This. This is what happens when you take things from the Internet without doing a little research first.
No, ABC Denver, David Petraeus’ biography is not called All Up in My Snatch. That would be incredible, like Jerry Sandusky’s book, Touched. But that title is real. Petraeus’ biography is called All In. Which is still a little funny, because Paula Broadwell wrote it.
“A reader just sent me something that I didn’t believe,” writes John Aravosis at AmericaBlog. “Then he sent me a photo. Then he sent me a video. Then I found a comment on ABC Denver’s Web site from another viewer who saw the same thing. So now I’m printing it.”
Here’s that video:
There’s a critical argument in this about the decline of fact-checking and journalistic integrity, television and other traditional news losing ground to the Web, censors’ declining standards … But really, it just serves to highlight how bizarre and ridiculous and captivating the David Petraeus scandal is.
It’s just been one “holy shit!” advancement after another: the four-star Army general’s affair with biographer Paula Broadwell; the whistleblower, Jill Kelley; the FBI agent who sent shirtless pics to Kelley; the dirty emails between Kelley and John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; this amazing New York Post cover … and the story’s far from over. (Lots more info on Petraeus here.)
UPDATE: Station manager Jeff Harris said, “It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. 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.”