Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A Whore and a Thief

Here’s another kink (pun intended) in Jeff Gannon / Jim Guckert’s story.

Massachusetts newspaper reporter and her then-editor have accused former White House correspondent ‘Jeff Gannon’ of plagiarizing an article at which the reporter was the only media witness, RAW STORY has learned.

The alleged plagiarism was discovered by blogger Ron Brynaert, who has tracked other plagiarism by Gannon and various Talon News correspondents at his blog, WhyAreWeBackInIraq.

A Jun. 17, 2003 article published by Jim Guckert, who wrote under the pen name Jeff Gannon, contains numerous identical quotes and similar phrasing to an article written by Melissa Beecher for the Waltham Daily News Tribune five days earlier. A comparison of the two articles compiled by Brynaert follows.

In the article about a Massachusetts couple who refused to let their home-schooled children take a standardized test, Guckert used quotes identical to Beecher’s article without attribution. Beecher was the only reporter in attendance at the couple’s home the day the Department of Social Services came to collect the children.

Guckert did not respond to two email requests for comment. [RAW STORY]

This should get him back in good stead with the White House; he’s now completed two of the requirements to become a certified press lackey — sell yourself to the highest bidder and steal your work from someone else. It’s only a matter of time before he gets his own show on MSNBC.