How Petraeus courted the press
November 14th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

How Petraeus courted the press

By Howard Kurtz, CNN

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.

(CNN) - David Petraeus had another love affair long before the one that cost him his job running the CIA.

It was with the press.

The retired general's skillful courtship of journalists brought him a career's worth of favorable headlines and has, to a remarkable degree, softened the coverage of his fall from grace. Petraeus accomplished this in part by granting reporters access - though none quite as extraordinary as that accorded his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who several news organizations have identified as the other woman in the extramarital affair he has acknowledged.


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    I have to say this before I scream. I typed this to the"other organizations like meet the press THis week, and the likes. I am abosolutely amazed at the many .. the news organizations having Newt Gingrich [of all people] to commnet on Patreus' extramarietal afffairs. At least they didn't have Clinton on record.

    1) Not one anchor during the interview has the journalistic integrity to bring up his past indiscressions as mirror of a public figure whethering an extramariatail scandal. OK, I'll play the game.>

    2)The game from the same guy who just weeks before the election doubled down on his "food stamps president" commnet. Come on!! How do you let Gingrich chastise Romeny and not call him on accusing President Obama of virtually the same thing. Are you kidding me !??! Is this a sick joke at the media's expense?

    'Some' of you guys/girls don't get it. Or maybe you do & we're all caught in this game.

    The reason a multitude of organizations choose to focus on Patraus' record over his indiscrstion is he is one of the few Republicans who who did thier dirt but didn't hypocritically stand in judement of other's like Romney, Gingrich.

    & you would think when they come on air, the public wouldn't be rendered the appearance of disrespect. The " Ok,elections over, since you're no longer running for office, we won't ask you that any more."

    While you ask Gingrich and the likes to commnet on something we're asking of the president. What's that word...Hmm??? Oh yeah accountability...

    Pot > meet skilet. Where is the journalisitc integrity?

    Just saying.. whenever you book your guest, more thought needs to be put into the delivery.There's areason "crossfire" is no longer on the air. Always having an opposing view doesn't make you look neutral, it makes you look like a joke.


    November 19, 2012 at 4:37 am | Reply

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