media, academic settings and media forums. By being intentionally excluded away from these venues, we are effectively pushed out of the discourse of opinion-leaders. The result is that the conventional wisdom about blogging, politics and journalism, as it concerns liberal blogs, becomes a feedback loop framed by the Conservatives and their media allies.

More on topic including full letter.

Feedback via Romenesko/Poynter.org
Keep Guckert/Gannon away from the press club
3/29/2005 4:17:28 PM

From GEORGE HENSON: The problems and questions that arose as a result of the James Guckert affair are many. Mainly, the White House facilitated a fake journalist’s entry into the White House and, by doing so, perpetrated a fraud against the American people. And since that time has participated in a cover-up. The National Press Club, by not taking a stronger and more vocal position in the matter acted as an accomplice after the fact. Their latest action can only be described as pandering, in the truest sense of the word, i.e. pimping.

James Guckert continues to pose as a journalist. He feels no shame, no remorse and no sense of obligation to journalistic ethics or standards. Now, the National Press Club has given him a new forum from which to assert his self-awarded "journalistic credentials." He is using the invitation to defend the delusional claim that he is a journalist.

Inviting James Guckert to participate in a panel whose purported objective is to dissect the charade that Guckert carried out is tantamount to allowing a defendant to sit in on jury deliberations. A panel of reputable journalists and bloggers can easily examine the fall-out from the Guckert affair without giving Guckert a public platform from which to ply his paphian trade.

I guess Karen Ryan was unavailable.


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