Jill and Scott Kelley in The Washington Post on privacy and Petraeus At this point, it's easy to forget how obsessed the news cycle was with the Petraeus scandal back in November. But Jill Kelley hasn't forgotten. As one of the women swept up in General Petraeus' extramarital affairs, she is continuing to speak out this week, now insisting that she was hounded constantly online by Paula Broadwell and members of the media hungry for a juicy scoop. "Our story stands as a cautionary tale," Kelley and her husband write in today's Washington Post. "We have experienced how careless handling of our information by law enforcement and irresponsible news headlines endanger citizens’ privacy. We know our lives will never be the same, and we want to prevent others from having their privacy invaded merely for reporting abusive, potentially criminal, behavior. That is why we believe Congress must consider how the rights that we carefully safeguard in other forms deserve equal protection in this age of digital communication."
Mark Bittman in The New York Times on Coke's obesity awareness ads Just like soda drinkers didn't buy "new Coke" back in the '80s, Mark Bittman isn't buying Coke's new obesity awareness ads. With more people conscious of the role soda plays in the obesity epidemic, Coke "struck back with a two-minute video whose ostensible message is that too many calories will make you fat (true), that those in Coke are no worse than any others (false), and that we’re all in this together (ridiculous)," Bittman writes. "The beverage companies see the writing on the wall and will lobby, cajole, beg, plead, propagandize, lie, spend and do anything else they have to do to prevent that regulation, just as the tobacco companies did. And chances are, in time, they’ll also accept regulation in the United States while aggressively increasing their marketing efforts overseas. But that won’t work either, because the word is out: Coke is not part of the solution. It’s a big part of the problem."