John noted the Marty Peretz/Betsy McCaughey connection. Betsy McCaughey’s dishonest smear piece, titled “No Exit” on Hillarycare, published in The New Republic while Sully was editor, was perhaps the lowest moment in the magazine’s history, and that’s saying a great deal. The wiki on Betsy McCaughey is pretty thorough: here’s a summary of her smear of the Clinton health care reform bill and here she is lying about provisions of the stimulus.
Just to give you some notion of how awful McCaughey’s “No Exit” was, here’s James Fallows, calling it a “A Triumph of Misinformation”. Franklin Foer apologized for the piece when he assumed creative control of the magazine in 2006. It’s also fair to say that Sully’s smarmy defense of the piece is one of lowest moments in the history of his blog.
And now McCaughey’s back telling lies about Obama’s health care plan and the Atlantic has assumed the New Republic’s old role of attacking health care reform from a faux high-brow perspective.
Plus ça change.