Goldfarb explains:

[The McCain campaign] assured me that they were looking for someone to attack the press... I was a cudgel. I pissed off the media. They were furious about it. That was the effect the campaign was looking for.

Goldberg unpacks:

if The New Yorker is to Sarah Palin what Jane Goodall is to ape-fucking, then The New Yorker obviously did a fine job covering the campaign.

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