What we're reading this week...
November 15th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Cassie Spodak, CNN

Rumors, flirtatious emails, anonymous threats, “suggestive” clothing, it’s like something from a James Bond movie – or a high school dance. The scandal over General Petraeus’ extra-marital affair has embroiled the media this week, but here are some of the other stories we’re talking about:

Obama opens up to the press after 8 months – His last press conference was 2 months before his first campaign rally, way back on March 6th. So what did reporters ask after being given the cold shoulder for more than half a year? The first question from The AP was about Gen. Petraeus, as was a question from NBC News. The rest of the 11 questions (including one shouted out at the end that Obama shrugged off) focused on the fiscal cliff, immigration reform, the attack in Benghazi, climate change, Syria and when Obama might meet with Mitt Romney to talk about ideas for fixing the economy.

‘GIF” gets its moment in the sun – Defined as “a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations” – you’ve probably seen tons of GIF’s before but did you know the term is 25 years old? It literally stands for “graphic interchange format” and it beat out this year’s other competitors such as “superstorm,” “Super PAC” and “YOLO.”

Fantasy football briefly loses its line-upYahoo Sports apologized to fantasy football players for a site outage on NFL Sunday that made it impossible to update lineups. Paul Charchian, president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, didn’t have a lot of sympathy for grumblers. “I would encourage players to remember that this game wasn't always played online,” Charchian said. “It's not the end of the world. They'll fix it.”

Guy Fieri’s “far from awesome” Chicken Tenders – New York Times food critic Pete Wells gave Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant “Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar” zero out of four stars, plus a rating of “POOR” just to get the point across. Some are saying Wells went over the line is his criticism and tone, but he told CNN "If wanting nachos and fries that taste good and don't make you want to avert your eyes makes you an elitist, then I guess I am."

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November 15th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Media, stop stoking Petraeus sex saga

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) - Are the media reveling in the David Petraeus scandal just a bit too much?

The question sort of answers itself.

Journalists are secretly grateful to the former four-star general for rescuing us from six weeks of sober coverage about the fiscal cliff. Not that anyone wants to plunge over the cliff, but daily reports on White House negotiations with John Boehner are no one's idea of a wild time.

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