Robert Draper is not only conniving and calculated, he also has a particular way he get’s his story.
Check out http://tiny.cc/y022x . Here Draper tells how he seduces staffers and would-be political hopefuls into spilling the beans. Catch this, however, once the info is out there it’s just that…out there. It doesn’t make it accurate or even factual. I’d suggest the next time you read Draper consider it a work of fiction until proven otherwise.
Let’s learn how he infiltrated their tribe and got them to reveal all their embarrassing secrets!
Apparently it was by cultivating sources or something?
It helped that I had contacts in the McCain campaign from the previous GQ stories I had done and I had a lot of contacts in Bush world. A lot of those people had gone to work for John McCain. That led to their belief that they’d get fair-handed treatment from me. And we’re talking about The New York Times, with whom they have an adversarial relationship.…I think their calculation was, if they’re ever going to get a fair shake from The New York Times, it’s going to be with Draper.