Last night Washington journalists waited on pins and needles for WaPo Local Editor Vernon Loeb‘s first-person account on writing the obviously authorized biography on General David Petraeus with alleged mistress Paula Broadwell. Finally around 7:30 p.m. it appeared and is published in today’s Style Section. Not surprisingly, Broadwell never responded to Loeb’s request for comment.
Why should you read the story that basically says Loeb had no earthly idea buxom Broadwell was shacking up with Petraeus?
1. The opening line, which essentially spells out the primary conclusion of his piece: “My wife says I’m the most clueless person in America.” Nice, catchy, draws you in, and it might as well end there.
2. But no, the cluelessness persists…“So when the news broke Friday that Petraeus was resigning in disgrace because of an adulterous affair, I was dumbfounded,” he writes, saying he gave her the benefit of the doubt until a few hours passed and the world learned that the alleged mistress was indeed Broadwell.
3. Loeb peculiarly refers to himself as a “ghostwriter.” But clearly his identity is revealed — he’s no ghost, although he might as well have been for how little he knew about the affair.
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