Frank Rich, perceptive and amusing
, on what the surreal 'Jeff Gannon' saga all amounts to.
Has anyone registered potemkinrepublicanism.com
And one more stab at this: I won't deny a certain discomfort at the vaguely lord-of-the-fliesian nature of the exposure of all this man's lurid ridiculousness. But if it turned out that any other president
-- doesn't even have to be Clinton -- had a ringer 'reporter' stationed in the press pool to serve up soft-serve questions, and
the same folks had already been caught paying off or buying or otherwise subborning other 'journalists' several times in recent months, AND
evidence mounted that the ringer 'reporter' turned out to be a ringer 'reporter'/GI Joe-style male prostitute
with what Sid Blumenthal rightly calls
"enormous potential for blackmail", don't we figure that this would have ginned up a bit more big time press razzle-dazzle and gasps and awwws by now?