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Media overdoing Petraeus scandal? Nah

Whenever a good Washington scandal emerges, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz is there to ask his panelists whether the media is making too much of things.

The hubbub over the extramarital affair and resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus gets this classic treatment, as Kurtz spends a nine-minute segment prodding his CNN guests to call the coverage prurient, overdone and overreaching, or some combination thereof. Not much compliance on this front.

“There are excesses,” says commentator Terence Smith. “I don’t dispute that for a minute. But I just wanted to make the point that there is substance in here too. There are serious issues in here too.”

Be it resolved: CIA director plus sex plus Libya scandal plus post-election revelation equal license for media obsession.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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