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  •  Hunter: you're wrong. (0+ / 0-)

    Much as I wish you were right! :-)

    This story shouldn't dominate the news, at least if you look at it from a public-interest, what's good for the country, perspective.

    But that's not how media works, and the fault is not with MSM or the Washington media establishment.

    This story has legs and will last because the public (the average reader) clicks on links about it, or stays glued to the tube or airwaves when it is covered.

    Perhaps strong journalist editors could once have over-ruled the demand from viewers/readers/listeners and focused on more important and stately matters.

    I'm ambivalent as to whether or not that would be a good thing.

    Right from the start of the internet, media (and blogs) very quickly figured out that counting how many times a story is accessed is a good way to assess what the public wants to read.

    Stories sell about Petraeus, Broadwell (what a James Bondian name for a female protagonist, right in there with Holly Goodhead), Kelley, her FBI suitor, etc, because the average person is interested in power and sex and the two combined, especially when cloaked in would-be secrecy and secret-spy stuff. *shrug* Maybe people 'shouldn't' be. But they are.

    Readers also like humor. And glam/glamour.

    Those three things -- sex, glamor and humor -- go a long way in explaining the success and influence of Drudge's site. Liberal media seemed slow to catch on to this, remaining very earnest, sincere, well-meaning, dowdy, frumpy, and somewhat dull-witted.

    If it's not going to go away anytime soon, it's because the Washington media establishment treats each and every sex scandal as if it were the most importantest thing ever...
    •  You miss one thing that the lowly consumers of (1+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight

      media out in reality land love and that is watching the high and the mighty fall low.  Makes them real again and not the gods of myth that they are sold to us as.  David Petraeus, just another guy with a..... well, I 'll leave it there.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:33:49 AM PST

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      •  yep: sex, power, and the collapse thereof (0+ / 0-)

        I guess Hunter is too (self-)important to respond? ;-)

        (Wait, wait, don't tell me: he's just too busy.)

        the average person is interested in power and sex and the two combined
        It's a small point, and the overall story should have little to do with making America (and the world) a better place. Except that progressives need to catch up to the reality, if we're truly a reality-based community, that people are human, fallible, and interested in such fallings from grace.

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