Okay, since nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room, I will be the dope and get all the criticism and mention it. (This is the best part of being over sixty years of age.) If the national news media, with a straight face, can tell us that the CIA director, General Petraeus, had to resign because he was having an extramarital affair, why didn’t they say the same about President Bill Clinton when he was having an extramarital affair?
A.) Because the television executives personally liked Bill Clinton and didn’t want to hurt his feelings and be embarrassed at cocktail parties?
B.) Because they liked his political policies and were afraid they would be setback?
C.) Because they knew about Bill Clinton’s proclivities and were prepared to finesse them if they surfaced but were caught off guard by General Petraeus and so had to report it straight?
D.) Because the president is the boss and what he does in his spare time is his own business?
As far as that goes, if the media is serious about this Petraeus story then why isn’t Bill Clinton being cut out of the daily intelligence briefings even now? As a former president he still gets them. As NBC News explained to us on Sunday, such knowledge could have made Petraeus vulnerable, subject to blackmail, and so he had to go.
Well, you say, is there evidence that Bill Clinton is still being indiscreet? Well, let’s see. Everybody who is now reading this blog who personally knows of someone who claims to have had a one night stand with Bill Clinton please raise you hands. Ahaaa. There you go. You can put your hands down now.
I’ll put it this way, if a sheltered, modest, born again Christian, like myself knows someone, then odds are Scott Pelly, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams do too. (Well, maybe not Brian Williams.) So how can the news anchors sit there with straight faces and quote poor Petraeus’s line to his best friend, “I messed up.”
Okay. Let’s be fair. If he “messed up” then who else messed up? Have Pelly, Sawyer or Williams had affairs? Have the producers, the writers, the executives at the news agencies? Who else in the CIA? Who on the Senate Intelligence Committee? Shouldn’t every US Senator and Congressman and member of the White House staff now be rushed into a surprise polygraph test? This is serious folks. They could be blackmailed.
Bt the way. On the same night that the news reported to us that the head of the CIA has been indiscreet, it also announced a new James Bond movie. Now James Bond, now there was a spy that nobody could blackmail for being indiscreet.