Even if one does not wash one still needs to dry. For that I use paper towels. I buy paper towels specifically for cooking because they can be disposed of. I get a bit irate when they are misused for general cleaning.True, a large bird would be worse.
But what's the object of washing raw meat in the first place? It achieves nothing, except to add surplus water you don't want. And if you dry it with a cloth, you then have a contaminated cloth to deal with? Brilliant, eh?! I suspect people just feel it needs to be "clean" before being cooked. But it makes no rational sense and is counterproductive in several ways. (I do sometimes wash fish, if they have been gutted, just to get any leftover blood, slime and guts out. But they are a lot smaller and I do that carefully, deep down in the sink to avoid splashes. And in any case, you don't tend to get pathogenic bacteria in fish, the way you do in poultry.)
And yes, poultry can be hazardous. That is why I take my turkey into the shower with me. We both get clean at the same time