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The best kind of local reporting

November 14, 2012 - Harry Eagar
The Tampa Tribune smothers the local angles of the Petreus story, calling on local knowledge and -- evidently -- lots of footwork.

This story is way weirder than the national press has made it, and that was weird enough. TV miniseries coming up?

This is the kind of local newspaper reporting that Americans are losing as national and international digital methods push daily newspapers off the cliff. Sad thing, most of them don't have any idea of what they are missing.

Nut grafs:

" 'The court fully expects that Ms. Khawam's pattern of misrepresentations about virtually everything, including the most important aspects of her life, will continue indefinitely.'

"She was more than $3 million in debt, records show. She had blown through four jobs in five years and sued a former employer for sex harassment. She had had three failed engagements, left her new husband and moved in with her sister where she quickly began hobnobbing with military brass and others in Tampa's elite circles.

"What moved the top government brass to go to bat for a woman the court said suffers from 'severe' psychological deficits? The answer can be found in Jill Kelley's social climb in the last decade, since she and her surgeon husband moved south from Philadelphia . . . ."

Hostesses with the mostest, sounds like. It makes me wonder about the reliability of the officer evaluations those generals write. RtO has never been a Petreus fan, as documented mostly in book reviews. If he and General Allen couldn't spot the kook factor in the Khawam twins, their judgment should be seriously questioned.

Kha-WHAM! indeed.


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