February 19, 2005

All You Really Need to Know About the LefTogs' Jeff Gannon Scalp Hunt in One Headline

BREAKING: IN THE BIGGEST FOLLOW-UP TO A NON-STORY SINCE, WELL, MY NEXT POST -- IN WHICH I'LL REPORT THAT BRIT HUME HAS YET TO RESIGN UNDER PRESSURE FROM LIBERAL ACTIVISTS UPSET OVER HIS NOT BEING A LIBERAL ACTIVIST HIMSELF -- JEFF GANNON TELLS CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER AND THE WASHINGTON POST'S HOWARD KURTZ THAT HE FOLLOWED WHITE HOUSE DAY PASS PROTOCOL, SUBMITTED TO A CURSORY SECURITY CHECK UNDER HIS REAL NAME, DID NOT HAVE SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE LEAKED CIA PLAME DOCUMENTS, AND THAT YES, THOSE PICTURES ARE OF HIS C**K, BUT, LIKE, SO WHAT? (UPDATED)-- Jeff Goldstein at protein wisdom

Isn't it amazing that the most ideologically purile LefTogs such as Kos and Atrios, in their thirst to have a scalp of their own to balance those of Rather and Jordan, would choose to out a gay man with a shaved head and a chest wax?

Speaking of which, where's Andrew Sullivan on this issue?

Posted by Vanderleun at February 19, 2005 10:54 PM
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Sullivan is on vacation. As for what his views are, or would be, that's anybody's guess these days.

Posted by: Final Historian at February 20, 2005 12:00 AM

In retrospect, Sullivan has turned out to be a David Broder-like poseur. His vaunted objectivity is an affectation. The gay issue aside -- where he has been eloquent and persuasive -- he turns out just to be another dimestore leftist. A lot of people were eventually turned off by what they perceived as his Johnny one-note focus on gay marriage, and others by his bizarre, psychologically implausible turnaround on the war.

What turned me off was his hysterical, totally unfair criticism of Ann Coulter. He would link to folks like Buckley and Horowitz, who turned out not to say at all what AS said they said about Coulter. And he cited trivialities in support of his hatred of her.

Whatever else anyone wants to think of Coulter, she is far wittier than AS (who has zero apparent wit, actually) and she has a spinal cord AS does not. As for me, I think the man went insane with jealousy. Coulter is simply a better, more logical and more entertaining writer, by far.

I think it was in Powerline recently that AS was quoted as saying he was turned off by the vile, voluminous hate mail he has gotten. Apparently it influenced his pov, which is understandable in a human way. But my own guess would be that he was more influenced by his crowd, and by the pressure he felt to conform if he wanted to remain accepted. He is not a man I would want in a foxhole with me.

Posted by: Moonzoo at February 20, 2005 10:16 AM