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The Fawning Media Profiles of McCain Have Only Just Begun

McCain the Maverick has long ago been replaced by McCain the Pandering Pawn of the Party's Right Wing, the press refuses to believe its own eyes.
Arianna has a few words about the latest John McCain flufferama in the New Yorker:
Despite an avalanche of evidence showing that McCain the Maverick has long ago been replaced by McCain the Pandering Pawn of the Party's Right Wing, the press refuses to believe its own eyes.
The latest demonstration of the enormous lag time between the presentation of a new reality and the media's willingness to update the conventional wisdom comes via those bastions of the traditional media, The New Yorker and the New York Times.
The latest New Yorker features a loving 7,000+ word profile of McCain by Ryan Lizza that portrays him as a moderate who has "the rare opportunity to reinvent what it means to be a Republican."
Let's see, McCain has bowed to the party's lunatic fringe on tax cuts, immigration, the intolerance of religious bigots, and torture... so exactly how is he reinventing what it means to be a Republican? By shortening the amount of time it takes before a candidate is hijacked by the Right, perhaps?
Lizza has a history of codpiece devotion. His article on The Invasion of the Alpha Male Democrat was a real winner, which Factesque summarized quite succinctly: "Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emmuel make Lizza's nipples hard and they know how to find Manly Men." Shakes was equally impressed: "I can't tell you how pleased I am to know that the Democratic Party planned a strategy predicated on not asking women to run."

And then there's this fine moment in Lizza punditry, on the occasion of Russ Feingold's move to censure Bush for eavesdropping on Americans without a warrant:
Jane Hamsher is the founder of FireDogLake. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect.