Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

You don’t want to know what’s in a hotdog, but a major chunk of it is called “filler.” Same thing for the Slim Jim and Taco Bell beef. And sometimes, for news.

Sara Libby, Politico’s deputy politics editor, tweeted, “Rick Santorum, on Wolf Blitzer now, is affirming our earlier groundbreaking report” with a link to a Politico story on Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s so-called love of vests and turtlenecks. Groundbreaking indeed.

Now, it doesn’t matter how Libby promoted the story, she has to shill whatever Politico produces, no matter how bland. The real question is why Politico would bother writing the story in the first place.

After pointing out Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s love of pantsuits, GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman’s affinity for denim jackets and President Obama’s affection for expensive Hart Schaffner Marx suits, Politico lumped in Santorum. And yes, he wears those strange pieces of clothing sometimes worn by men known as sweater vests and turtlenecks. You can purchase them at Macy’s.

The reporter writes, “Now, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is making his fashion mark with sweater vests and turtlenecks.” To be fair, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who typically covers the harder news of political reporting, also affirms that Santorum is an avid sweater vest wearer.

Did you know the President likes suits? Ever heard of them? Are you aware of who Huntsman is? Polls would suggest no. Hillary and the pantsuits…OK, everyone knows that. But who do you think will be remember that Santorum wore sweater vests and turtlenecks in three months? Or three weeks? No one, that’s who.

The only thing “groundbreaking” about this Politico story is the “thud” with which their creativity for gossip  hit the floor.