This Just In: Daily Caller is really reaching for a story in the Petraeus scandal

Remember, here’s the quick summary on the Petraeus scandal. It was later reported that email exchanges between Gen. John Allen and Jill Kelley were NOT “sexually explicit” or “seductive.” Reports indicate that they were pretty “innocuous” and that pet names such as “sweetheart” or “dear” were included in the emails. (Pretty weak sauce by those trying to include Allen in the scandal if you ask me.)

Now, on to the matter at hand. (Admittedly, I just noticed the timestamp on this story was November 14 but I am still blogging about it today.) I first noticed yesterday that The Daily Caller had decided that General Allen’s daughter, Bobbie Allen, was newsworthy because she is “hot.”

Granted, Taylor Bigler probably justified her SEO-whoring by saying this belongs on the Caller’s entertainment pages because Miss Allen is an aspiring singer and songwriter, but it’s still pretty low and a cheap way to try to drive web traffic.

Even if Gen. Allen had been guilty of anything untoward (as the reports indicate, he was NOT) – what exactly about his involvement in the Petraeus scandal makes his daughter fair game to write about? The press generally stays away from uninvolved family members, especially when it comes to Presidents, but I seriously wonder if there’s anything at work here except the link-whoring.

One Marine officer’s wife I know expressed incredulity that this was even a news story and told me how much it “pisses [her] off.”

I think that sums things up nicely about Daily Caller’s attempts to lower itself to Buzzfeed’s standards of coverage of news stories. I’m not sure if this is the environment Tucker Carlson is trying to foster there or if Taylor Bigler is just a hack.



Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is a native South Carolinian who moved to the Baltimore area in 2006. He has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. His work experience includes radio news reporting, web design for government agencies at the state and federal level, and working in social media and communications for a DC public policy organization. Quinton is a military veteran of the Army National Guard (where he served as an intelligence analyst)a nd an Eagle Scout.