If you’re CNN, and you have a choice between broadcasting two live events, would you choose A or B?
A: A live briefing with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about student financial aid forms getting simpler.
B: A live press conference featuring a contrarian Republican governor who went missing for a few days, was eventually thought to be hiking the Appalachian Trail, but was actually in Buenos Aires carrying out an affair with an Argentinian.
Needless to say, Duncan’s White House briefing—which CNN was going to carry live—got trumped by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. If you’ll remember, Gov. Sanford had some harsh words for Duncan in the kerfluffle over the state stabilization fund. But from now on, it’s unlikely Duncan will have to put up with any more snippy letters from Sanford, who has much bigger things to worry about.