Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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And he wasn't even that good a P.O.W.

A cover story by Tim Dickinson in the new Rolling Stone buries John McCain with a profile that achieves the unimaginable. It makes me feel sorry for him.

And he wasn't even that good a P.O.W.

A cover story by Tim Dickinson in the new Rolling Stone buries John McCain with a profile that achieves the unimaginable. It makes me feel sorry for him.

It's a brutal portrait of a serial louse - a detailed shiv job that shows the Republican presidential nominee to be a spoiled rascal who ditched three jets, one crippled wife and all of his ethical stands to keep climbing after the one command that would top those of his father and grandfather.

I can't attest to the quality of the reporting, but I would have liked to have read something positive about him in all those words. It goes as far as saying he was tortured for only two years in Hanoi. Only.

It's a far cry from this 2000 profile of McCain in Rolling Stone, by the late David Foster Wallace, who might have nailed the bigger picture in his classic piece, which began by asking if anyone who read the rock and roll magazine would actually vote. 

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Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

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