Remember Jeff Gannon? The guy with dubious press credentials who was allowed to cover the White House lobbing softballs instead of actual questions until it was revealed that he hired himself out online as a gay prostitute at sites like HotMilitaryStud.com? (Just typing that sentence it's hard to believe that whole story actually happened.) You'll never guess who he works for now - the International Bible Reading Association. Yeah, strange journeys. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports on yesterday's IBRA event for which Gannon was the spokesman - a public reading of the Bible on "national prayer day."
Organizers put out 600 folding chairs on the lawn -- the spot where presidents are inaugurated -- and set up a huge stage with powerful amplifiers. But at 9:30 a.m. yesterday, not one of the 600 seats was occupied. By 11 a.m., as a woman read a passage from Revelations, attendance had grown -- to four people. Finally, at 1 p.m., 37 of the 600 seats were occupied, though many of those people were tourists eating lunch.