Jeff Gannon speaks: It could happen to you

By Tim Grieve
Published February 10, 2005 6:04PM (EST)

The voice is back!

Jeff Gannon hasn't been returning calls from a lot of reporters since he resigned from Talon News this week, but he has granted an interview to his hometown newspaper, the News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.

In the interview, Gannon says what happened to him should serve as a wake-up call for serious journalists everywhere. "I asked a question at a White House press briefing and this is what happened to me," Gannon told the News Journal. "If this is what happens to me, what reporter is safe?"

Gannnon -- the News Journal refers to him by his real name, James D. Guckert -- says that he's the victim of forces who will "try to turn people's lives inside out." "They tried to intimidate me, punish me," he says. "Then they tried to embarrass me, and they've done a pretty good job of that."

Presumably, the embarrassment comes not from Gannon/Guckert's suck-up questioning of the President -- how can you deal with Democrats who "seem to have divorced themselves from reality?" -- but from the connections bloggers have drawn between Gannon/Guckert's name and Web sites like, and

Gannon/Guckert tells the News Journal that he registered domain names like those for a client in a Web-hosting business he was starting in Delaware.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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