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Following up on KO's sarcastic story the other night, Feb 10, about Jeff Gannon not being a real reporter, and all the lame jokes about "we can all be cowboys", by KO, Robert Cox at The National Debate and also of this site has written a devastating commentary debunking this fake name charge once and for all. I am posting it with his permission from the TND site, because I feel it really puts the fake name question into perspective. The fake name is the only "evidence" KO had to belittle Gannon, much like the rest of the liberal blogosphere.
"A Guckert By Any Other Name" follows:
A Guckert By Any Other Name Is Still A Guckert
Much has been made by lefty bloggers of Jeff Gannon/James Guckert, formerly of Talon News, gaining access to White House briefings. Some have dwelled on Guckert's registration of suggestive internet domain names to claim that Guckert is a homosexual or a purveyor of "gay porn" and therefore a hypocrite for advancing a right-wing agenda; this hypocrisy from many of the same liberal bloggers who promote a gay-rights agenda that would criticize targeting anyone for being gay and an ACLU agenda that actively defends purveyors of pornography including so-called gay porn. Some have dwelled on conspiracy theories short on facts and long on fantasy. Most, however, have focused on James Guckert's use of the nom de plume "Jeff Gannon".
Many on the left, and in the MSM, have done their Inspector Renault impersonation and profess to be "shocked" that a journalist would publish under a pseudonym.
The irony here runs thick.
The lead attack dog on "GannonGate" has been David Brock of Media Matters for America. This is the same David Brock, self-proclaimed member of the vast right-wing conspiracy, who served as attack dog on various Clinton-era scandals including "TrooperGate" and now works for uber-lefty and world famous financier George Schwartz.
Never heard of him? Perhaps you know him better by his "fake name" - George Soros.
Entertainers have long changed their names for a variety of reasons. Some have sought to de-ethnicize their names: Allen Konigsberg became Woody Allen, Alphonso D'Abruzzo became Alan Alda, Jacob Cohen became Rodney Dangerfield and Bob Zimmerman became Bob Dylan. Some sought to glamorize their name including Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland), James Bumgarner (James Garner) and Marion Morrison (John Wayne). Lawrence Tureaud, Cherilyn LaPierre, Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, and Paul Hewson all opted for just one name: Mr. T, Cher, Charo and Bono respectively. Thomas Mapother, Todd Jones, Demetria Guynes and Jo Tejada have found success as Tom Cruise, James Earl Jones, Demi Moore and Raquel Welch
A raft of politically active entertainers use fake names including Ramon Estevez (Martin Sheen), Moran Cho (Margaret Cho), David Van Cortland (David Crosby), and Moby (Richard Hall).
Funeral services were held yesterday for actor activist, Ossie Davis, born Raiford Chatman Davis. His wife, Ruby Dee, was born Ruby Ann Wallace.
Tonight on the Grammy Award's ceremony Eric Bishop and Alicia Cook will sing a few Ray Robinson tunes. In other words, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx will honor Ray Charles by singing a duet. The music world is full of fake names. Eileen Edwards became Shania Twain, Robert Hall became Bob Weir. Sean Combs could form his own band by adding Puffy, Puff Daddy and P. Diddy to his act. Dana Owens is not really royalty but she will be hosting the Grammies tonight under her assumed name.
Besides the Queen of Latifah, many world leaders down have adopted pseudonyms. Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili may have had the Russian version of the WWF in mind when he took the name "man of steel" and became Joseph Stalin. Doroteo Aranga became "Pancho" Villa. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi then just "Gandhi". Josip Broz Tito when straight to "Tito". Adolf Schickelgruber Hiedler did Schickelgrubers all over the world a favor by changing his name to Adolf Hitler before marching off on his murderous march towards world domination. Nguyen That Thanh became Ho Chi Minh and got his own mountain trail named after him - and later a city.
Could peace in the middle east been achieved sooner if Abder Rauf Arafat al-Kudwa al-Husseini broken bread with Ariel Shinerman in Jerusalem? The world may never know but as Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon the answer is definitely "no". Long before Sharon appeared on the Israeli political scene, Golda Mabovitz had become Golda Meir.
Karol Wojtyla took the name John Paul II when he became Pope and Ras Tafari Makonnen became Haile Selasse, Emperor of Ethiopia and leader of the Rastafarian faith.
In a twist, Carmen Electra of American Idol fame changed her name from Tara Patrick before modeling nude for Playboy. With the name available, it was adopted by Linda Ann Hopkins who then changed her fake name "Tara" to "Tera" to become porn star Tera Patrick. Of course, porn names are notoriously fake: Ron Jeremy was born Ronald Hyatt and Nora Louise Kuzma took the name Traci Lords and starred in 60 porn films in 1985 at the age of 17 although she later renounced her porn past, took only "straight" acting jobs and wrote a book. She kept her porn name.
Garik Weinstein would likely have become the greatest chess player in the world without changing his name to Garry Kasparov. Araminta Ross would have still guided slaves through the Underground Railroad had she not taken the name Harriet Tubman. The world may never know how Jacob Rubenstein was able to commit murder on live TV but they do know he was using the name Jack Ruby at the time. Of course, every school kid knows that Sam Clemens wrote under the name Mark Twain but how many know that Thomas Lawrence took the name Thomas Shaw to avoid the notoriety he cultivated as Lawrence of Arabia.
Elijah Poole and Malcolm Little led black Muslims as Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. Famous athletes took Muslim names: Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabaar), Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad), and Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali)
U.S. politics is replete with assumed named. Bill Blythe, Tom Wilson, and Hiram Grant entered history as President Williams J. Clinton, President Woodrow Wilson and President Ulysses Grant respectively. Grant, like Harry Truman, added an "S" to his name for marketing reasons: Ulysses S. Grant for "U.S." Grant and Harry S. Truman because, well, how are you going to trust a man with no middle name. For no obvious reason, David Dwight Eisenhower rearranged his name to become Dwight David Eisenhower. John F. Kennedy used his real name to obtain the White House but not all of his girlfriends did; Judith Inmoor is better known as Judith Exner and Norma Jean Mortensen Baker is, of course, Marilyn Monroe.
Four vice-presidential candidates used altered names: John Fremon ran as John Fremont, Carey Kefauver ran as Estes Kefauver and Robert Shriver ran as Sargent Shriver. Only one man ran as veep with a fake name and won, Henry Wilson, who was born Jeremiah Jones Colbath, but he died before completing his four year term. Wilson got a lot of slack with his fake name; he ran on the Republican Grant-Wilson ticket in 1872, so he was not likely to get many complaints for fiddling with his name from the top of the ticket for reasons noted above and the Democrats had nothing to say at all since they did not even bother to field a candidate that year.
Frizzell Gray ran for Congress and later became head of the NAACP as Kweisi Mfume and James Janos was elected governor of Minnesota as Jesse Ventura.
Would basketball players still give an emphatic "YES!" on sinking a jump shot if Marvin Aufrichtig had not become Marv Albert. Could Howard Cohen have had the same impact on the NFL as Howard Cosell? Would the BBC have been as upper-crusty with Alfred Cooke rather than Alistair Cooke? Would Charles Grodinsky have gotten his own cable news talk show without shortening his name to Grodin. Would listeners wait to hear "the rest of the story" from Paul Aurandt rather than Paul Harvey. Would Jim McKay's coverage of terrorism at the 1972 Munich Olympics been diminished if he had introduced himself to viewers as James McManus.
And let's not forget TV's most famous news anchor, Ted Baxter, was played by Ted Knight, actor and real-life Mayor of Pacific Pallisades, California, who was born Tadeus Konopka.
Despite the long American tradition of taking on pseudonyms, the left-wing bloggers sought to advance the idea that there was something unusual about James Guckert using the names Jeff Gannon. When the lefty notion that the Bush Administration compromised White House security by granting a press pass to someone under an assumed name collapsed (both Guckert and the White House have stated that Guckert applied for his daily press passes under his legal name) the "smoking gun" became video tapes of White House spokesman Scott McClellan addressing James Guckert as "Jeff".
By this logic, the MSM is rife with "frauds" such as Myron "Mike" Wallace, Lila "Diane" Sawyer and Mary "Cokie" Roberts none of whom use their given first names. Rupert Murdoch's real first name is Keith. Gerald Rivera went by "Jerry" as kid but changed his name to Geraldo when he began his career in investigative journalism. The patron saint of CBS News, Edward R. Murrow, changed his name from Egbert. CBS News Anchor and morning host, Hannah Storm, kept her first name but changed her last name from Storen at the suggestion of a producer at NBC.
With all this name changing I am feeling a little left out. I can't decide whether "Mr. C" or "Coxo" works best.
Anyone know Gaelic for "brains of steel"?