Friday, February 18, 2005


Argus Leader Speaks!

Okay, no more Simpsons for right now. I emailed the Argus Leader the following questions:

I'm just wondering when the Argus Leader is going to get around to investigating the ties between John Thune's campaign and "Gannon's" fake journalism. It's seeming more & more like dirty tricks every day! Is there a money trail between Thune and GOPUSA or Guckert/Gannon? After all, there was definitely a lot of interaction between "Gannon" and the two paid-off bloggers. This is potentially a major scandal, is being covered by newspapers all over the country and around the world, and yet SILENCE from the Argus Leader! Can someone please explain this? Does it have anything to do with the intimidation by Gannon during the 2004 campaign? Certainly, the Argus Leader's journalistic ethics are better than that!
And very shortly thereafter, got this response:

Mr. Kelley:

I suspect the people of South Dakota are getting their fill of Mr. Gannon's predicament. We've researched and written on the role of bloggers in the Senate race. Let me assure you, I, nor any of our reporters, were intimidated by Gannon or any other blogger.

Thanks for reading.

Patrick Lalley
Assistant managing editor
Argus Leader

I wonder how the people of South Dakota are getting their fill of Mr. Gannon's predicament, if the Argus Leader and other leading papers haven't covered it? Is it worth even a side story somewhere, the fact that these two bloggers - already known to be tools of the Thune campaign - were themselves being fed by a fake journalist (also a male prostitute) with possible ties to the White House? And even if there turns out to be no connection between the Thune campaign and Guckert, wouldn't it at least be worth investigating?


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