March 06, 2005
BILL QUICK: No more Jeff Gannons!
UPDATE: Take that, Jeff Gannon: Blogger joins White House press corps!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Actually, it's another Jeff Gannon! Look at the bio of the guy who just got credentialed:
Garrett Graff is vice president of communications at EchoDitto, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based technology consulting firm. A Vermont native, he served formerly as deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and, beginning in 1997, was then-Governor Dean's first webmaster.
A partisan PR guy disguised as a "real journalist!" He's even a "dittohead!" Somebody tell Kos. I'm sure he'll be right on it . . . .
On a more serious note, Tom Maguire emails to say that the real lesson here is "Take that, FEC!" If bloggers are getting credentialed as press, the argument to treat "real" press differently from bloggers collapses.
UPDATE: Jeez, some people have no senses of humor. I'm accused of faking Graff's bio, but if you follow the link it's to his bio on the site of the blog he writes. Don't blame me if it emphasizes his political and PR skills. For the record, and for the benefit of the terminally clueless, I don't think that he's a male prostitute -- or a "dittohead" for that matter. Duh. But boy, you can't read that explosion of bile without realizing that to the folks on the left, the gay angle really was the big angle on Gannon, and all the talk about other issues was just window dressing. Not that it wasn't obvious before.