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What's Hannity's Connection To Jeff Gannon?

Reported by Deborah - February 19, 2005

It was reported yesterday February 18 by Raw Story that Jaff Gannon bragged to Free Republic that he fed information to Hannity on September 10 about Mary Mapes which would discredit Dan Rather's sources on the National Guard story. Hannity started his all out assault on Rather and CBS on the same date.

Here is an excerpt from the Raw Story Report about Gannon and Hannity.

Gannon bragged about passing a scoop on who obtained the troubled Bush National Guard memos to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on the conservative forum Free Republic.

“Mary Mapes is DEFINITELY [sic] behind the story,” Gannon wrote in Free Republic on Sept. 10, 2004. “This is who I told Sean Hannity got the documents. She also obtained the Abu Ghraib photos.”

“I got the scoop and passed it to Hannity,” Gannon added. “Look for my detailed story on Monday at Talon News. There is much more to this story. Mary Mapes is just the beginning.”

That story–that CBS producer Mary Mapes was the source of the troubled Bush Guard documents–shredded the credibility of anchor Dan Rather and killed any chance the facts that Bush had failed to adequately perform his duties as a member of the Texas Air National Guard would be taken seriously.

A producer at a rival network told Aravosis she received a call from Gannon informing her that Mapes had obtained the documents. That network then broke the tie between Mapes and the questionable ‘60 Minutes’ report.
“I am more concerned with each passing day that the relationship between Gannon and the White House was anything but typical,” Slaughter said. “As long as this Administration continues to stonewall I will seek the truth.”

Hannity orchestrated an all out attack on Dan Rather and during his recent interview with Karl Rove sought acknowledgment from him on the memogate story but Rove quickly dodged the subject. How many other Hannity campaigns were triggered by Gannon tips? This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

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