Rolling Stone writer nails it on Petraeus controversySubmitted by jay0718 on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 22:12
(I'm not a fan of Matt Taibbi, but he's right on the money on this one.)
One Interesting Thing About Paula Broadwell's Petraeus Biography
November 21, 2012
"...All In, for instance, will instantly remind you of Time's notorious 1999 triple-profile of Bob Rubin, Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers, a worshipful front-pager with the classic headline, 'The Committee to Save the World.' Remember that one? That was the piece that started off with the Jay McInerney-style second-person 'You slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder' intro, in which the reader is thrust into the brilliant-but-adventuresome mind of then-Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin as he scans the seas for bonefish from a beach in the Caribbean...."
"...These fawning profiles aren't rare, they're the norm. Take for instance this past summer's lay-off-the-police Newsweek profile of NYPD chief Ray Kelly, who is described by publisher Tina Brown as having a 'pugilist's mug and a lion's heart,' and is shown gamely trying to fend off idiotic accusations of civil rights abuses from naïve New Yorkers who just don't seem to remember 9/11 often enough ('These questions would not surface — and did not surface — in 2002,' Kelly seethes). Then there's the New Yorker's creepy profile of budget director Peter Orszag from a few years ago, which began with a description of poor Jon Stewart cringing before Orszag's tallness and 'bulletproof' resume, and went on to describe Orszag as 'more than just the budget director. He is the unlikely guardian of Obamaism itself.'"
And then there's almost every authorized profile ever done of every president in our lifetime, from HBO's loving take on Bush I ('41') to Bob Woodward's first volume on Bush II (the still-disturbing 'Bush at War') to the now-notorious Vanity Fair Obama spread released just before this past election..."