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Jeff Gannon Returns to Fray with Book Blasting Media's 'Liberal Bias'

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Jeff Gannon Returns to Fray with Book Blasting Media's 'Liberal Bias'

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Two years after he became a famous, or infamous, White House correspondent, Jeff Gannon is back with a book excoriating his former colleagues, and recounting his days of reporting "behind enemy lines" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In a publication announcement, Gannon says his book, "The Great Media War," names names of the liberal activists with press passes he says dominates the Washington press corps -- and he takes aim at those who made him the center of a sensational scandal that included getting daily White House access with an assumed name, allegations he advertised himself on a gay escort service, and maintained Web sites including hotmilitarystud.com.

"The basic premise, which is revealed in the title, 'The Great Media War,' is that for decades liberals controlled the media," Gannon said in a telephone interview Wednesday, "and when conservatives tried to at least get a fair representation in the major media, they had to fight to get there. And now the liberals are fighting to hold onto their once-exclusive franchise.

"I'm a casualty of that conflict," Gannon added.

He said he was moved to write the book in part because of the "mischaracterization" of his journalistic work.

Gannon came to public attention in 2005 at a nationally broadcast presidential press conference in which he asked a question that included criticism of Democratic senators Harry Reid and Hilary Clinton and concluded "how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality? …

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