Commenter Carbon Dated sent in this all-encompassing Sully smackdown, detailing his greatest hits (like being in bed with the smoking lobby, printing a pack of lies to help put a torpedo into Hillarycare). I thought this little snippet was telling:
Even after his own magazine recanted the article, in 2007, Sullivan, while admitting “I was aware of the piece’s flaws but nonetheless was comfortable running it as a provocation,” defended his failure, and the catastrophic conseconsequences to millions of Americans, with all the aggressive conviction of a sociopath:
I think the magazine’s refusal to be mau-maued by the Clintons at the time – and Hillary was threatening blue murder against anyone who so much as dared to criticize her – is a feather in the magazine’s cap. We weren’t “out to get the Clintons.” Some of us – well, two of us – were merely worried that America’s excellent private healthcare system would be hobbled by too much government regulation. I am glad we helped head off the Clinton-Magaziner behemoth. Proud, actually.
Justifying his fuckups as “provocations” is weak sauce, and it’s part of the reason I’ve sworn the guy off.