By: E&P Staff
Former reporter/escort Jeff Gannon finally got his true 15 minutes of fame — in a lengthy sketch on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Thursday night.
In a segment covering the blog phenomenon, another fake correspondent, Rob Corddry, went step-by-step on how to make a name for yourself, and some money, by developing a site, and then a “persona,” on the Web, sort of like James Guckert, better known as Jeff Gannon. Corddry even interviewed a real blogger, Jay Rosen, of PressThink (and New York University), noting that he was surprised to find Rosen with his pants on, instead of pajamas.
But then he got to Gannon takeoff, donning a false moustache and wig to portray a fake newsman named Dino Ironbody. “Time to journalize,” he said. “Let’s news!”
Then he crashed a real press conference held earlier this week, conducted by a New York City official, badgering him with a question about Social Security privatization.
Corddry finally reappeared back in the studio with host Jon Stewart, and announced that besides his blog he was also starting a male escort site, and then headed off to a West Side “leather bar.”