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Secret Service responds to Dems' questions on Gannon access to White House

By John Byrne| RAW STORY Editor

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The following includes three pages of responses from the Secret Service to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The responses were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Gannon’s ready access to President Bush and his work for a news agency that frequently plagiarized content from other reporters and tailored it to serve a conservative message may raise new questions about the White House’s attempts to seed favorable news coverage. Democrats have sought to paint Guckert in the context of other efforts by the Administration to “plant” positive spin by paying for video news releases and columnists to espouse their views.

Guckert made more than 200 appearances at the White House during his two-year tenure with the fledging conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 of 196 White House press briefings. He had little to no previous journalism experience, previously worked as a male escort, and was refused a congressional press pass.



Article originally published Apr. 25, 2005.

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