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A separate NPR story today said the following (click the red "Listen" button just underneath the headling, not the other button thart says "Web extra" (you can click that too, but it's not as good):

1. James Guckert is the name Gannon used to apply for press credentials on Capitol Hill, and was turned down.

2. Today he acknowledged that Jeff Gannon is not his real name, but wouldn't confirm it was Guckert.

3. NPR mentioned the "homoerotic tone" Web sites, and specifically mentioned HotMilitaryStud.com. NPR said: "These sites are registered to an address in Delaware that's the same as one held by a James Guckert. And that's the name that Gannon used to apply for press credentials on Capitol Hill. He was turned down."

More from NPR: "As for those Web sites, Gannon said he created them for clients of a software company he used to work for. And Gannon says his Christian faith has enabled him to receive forgiveness for the sins of his past."

NPR didn't bother mentioning WHICH Web sites, Gannon was associated with many, some religious, some conservative and some not just homoerotic, but, hello, MilitaryEscortsM4M.com - homoerotic isn't the point. Since NPR, bless their souls, was a bit sloppy with their report, we have no idea WHICH Web site Gannon is admitting to having created. If it were MilitaryEscortsM4M.com, for example, that would be a big deal, because working for a prostitution Web site would probably not gel with Gannon's family-values writing slant, nor with getting access to the President and internal CIA documents.

Oh, and before I forget, this I-found-God business is slightly annoying. I'm happy to believe he had a come-to-Jesus moment, but then why does he still seem to own those Web addresses? I'm not sure finding God gets you over that problem.) Was it before or after he found God that he built those sites, and which sites did he build? Was it before or after he came to Jesus that he was involved in the Valerie Plame affair? And since he's now found God, why not come clean publicly with everything he knows about the Plame scandal?

Oh, and by the way, since prostitution is a crime in most of the US, and you say you're a conservative and a born-again, who was the client you built the Web sites for and who was the consulting firm? And does being a born again forgive the fact that working for a criminal enterprise is still a crime? I'm not saying this was a criminal enterprise, but being paid to help create a prostitution business - IF THAT'S WHAT THOSE SITES WERE - raises some interesting legal questions.


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