In a nutshell, Gannon didn't say a thing. It was 20 minutes of bullshit. He wouldn't answer any real questions. Challenged us to get answers from the White House and from GOPUSA. First, Anderson asked him about his name, and he said he used a pseudonym because his real name is hard to pronounce. Anderson answered "Jeff is hard to pronounce?" Gannon said, no Guckert is. Anderson replied, yeah but you changed James to Jeff, James isn't hard to pronounce. That set the tone for the entire interview.
I was waiting for Gannon to say" I am not a crook!" The whole point of his sexuality had nothing to do with the initial investigation into his credentials as a reporter when Media Matters began their research.
Much more on Bobby Eberle and Talon/GOPUSA via World O' Crap
Anyway, I also found this part of the Houston Chronicle piece interesting:
Eberle said Talon merits White House credentials because of its large number of readers (he claims 500,000 unpaid subscribers), its regular publishing schedule and its differentiation between news and opinion journalism.
Of course, by "subscribers" he means everybody who has signed one of GOPUSA's polls and now gets the GOPUSA newsletter in their inbox whether they want it or not, and everybody whose email address was passed along to Bobby by his brother Bruce, who runs a direct advertising company which targets conservatives, and who also used to run a conservative site called MillionsofAmericans.com. (I still wonder about that 500,00 figure, though.)
Oh, and the differentiation is that the items on the GOPUSA site which regurgitate RNC and White House news releases without additional commentary are credited to "Talon News."