In an article sure to upset those who attach great symbolism to the investigation of Jeff Gannon, Vanity Fair gives the inside story on Gannongate. The article gives a bit of perspective to those who marvel at the access to White House press briefings Gannon got and to other Washington area events. As Woody Allen once noted, “90% of success is just showing up,” a lesson the article makes clear Gannon took to heart.
Two humorous quotes from the story, first on insignificant the whole Gannon affair actually is.
…[F]rom the standpoint of Washington, D.C., power politics – as opposed to pure human interest and intrigue – his irrelevance is one of those rare things on which left and right agree. “I can’t emphasize enough what a marginal figure he is,” says David Corn of the liberal weekly The Nation. “The fact that the guy is, well, ‘lilliputian’ makes him sound bigger than he was,” adds the right-wing National Review’s Jonah Goldberg. Right-wing bloggers, Goldberg wrote, had bagged Dan Rather and Eason Jordan; left-wingers had bagged “a chipmunk.”
And this on Gannon’s hopes of redemption..
Sure, he [Gannon] says, he’s radioactive now, but America loves redemption; just look at Dick Morris, Marv Albert, and Martha Stewart. Of course, as Dan Froomkin of washingtonpost.com points out, this is redemption with a twist. “Most people in the American tradition of falling and being redeemed, they were someone in the beginning,” he says. “This is a whole new narrative: you start as nobody, you fall to great depths, and then you’re a name. It’s pretty cool.”
Froomkin obviously hasn’t been paying attention to Paris Hilton’s life story…