Wednesday, August 29, 2007


The Larry Craig Moment may not have been the best possible time to try to persuade right-wingers to buy this:

It's been more than two years since Jeff Gannon (birth name: James Dale Guckert) resigned from Talon News, a conservative Web site for which Gannon served as White House correspondent. At the time, some theorized that Gannon was liberally granted press access in order to ask softball questions of White House officials. Others were taken aback by nude pictures of Gannon that appeared on male escort service Web pages. A few questioned his lack of journalism education and experience.

Well, Gannon’s back, and he has his claws out....

Gannon will release his book, “The Great Media War: A Battlefield Report,” on Sept. 4. The book chronicles his experiences at the White House and what he believes is the media’s liberal bias....

Or perhaps never would have a good time for Gannon to publish -- many of his fellow right-wingers think Mark Foley and Ted Haggard lost them the '06 elections (which is why they're desperate for Larry Craig to crawl in a hole and die). They don't want to have anything to do with a guy like Gannon not because he's a journalistic phony but because he's a Republican who's been nekkid with guys!

Thus, Gannon had to self-publish, although, embarrassingly, he presents it as a choice:

Gannon says that because his book is not a saucy expose, most major publishing houses were less interested in his manuscript. As a result, he's elected to self-publish "Great Media War" to "maintain total control of the product."

Oh, please -- no one would have published your tedious screed about liberal media bias, Jeff? Not Regnery? Or Crown Forum? Or Threshold? Or Sentinel? Or Encounter Books? Or World Ahead? Those guys publish tedious screeds about liberal media bias all the time -- why not yours? Jonah Goldberg got a deal with Doubleday to publish a 496-page snore about "liberal fascism" and you had to go DIY with iUniverse, where you share the list with the likes of Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry: Vol. I by Kveldulf Gundarsson?

As I type this, Gannon's book is #299,942 at Amazon.

(Via the Carpetbagger Report.)

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