On a typical day, Paula Broadwell takes a morning jog along leaf covered sidewalks past the Presbyterian church just down the street and around the block. Not any more.
At least not for several days since the news of her affair with CIA Director General David Petraeus became an international scandal.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday night the FBI began an extensive consensual search of Broadwell’s two-story home that lasted more than four hours. For a few brief hours broadcasters had the breaking news they wanted, but by early Tuesday morning they were back to waiting-as-usual, and Broadwell was nowhere to be seen.
The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story is filled with international intrigue, questions of governmental cover-ups and global terrorism all wrapped up in suspicious post-election timing and the added allure of a sexcapade at the highest levels of government.
While journalists ponder whether this is merely a story about a personal relationship between two people, or if it had something to do with the terrorists attacks in
But here’s a question nobody has asked, “What’s going on in
It was almost exactly five years ago when The National Enquirer broke the story of an alleged adulterous affair between Senator John Edwards and former campaign worker Rielle Hunter.
Within nine months, further reports claimed that Edwards had fathered a child with Hunter.
Edwards denied the allegations until January, 2010 when he finally admitted his tryst. Ironically, Hunter lived in
Hit the reverse button to 1987 when The Charlotte Observer completed a relentless pursuit of Jim Bakker, a televangelist who went to prison for selling fraudulent “lifetime memberships” to his PTL (Praist the Lord) faithful.
Bakker siphoned several million dollars for himself, and in the process, paid off staff secretary, Jessica Hahn $279,000 for her silence. Bakker was later accused of meeting Hahn and raping her in a hotel in
On a personal note, I happened to be in
When I turned on my television at seven in the morning to catch up on the news, there was nothing about the pending Turkey/Greece war, but there was, halfway around the world, pictures of a handcuffed, leg-chained Jim Bakker being placed in a police car.
The events of
All of which goes to highlight how small, complex and intertwined the world has become. In a matter of hours a sleepy, an obscure dot on a map can rapidly become embroiled in a major international media controversy.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to
Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries.
Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in
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