You would think that at some point political/governmental figures would figure out that keeping their private areas private would be a really wise move. Unfortunately, it often seems like they figure they are too cool for school, too clever to be caught and that the rules don't apply to them.
CIA director David Petraeus became former CIA director David Petraeus over the weekend, after it became public that the married Petraeus had an affair with his biographer. This led to Petraeus resigning his position and tarnishing the legacy that had turned him into arguably the most-respected American general in a generation - a nice Veteran's Day present to anyone who had ever served under him and respected the man (I served under him in Iraq).
Cable news has been all over the incident. Here are some excerpts from how the networks have covered the story.
“This is very painful,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said. “The personal and human drama here, the tragedy here of a life of public service and a life of valor, which has been cut short by his personal transgression, is pretty emotional and dramatic stuff.” She added: “I think there will be people questioning the Benghazi situation, but I think this has been put out in excruciating detail to try to say this was not about Benghazi.”
“This man was almost at the General [Douglas] Macarthur level a few years ago. People were talking about him coming in and being the Republican candidate for president,” said MSNBC's Chris Matthews. “This is a big fall down from where he was in our national estimate.”
CNN's Erin Burnett believed that Petraeus was a man “who walked the walked and talked the talk.” She expressed shock by the action, while her colleague Frances Fragos Townsend believes the timing has nothing to do with his upcoming testimony on Benghazi.
“He’s taking personal responsibility. I think he’s holding himself accountable. There is of course the question of timing. Why now? How long has the investigation been going on,” she said.
Fox News' Bret Baier called it "(a story) virtually no one saw coming." On the O'Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham found it interesting the timing - just after the presidential election and before Petraeus was to testify. Fox News' Jennifer Griffin said “The timing of this is very suspicious in terms of the fact that he will no longer have to testify before the House and Senate intel committees. He’s choosing not to. There were going to be some heated discussions and questions from members of Capitol Hill who were frustrated by his previous responses about the Benghazi attacks …. The Senate and the House committees do have subpoena power and they could subpoena him.”
Expect the networks to continue on with the story, as it appears to have more depth than originally believed.