That simple fact rang true throughout the election cycle. When the media had a chance to cover Benghazi originally -- when the administration lied day after day about a YouTube video being responsible for a terrorist attack and obfuscated the on-the-ground timeline -- the media ignored the story completely. Instead, they covered the ill-articulated comments of Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Earlier in the election cycle, the media ignored President Obama's attempt to stifle the religious freedoms of Catholics in favor of hubbub about Sandra "Pay For My Condoms" Fluke.
The media wanted to watch Mitt Romney burn, of course, and honed in on stories designed to emphasize his supposed sexism. But there's more to it than that. The media is comprised of Baby Boomers and their kids. The Boomers were obsessed with sex in the 1960s -- that's why they tried to tear down all the major institutions of American life, some for good and some for ill. Today, the Boomers justify all sexual behavior as normal; they brought their children up to do the same.
Despite their live and let-live politics, though, the Baby Boomers and their kids still evidence a bizarre fascination with sex. That's why they obsess about abortion and same-sex marriage. It's why they were taken in by the Obama lie that Republicans would bar birth control. Sexual politics aren't everything to the left-leaning Baby Boomers and their offspring; they're the only thing.
So Benghazi doesn't matter. But Petraeus' sex habits do, even if we're supposed to laugh at them and then claim they're none of our business. The schizophrenia here boggles the mind.
But psychological dissonance never bothers the Baby Boomers and their kids. They've been living with it for too long. So the prurient will continue to beat the virtuous, both in media coverage and in elections.