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From the unintentionally hilarious department: Former Bush era White House Spokesman, Ari Fleischer, criticised Barack Obama for calling on a blogger during his press conference. Ari claimed that Bush wouldn't have done such a thing. Which is bananas, when you consider one Jeff Gannon.
Fleischer And O’Reilly: Bush Didn’t Call On ‘Dot Coms And Other Oddballs’ Like The Huffington Post
If Bush was relying on Fleischer to screen the “dotcoms and oddballs,” he was poorly served. Take, for example, case of Jeff Gannon, the male escort-turned-right-wing news outlet Talon News. The White House press office granted Gannon access to the White House under an assumed name and with no background check. Once Gannon got in the door under Fleischer’s watch in 2003, he was called on by Bush at a press conference in January 2005. Gannon