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Post Local Editor Not Talking About Petraeus Biography

Update, 4:15 p.m.: Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reports that Loeb is writing a first-person piece for the Style section that is expected to run in tomorrow's paper.

What is it with Washington Post local editor Vernon Loeb and national-security hagiographies? In 2003, he co-wrote the story that made soldier Jessica Lynch a hero—until it collapsed, leaving the Post ombudsman to slam it as "based on pretty flimsy sourcing." Now he's become a bit player the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus: Along with alleged Petraeus mistress Paula Broadwell, Loeb is the co-author of a glowing biography of the former general.

For his part, Loeb isn't talking. While he briefly told the Los Angeles Times that he didn't know whether Broadwell had a relationship with Petraeus, he declined to comment to the Huffington Post. I called Loeb to talk about Broadwell and the book, titled All In, but he hasn't responded.

This week is already shaping up to be a tough one for Loeb. In addition to the Petraeus scandal, Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton slammed the local coverage that Loeb oversees. But there could be a silver lining for the editor: The book, once hovering around 126,000 in Amazon's book sales rankings, has shot up to nearly the 100th top spot.

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  • biggest

    ITs the coverup.

    This woman flown around the world on teh TAX PAYERS DIME.

    Thats not right.

    why not a lover for every troop.

    this book was an idea AFTER the affair started. It was a bullet proof cover for Patreaus to keep his mistress on tap.

    THATS WRONG.

    Its called TRAVELGATE.

    Its the spending of tax payers money for an affair.

  • Italian Pizza

    General Petraeus, don't you mean private Petraeus?

  • Talc

    I thought Loeb left the Post for the LA Times. Is he back?

    Is this the same Vernon Loeb who in 2004 said:

    "First of all, I think we're going to find some (WMD). My belief--and maybe I've been spending too much time over at the Pentagon--is that they're well hidden, and thus it will take a while to find them. If we don't, I'm not sure it matters all that much. I'm not sure it's possible to make the Arab world hate the U.S. any more than it already does. Most Americans, I believe, could care less about this issue. And the Bush administration, if no WMD are found, will simply say, Iraq moved them all to Syria, and we're glad to be rid of this regime, and its links to terrorism, in any event."

    YEA Vernon Loeb! Goooo....cheerleading!

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