Saturday, April 09, 2005

I'm starting to like Jeff Gannon

Crooks and Liars has the video from the National Press Club panel and the guy's a card (via Talkleft):

You can hardly call Fox News conservative.

Hi-freaking-larious. It brought down the house!

And you have to see the part where his red state/blue state map is oddly-colored because his printer ran out of ink, but he perserveres in his attempt to demonstrate just how conservative the U.S. is. "Look at all that green," he says. Priceless. He's the Gallagher of the White House Press Corps. Or maybe he's performing an extended Andy Kaufmanesque parody of a wingnut.

Digby has another view.

Update: No, wait! I know who he reminds me of: George Costanza! At the NPC he said why is it wrong that I'm a partisan journalist? Look at George Stephanopolous. Big Media Matt Yglesias made the point that "There's something of a distinction between people who used to have political jobs and now have jobs as journalists." It all reminded me of the time George had lost his job and Jerry was trying to help him decide what to do (CUE wavy "going back in time" vision):

JERRY: So, what are you gonna do now? Are you gonna look for something else in real estate?

GEORGE: Nobody's hiring now. The market's terrible.

JERRY: So what are you gonna do?

GEORGE: I like sports. I could do something in sports.

JERRY: Uh-huh. Uh-huh. In what capacity?

GEORGE: You know, like the general manager of a baseball team or something.

JERRY: Yeah. Well, that - that could be tough to get.

GEORGE: Well, it doesn't even have to be the general manager. Maybe I could be like, an announcer? Maybe like a color man? You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game?

Jerry: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.

George: So? What about that?

Jerry: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and, ya know, people IN broadcasting.

George: That's really not fair.

Substitute "former political staffers" for "ex-ballplayers" and male prostitute for real estate and you've got Jeff Gannon, the George Constanza who wouldn't give up.

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