MOSCOW - Russia launched airstrikes yesterday deep inside Georgia and mobilized columns of tanks after Georgian forces embarked on a major offensive to reassert control over South Ossetia, a separatist province. Political leaders on both sides said that war had begun. The United States, an ally of Georgia, and other governments appealed for a cease-fire.This threatens to be a full scale war. Russia's knocked out many of Georgia's tanks; Georgia's shot down several of Russia's planes. Thousands, it's likely, are already dead. Meanwhile, Georgia's pleading to the US to ship their 2,000ish troops out of Iraq to defend their homeland - from a war they kinda, sorta started. None of it is good, but all of it is important for people to read about.
Except, this is what's drowning the story out:
Former North Carolina senator John Edwards, a leading Democratic presidential candidate this year and in 2004 who became one of the party's most influential voices, acknowledged yesterday that he had an extramarital affair with a former campaign aide and had lied about it repeatedly.Stop the presses!
I wish I could blame the Boston Globe on this, but it's a universal phenomenon across the media. Well, the American media. The international press seems to get it.
While a politician cheating on his or her spouse should, in reality, be a non story (so long as it wasn't illegal - a la Spitzer), at the very least the Edwards affair is the third story of the day, behind the newest war and the opening ceremony at the Olympics - one of the most ostentatious events ever (with a $300 million dollar price tag - ten times more expensive than the next most expensive opening ceremony). What is the American media's obsession with political affairs?