Nov
10
2012

Did the scoop on the Petraeus affair get missed by… the NYT Magazine? [UPDATED]

The situation gets summed up by this tweet:

You can see why:

MY WIFE’S LOVER

My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort…

It’s maybe a little unfair to do 20/20 hindsight, but then the guy who wrote the response to this Upper East Side’s version of a Penthouse Letter took the position that the affair didn’t have to be revealed because the target was apparently not a social conservative… so no, it’s not unfair at all to gently point out that it’s reasonable to expect that a real reporter who had been given this kind of hint might have gone out and done a little digging.

Assuming that this article is actually referencing Petraeus, of course.

[UPDATE: They're saying that it isn't.]

[I still say that there's a story there. Just tossed in the guy's lap, and everything.]

3 Comments

  • Herp McDerp says:

    Wait. They’re saying that there’s another official in the Obama administration managing an important, high-profile project who is having an affair with a married woman … and the New York Times isn’t interested in reporting on this? “All the news that fits our agenda!”

  • Jack_Savage says:

    My article would be shorter, which is why my blog would be no fun:

    “My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His body will never be found.”

    Is it just me, or does this scream out “Wuss”?

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