How the Petraeus Scandal Played Out on the Front Pages of NYC’s Tabloids

The headline writers at New York City’s tabloids are great artisans and sex scandals are often the inspiration for their finest masterpieces. Therefore, it should come as no surprise the ongoing saga over former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair engulfed an increasing number of outside players, it also yielded a bounty of especially hilarious tabloid headlines. While more staid publications like The New York Times have gone with headlines like “Petraeus Steps Down as CIA Chief, Saying He Had Affair,” this has been the New York Daily News and New York Post’s time to shine.

Click through our slideshow for a collection of their work.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal

paula and petraeus <em>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit</em> Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal
David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. (Photo: PaulaBroadwell.com)

Writers who craft the infamous “ripped from the headlines” plots on Law & Order: SVU are apparently having trouble keeping up with the ongoing scandal over former CIA Director and retired general David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer. Now that the story has grown to include another general and an FBI agent accused of sending shirtless pictures of himself to a woman the man in charge of the sex crimes-focused cop show sent a tweet begging for mercy. He also threw in Sesame Street muppet Elmo, who had a sex scandal of his own break this week.

“Memo to:FBI/CIA/NATO/SesameStreet From:SVU Writers’ Room–Please slow it down, we’re having a hard time getting this all down,” wrote SVU showrunner Warren Leight this morning. Continue reading Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal”