Sullivan Consistency Watch
posted at 2:12 pm on June 30, 2010 by Slublog
In this morning’s “Morning Jolt,” Jim Geraghty of NRO asked a question that I’ve been wondering lately: “Are you starting to get the feeling Andrew Breitbart clanks when he walks?” Geraghty is referring to Breitbart’s offer to Journolist members:
I’ve had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I’d really like to spend it on a worthy cause. So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public a unique insight in the workings of the Democrat-Media Complex, I’m offering $100,000 for the full “JournoList” archive, source fully protected. Now there’s an offer somebody can’t refuse.
Earlier today, on his Twitter feed, Breitbart revealed that his offer offended the sensibilities of Andrew Sullivan. In a post entitled, “Politics as Total War,” Sullivan wrote some unintentionally hilarious commentary:
When Andrew Breitbart offers $100,000 for a private email list-serv archive, essentially all bets are off. Every blogger or writer who has ever offered an opinion is now on warning: your opponents will not just argue against you, they will do all they can to ransack your private life, cull your email in-tray, and use whatever material they have to unleash the moronic hounds of today’s right-wing base…This is what the right now is: no solutions, just anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.
I know Sullivan’s writing is a target-rich environment, but this is just remarkable hypocrisy from a man who regularly uses his platform at The Atlantic to demonize those with whom he disagrees. His concern over one’s private life and email accounts must be a newly minted opinion. After all, during the 2008 presidential campaign and after, Sullivan wrote post after post after post after post after post in which he referenced things Sarah Palin had written in emails. Since Sullivan and Palin are probably not in regular email contact with one another, it’s safe to assume Sullivan repeatedly quoted email that Palin wrote in confidence.
Sullivan also made quite a name for himself “ransacking the private life” of Palin in his truly bizarre obsession with the former VP candidate’s uterus. A search of Sullivan’s site for mentions of “Trig” yields 668 results. At least one of the posts compliments Palin on her decision to keep the child. Many others, however, are Sullivan engaging in a campaign to prove to his readers that Palin is not Trig’s real mother. This fixation led to posts in which he scrutinized anecdotes and pictures in an attempt to prove Palin was lying. He repeatedly called the birth story into question and demanded transparency from the McCain campaign. He even questioned whether we were still a democracy because, after all, no one in the press had asked about the delivery story.
In his response to Breitbart, Sullivan bemoaned the right’s “anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.” Perhaps he should do a little more introspection of his own anger, paranoia, insecurity*, and partisan hatred.
*Although his “comments of the day” could fall into this category, delving into it too much seemed a bit overly personal.