Letter: But we expect this from our leaders

Last updated 12:00 20/11/2012

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OPINION: Given the acres of newsprint The Dominion Post has expended to publicise the hanky-panky of former CIA chief General David Petraeus, I expected it to explain the significance of the story, but so far there's been nothing.

Haven't your executives asked themselves, so what? Over millennia, the public has become so accustomed to people of whatever chromosome, of numerous political and sexual persuasions, and who hold positions of power engaging in extramarital or extraordinary sexual shenanigans, that we almost expect it.

This story comes from a country in which an elected and married leader, former president Bill Clinton, had a tobacco-fetish- fuelled sexual relationship with an underling young enough to be his daughter, yet the resultant ignominy - if you can call it that - didn't result in any sunlight between his underpants and the seat of power. Now the paper lauds him somewhat.

Where's the story? Are you shaping The Dominion Post to become a gossip-filled supermarket flyer?

IAN BILLING

Seatoun [abridged]

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