The New York Times' Ethicist And The Petwell Affair

Here's a strange media-related wrinkle to the Broadwell/Petraeus scandal -- or maybe not? There's been speculation that a letter written to the New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" column in July could have been written by Scott Broadwell, since it began “My wife is having an affair with a government executive..." We remember reading the column then and being fascinated, especially because "Ethicist" Chuck Klosterman noted that due to the Times' visibility, "I halfway suspect you’re writing this letter because you want specific people to read this column and deduce who is involved and what’s really going on behind closed doors (without actually addressing the conflict in person)."

Anyway, a Times editor has denied that it was Scott Broadwell. And we like Chris O'Shea's response to the whole affair: "Which brings us to a question that maybe Klosterman could address next week: How ethical is it of the media to be obsessed with the details of Petraeus’ affair, but not with the fact that the CIA conducts drone strikes that kill innocent people?"

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