It is more than a little disingenuous for Andrew Sullivan to claim that he “never stated anything about Palin’s pregnancy and took her at her word” that she is the mother of Trig Palin. As stated in the first comment to the story:
Sullivan’s attitude is too cheap for words. It’s clear he has never heard of the literary facility of “implication” . How stupid can you get to hide behind it. This person should be in a freshman english class in…high school.
Sullivan’s obsession with Palin makes Ahab himself look sane and reasonable. I mean, read this:
This is only the second time in its nearly ten-year history that the Dish has gone silent. The reason now is the same as the reason then. When dealing with a delusional fantasist like Sarah Palin, it takes time to absorb and make sense of the various competing narratives that she tells about her life. There are so many fabrications and delusions in the book, mixed in with facts, that just making sense of it – and comparing it with objective reality as we know it, and the subjective reality she has previously provided – is a bewildering task. She is a deeply disturbed person which makes this work of fiction and fact all the more challenging to read.
Three sentences later, we get this:
We want to be fair to her, and to her family, and to the innocent people she has brought into the spotlight.
Aha! So Palin is a “delusional fantasist,” she is peddling “fabrications and delusions,” and she is a “deeply disturbed person” who produced a “work of fiction,” but fear not! Sullivan wants “to be fair to her, and to her family.”
Isn’t the Atlantic embarrassed by now about its association with Andrew Sullivan, who has clearly gone off the rails? Isn’t it time to save what little is left of the prestige of the magazine by firing him? And I write this as a decidedly non-Palin fan; indeed, the two of them deserve one another.
I give you again the definitive biography of Andrew Sullivan.
UPDATE: Ace comments as only Ace can.