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As scandals go, the Gen. David Petraeus affair has been the one that just keeps on giving — an irresistible tale of sex and betrayal at the highest levels of power that trades freely in at least four of the Seven Deadly Sins. Even the media’s coverage of it has managed to get sucked into its scandalous wake.
To wit, the unfortunate choice of the ABC affiliate in Denver, Co., to show on air the cover of Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell’s biography of the general — the just-as-unfortunately titled All In — which someone had hastily pulled off the Internet.
The only problem: The cover had been altered by an anonymous prankster to read, “All Up In My Snatch.”
A magenta-faced station manager has since issued a statement of regret.
“It was a mistake,” said KMGH-TV News Director Jeff Harris. “It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. … We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast. We are following up internally as well to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.”
The mistake was missed by all but one viewer, Harris told Talking Points Memo, but one viewer is all it really takes. The gaffe has since gone viral online.
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