Creator of The Wire, David Simon on Petraeus and the media's obsession with sex


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As viewers of season 5 of The Wire will recall, David Simon, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, has as much to say about the media as he does about the drugs trade.

He's written for Salon today on what the salacious, but otherwise unimportant story, of the ex-CIA chief's infidelities reveals about the downfall of proper journalism.

"This is just sex," writes Simon. "This is nothing more than the odd, notable penis, or the odd, notable vagina staggering off the marked path and rubbing against the wrong tree. This is just people."