Taiwanese animators take on Petraeus affair

When a political scandal hits, you know it's only a matter of time until the folks at Next Media Animation put their signature spin on it. Things to look out for in NMA's account of David Petraeus's resignation: the portraits of Lenin and Marx in Obama's Oval Office, the liberal use of quotation marks ("long runs," "bounce ideas off him"), and the nod to the latest conspiracy theories about the former CIA chief's planned testimony on the Benghazi attack (Obama, as Dr. Evil, drops Petraeus into a fire pit with the press of a red button, as Hillary Clinton looks on). 

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What misspellers of Petraeus have to say about the scandal

If there's one fact about the sex scandal surrounding David Petraeus that we can report with certainty, it's this: Petraeus is a really hard name to spell.

Since the news about the former CIA chief's extramarital affair broke on Friday, respected news outlets, prominent media personalities, and even a former chairman of the House's intelligence committee have butchered his last name (Petraeus once explained that people started calling him "Peaches" because his last name was too difficult to pronounce during Little League games).

But the misspellings may tell us more than just who bothered to Google, Wikipedia, or copy-and-paste the general's name. Indeed, they may provide a window into the conspiracy theories that have sprouted around the scandal in recent days. As AFP's Dave Clark tweeted today, "Conspiracy fans: Save time and outrage by discounting any theories touted by folk who can't spell Petraeus."

Were you to ignore Clark's advice and actively seek out the opinions of folk who can't spell Petraeus, here's some of what you might find:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, search for the correct spelling and you're bound to come across some conspiracy theories as well.