I've been waiting for months for an opening to write about the notorious Jeff Gannon/James Guckert, that "reporter" whose fluffball questions at White House press briefings betrayed the fact that he wasn't exactly what you call a real journalist. After all these months, the moment has finally arrived. GAO has ruled that Gannon/Guckert's "verbatim reprinting of White House press releases as his own work" does not violate a federal prohibition on the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes. Unseemly, icky, and lazy, yes. Illegal, no. (Thanks for the tip, A.L.)
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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