These Posts Are Writing Themselves Now

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 5, 2011

Quoth Andrew Sullivan:

. . . If journalists spent more time getting information rather than preening about which information should be dispersed, we’d have fewer conspiracy theories, not more.

It’s worth noting that as of this writing, this observation is still not being applied in order to demand the release of photos proving Osama bin Laden’s death. Again, I believe that bin Laden is dead, and take the Obama Administration at its word, but according to Sullivan, we do want to have “fewer conspiracy theories” circulating. Why not ask for the release of the photos, so that perhaps we will have fewer nuts going around for the next few years claiming that Osama bin Laden is alive and well in Hot Springs, Arkansas?

And then there is this:

And by the way, a note about the current press’s disdain for pursuing conspiracy theories. What was Watergate at the beginning of the Washington Post’s inquiries – if not a conspiracy theory? There was a conspiracy. And journalism did what it is supposed to do: expose it.

So where are Palin’s medical records?

Shorter Andrew Sullivan: “Sarah Palin should release her medical records because Watergate happened. Barack Obama does not have to release photos proving Osama bin Laden’s death, even though Watergate happened.”

“World’s Best Blogger?” No. Not by a long shot.

  • Jack Arnold

    President Obama: “We don’t need to spike the football.” “I want to thank the brave personnel who helped get me here.” “Now watch me do my victory dance.”

    (With apologies to Monty Python)

    Brave Obama, Obama,

    He got in 9 holes on the day

    The Navy Seals blew Osama away,

    He then remarked it was his idea,

    He instructed, He determined, and he made the sale,

    In golf attire, as the Media sighed,

    Blades of grass so sharp, he almost died,

    Obama, Obama, Brave Obama,

    Brave, Obama, Obama,

    With steely eye, he faced the flash,

    Of photographs so clearly staged,

    With cold resolve, he watched and tisked,

    As better men took actual risks,

    Obama, Brave Obama

    Posts about Sullivan aren’t the only things writing themselves.

    • Anonymous

      Outstanding. Nice poem.

  • Cbpelto

    TO: All

    RE: The Sully Quote

    Very good. For once.



    [Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.]

  • Anonymous

    An infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of keyboards and almost all of them would be more coherent than “Excitable Andy.”

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we add to the conspiracy theory. The government should start leaking that they didn’t kill UBL, but have captured him and have taken him to an undisclosed location. And they are interrogating him. They could claim he’s singing like a canary. Get a look-a-like to pose for pictures.

  • Anonymous

    This all begs the question: Why bother anymore?

  • Anonymous

    This all begs the question: Why bother anymore?

  • Anonymous

    “So where are Palin’s medical records?”

    It’s none of your god damn business where they are, Andrew. She’s a private citizen and it means nothing to the functioning of our government.

    On the other hand, a ten year manhunt for a wanted killer who destroyed 3,000 American lives and cost hundreds of millions of dollars is our national business. There ought to be an overwhelming clamor for transparency on that one since we are all directly, directly affected.

    • Anonymous

      Well, that and the fact that the American taxpayer paid tens of millions of dollars to hunt the bastard down. Personally, I’d like the satisfaction of seeing what my money bought.

  • spool32

    No position taken by Sullivan can be used to criticize a position taken by Sullivan. It’s the First Law of Sullyblogging – Andrew’s opinions are always correct, therefore all inconsistencies are a result of reader error.

    • pater2five

      A conceited reasoner believes his or her beliefs are never inaccurate. A conceited reasoner will necessariliy lapse into inaccuracy.

      That describes Sully completely. The most preening self absorbed fool on the internet. He thinks his beauty justifies perversion. His perversion justifies calling others ugly. A very sad story indeed.

      • Nobody

        Does he still write his own stuff?

  • Anonymous

    I would prefer that the pics were out, but the Military doesn’t want them out. I am not risking my life over there right now, and I defer to those who are on what is a close call.

    The point is moot anyway. Al Qaeda has acknowledge his death.

    The reason Sully wants here medical records is the hope that they will show an abnormal pap smear, reasonably good evidence that somebody is messing around. What a goon he is.

  • Anonymous

    Obama 1981 – Pakistan
    Osama 1981 – Pakistan

    Coincidence? I think not.

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      Um, who cares? And if we do care, try this on for size: Obama: Lived in Chicago. Me: Live in Chicago at the same time Obama did. Start up the conspiracy theories!

      • Anonymous

        Just curious. As Andy said: “If journalists spent more time getting information rather than preening about which information should be dispersed, we’d have fewer conspiracy theories, not more.”

        If we only knew why Obama went to Pakistan in 1981, how he traveled, on what passport, under which name and who he met, it might dampen the conspiracy theories.

      • Anonymous

        Only that we never appear to see Barack Obama and Pejman Yousefzadeh in the same room at the same time.

        Coincidence? YOU BE THE JUDGE!

  • Stealth President

    I have no interest in Ms. Palin’s records. She’s not in office. How about calling for disclosure of Mr. Obama’s records? He is an office holder as I recall although he remains a man of mystery.

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      He already released his records, and they revealed what just about everyone already knew; that he was a citizen of the United States since birth.

      • Crawford

        His medical records? How about his college transcripts?

        • Pejman Yousefzadeh

          Fine, but if he were in the pink of health, and got straight A’s, would that
          change your opinion of him?

          • Tclone

            And if the moon were made of green cheese, there would be alot of mice up there. WTF

            Are we not entitled to this information on a man who has “volunteered” to be our commander in chief.

          • Pejman Yousefzadeh

            I didn’t dispute whether we are. I did ask whether it would change the opinions of any critics–myself included–if we found out that the President was in the pink of health, and got straight A’s. In any event, this all seems beside the point of this post, which is about Sullivan’s inconsistencies, and not the President’s records, so I won’t further contribute to threadjacking my own thread.

          • 5ftflirt

            It’s not hijacking, it’s about evidence, which is the topic of the post.

            The president of the US, the Leader of the Free World, has sealed important records relating to his life and views. Yes we should see them for that reason. Whether he got straight As isn’t the issue. Why has he sealed them when no other candidate has?

          • Pejman Yousefzadeh

            Actually, having written this post, I happen to know what it is about. It’s
            about the inconsistencies in Andrew Sullivan’s “thought.” If you believe the
            President ought to release his health and educational records, that’s fine
            with me, but it is not the subject of this thread.

          • richard40

            Perhaps you could point out the Sullivan inconsistency that he calls for Palin, a non office holder, to release her medical records, yet does NOT call for Obama, prez, to release his medical and college records.

          • Pejman Yousefzadeh

            That is indeed an inconsistency. Which we should focus on in terms of
            pointing out the larger failings of Sullivan’s thought process.
            Additionally, I have pointed out the inconsistency of calling for Palin to
            release medical records, while failing to call for the Obama Administration
            to release pictures showing that bin Laden is dead. But again, Sullivan’s
            inconsistencies, and not the President’s alleged shortcomings are the
            subject of this thread.

          • Chsw

            I do not care about Obama’s grades in college. I care about who paid for his education (although I suspect he received needs -based grants) and, most of all, what extra-curricular activities he did and what groups he joined. I wonder if we are being governed by a Spart.

          • Anonymous

            We should be so lucky. Every Spartacist that I know outed themselves as a follower of Uncle Leon. The other Sparts went off and joined PNAC and now write for Commentary.

            Old University of Chicago joke:

            Q: “How many Spartacists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”

            A: “100. One to screw in the bulb, and 99 to shout, ‘Smash Darkness!’”

          • A K

            Yes, it would change my opinion of him, at least in one respect: I don’t think Obama is nearly as smart as his fans insist that he is. I don’t care that much, because I don’t demand that the president be Mr. Spock. But as long as we’re going to be flogged with the idea that the president is always the smartest guy in the room, I want to see some evidence of that.

  • Scot

    Heh. You really don’t have to get up very early in the morning to make people like Andrew Sullivan and Paul Krugman beclown themselves.

  • Anonymous

    ” World’s Best Blogger?” We already knew Sullivan as a joke. Now, Harvard adds itself to the list.

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  • alankh

    I believe that Osama is dead because I trust the United States Navy as a reputable news source. The Navy was directly involve in decommissioning Osama and interring his body.

    But I’m an American. I am literate. I have access to a free press. Much of the world lacks one or both advantages, and thus has no basis to form educated opinions about a foreign head of state’s claims. When the United States engages in a military action that has global consequences, it has a responsibility to prove that the action actually occurred, in terms that the world can comprehend.

    When someone dies in a car wreck, they bring in a relative to identify the body. Obama should have brought in a host of foreign leaders (including hostile ones), Saudi officials, and unindicted bin Laden relatives to identify Osama’s corpse.

  • Anonymous

    So, can we call the question of Trig’s parenthood ‘Broken-water-gate’?

    • Sarah

      OMG. I just snarfed a beverage through my nose. Crystal light through the nostrils hurts!

      And speaking as a woman whose water was broken for SEVEN WEEKS AND THREE DAYS, Andrew Sullivan doesn’t know jack about birthin’ babies.

  • jmc

    Is it really a “conspiracy theory” if only one guy (who has no actual knowledge about the workings of the female reproductive system) believes it?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, for like Whitman: ”
      Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”


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