Gannon, Guckert, and God

The long-anticipated Vanity Fair article on Jeff Gannon is now online, bestowing upon us more Gannon than we could ever desire. The article provides some new insights and sides of Gannon that we haven’t seen, including some rather length discourses on faith:

God, Gannon believes, bestowed a White House gig on him not as a reward for cleaning up his act, as he had first thought, but as, in a sense, another Station of the Cross, affording him a chance to burn away all his transgressions and purify himself once and for all. Now he’s been humiliated, but he’s been liberated too.

The best point in the article, though, belongs to Dan Froomkin, he of the White House Briefing, who points out that Gannon’s attempted story of redemption has a major difference from those of previous fallen idols like, say, Martha Stewart. “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.”

“Cool” is certainly one word for it, but perhaps that’s what cable news and the internet is doing to us: unfortunately infamy is the future of American fame. Just ask Jessica Cutler or Jennifer Wilbanks.

(As an aside: This post represents Fishbowl’s 500th post since our January launch.)