Please Krauthammer, Don't Hurt 'Em!

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 1, 2009

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Charles Krauthammer rips Andrew Sullivan to ribbons for a post Sullivan wrote misrepresenting Krauthammer’s position on a gas tax (Krauthammer has been in favor of one for decades), and implying that Krauthammer had changed his position in order to get to the right of Barack Obama on the issue. To his credit, Sullivan apologized for the mistake, but really, he ought to know that there are a great many complaints that one can have about his writing. Misrepresenting Charles Krauthammer–even if inadvertently–is just one of a great many punditry sins Sullivan has committed. His blog, once scintillating, has devolved into an online diary of his various obsessions; nowadays, the Daily Dish seems most obsessed with whether Sarah Palin is the mother of Trig, and how Barack Obama can be glorified in ways exciting and new.

Needless to say, Sullivan is entitled to his obsessions, and to write about them however he wishes. He will, I suppose, always have an audience. But he marginalizes himself on a daily basis with hackwork. When will he apologize to the Atlantic for having marginalized it in the process? As Krauthammer writes, “Sullivan’s post merits reading as the quintessential Sullivan, leaping from nonexistent fact to blanket ad hominem without even a pause for a reality check.” Thus the post, thus the blog, and thus the blogger.

  • drivingrain

    I've been a Sullivan blog reader since just after 9/11. Although I disagreed, I had no problem with his Obama endorsement. It's not his left leaning or right leaning views that have driven his descent. It's the manner in which he inexplicably abandoned his core belief system; seemingly for a President that projects an image he approves of.

    The breathless defenses of everything-Obama since the election, the Palin ambulance chasing (Im no Palin fan, but enough already), the Hannity and/or Olberman-like black & white views along party lines, his equally lack of nuanced opinions of Fox News, and his sudden loss of ability to stand up for a libertarian principle most notably on health care & the environment all contribute to make him just another blogger in the blogsphere.

    He used to be an excellent source for a thought provoking opinion based on a set of core principles. Read the last twelve months of his blog and you wouldnt know what those principles are. Every time he has an opportunity to stand up for his beliefs he disappoints. I didnt vote for Ron Paul, but he has been fighting an interesting fight on health care and other issues. Read Sullivan's blog and you'd guess that Paul died sometime in the early fall 2008. It's truly unfortunate and, having read Sullivan's books, the shift is mostly unexplainable.

  • drivingrain

    I've been a Sullivan blog reader since just after 9/11. Although I disagreed, I had no problem with his Obama endorsement. It's not his left leaning or right leaning views that have driven his descent. It's the manner in which he inexplicably abandoned his core belief system; seemingly for a President that projects an image he approves of.

    The breathless defenses of everything-Obama since the election, the Palin ambulance chasing (Im no Palin fan, but enough already), the Hannity and/or Olberman-like black & white views along party lines, his equally lack of nuanced opinions of Fox News, and his sudden loss of ability to stand up for a libertarian principle most notably on health care & the environment all contribute to make him just another blogger in the blogsphere.

    He used to be an excellent source for a thought provoking opinion based on a set of core principles. Read the last twelve months of his blog and you wouldnt know what those principles are. Every time he has an opportunity to stand up for his beliefs he disappoints. I didnt vote for Ron Paul, but he has been fighting an interesting fight on health care and other issues. Read Sullivan's blog and you'd guess that Paul died sometime in the early fall 2008. It's truly unfortunate and, having read Sullivan's books, the shift is mostly unexplainable.

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