Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, sees first-hand how gauche people in the media and politicians can be. He works in Washington DC. The opening of his book is a great example:

2008

Tim Russert is Dead. But the room was alive. You can’t work it too hard at a memorial service, obviously. It’s the kind of thing people notice. But the big-ticket Washington departure rite can be such a great networking opportunity…

And they’re off to the races, stampeding down the red carpet to pay tribute to the newsman that some loved, others hated…but everyone is there because you can perhaps get a word with one of the network talk show hosts who could interview you about your book or your cause or something…

Leibovich offers a fly-on-the-wall view of the Washington craziness…the money, the greed, the self promotion, the fake smiles…it would be funny as a TV show…a little sad that it’s actually real. It’s totally fascinating.

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