No, it's not all gossip, although I don't subscribe so maybe I'm not the best person to offer an assessment.
Had to sneak a look at my dad's computer to find out about Paula Broadwell. She dressed up to hand out Halloween candy, lit candles for dinner with her family and has a fun relationship with her husband. I used to really like the Home and Garden section, as well as the Sunday review. I also used to keep a scrapbook of "erased" Times articles on the Iraq war, when I got a weekday subscription to the paper edition through my university's bookstore. $15 isn't so bad, but that's my latte budget for the month, so that I can sit in a nice daylit place to study and stay awake on my horrendous Tuesday. I had been getting by with my 10 articles but then there was the election, Loughner sentencing and the head of the CIA announcing that he'd had an affair all in one week.
Americans sure love a good high-profile extramarital affair. The media pounces on that sort of thing like an alligator clamping shut on its prey and never letting go. Instantly we begin obsessively picking apart these strangers' lives. Personally I could care less and I don't see why he needed to step down. I fail to see how submitting to one of the most common human weaknesses reflects on his competence as CIA director. He's a human, not a machine. People cheat on each other every day. Big deal. We should probably all be in open relationships so that more newspaper column space would open up for real news.
There's something hypocritical about the way people who have affairs are shamed yet dissected in minute detail. I don't know why he had to step down either. On the positive side, it looks like both of the marriages are hanging on.
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