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Monday, March 21, 2005

Reputable? Admirable? -- Jeff Gannon Says "I Am Neither"

I had a quick look at White House Whore Jeff Gannon's web site today. Trust me, with all the right-wing diatribe and unenlightened, poorly-expressed thoughts masquerading as valuable comment there, a quick scan was all I could stomach.

I especially had to laugh at this statement:

NOTE TO [Editor & Publisher]: You should stop describing me as "disgraced." It is totally inaccurate. It implies that I am ashamed or discredited. I am neither.


Now, I guess I truly can't make a call on whether JimmyJeff feels shame in regard to his situation. All I can say is -- if I were a reporter in the White House press corps one day and then found myself reduced to being a blogger who no one will talk with anymore and from whom people rush to disinfect and cleanse themselves after they shake my hand -- well, I'm pretty sure I'd feel some level of shame.

Not to mention the fact that the people who JimmyJeff is trying to appeal to -- the conservative base -- expect him to feel and express shame for the things he has done in what he calls "his past." He posted nude photos of himself online in an attempt to prostitute himself. Apparently, though, he has no regrets.

This man really wants it both ways, doesn't he? (This is meant to be a reference to his shifting character -- not necessarily to his proclivities.)

And it's this chronic flaw in his character that proves him discredited, too. As well as the fact that his former employer removed all of his writing from his web site. And the fact that his former cronies don't want anything to do with him anymore. And the fact that when the stove got hot, he ran from the fire -- blaming his lack of gravitas and perseverance on concern for his family (who have more than likely disowned him, too). And the fact that he is the butt of jokes from Jay Leno to the Daily Show, fodder for Doonesbury and political cartoonists nationwide.

Disgraced, ashamed and discredited. They all seem mighty accurate to me.

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