News has a way of turning on its head. A few months ago, one Mr. Assange was the daring rebel of the world's media, arguably the man of the year; now, he is one step away from a trial for sex crimes, and potentially, a death-penalty trial in the US for treason; his semi-autobiography is a dud; and he is seen for the strange arrogant man he likely is. Meanwhile, one-time Godfather of fast food, Mr. Cain, the other day the one to beat to beat Obama, is now mired in sleaze, and bumbling. The media throws such characters up the pop charts. But they do, eventually, fall.