"...[Bruce Bartlett] was shocked again when he observed that not only were criticisms of such recklessness not allowed, they were not even heard because the right had created its own media chamber, which kept any dissidence or intellectual challenge firmly out of earshot. So Bruce wrote a book, explaining Bush's attack on core conservative principles: balanced budgets, just wars, individual liberty and states' rights. The result? He was swiftly fired from his think-tank job, banned from Fox News, and turned into a non-person like an airbrushed-out member of an intellectual Politburo. (Bush tools, mediocrities and war criminals, on the other hand, were gladly ushered into AEI and the op-ed pages of the Washington Post.)"I endured the same kind of thing, although I was much less polite than Bruce and had an independent platform. But it's still remarkable to me that I have not been invited on Fox for a decade - even to discuss or debate my book on, er, conservatism and fundamentalism. My book, The Conservative Soul, was not reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, and given a formal excommunication/evisceration by National Review's Jonah Goldberg. Compare this with my first book, Virtually Normal, which was reviewed positively in the Wall Street Journal and got a review in National Review that any writer would die for by a distinguished professor of political theory, Kenneth Minogue. So a radically conservative book about homosexuality was admissible, even welcome, in conservative media in 1995, but a critique of modern conservatism's decline was verboten in 2006. No links to this blog were allowed at National Review's Corner. No mention of my name ever crossed the lips of a Republican loyalist."
-- Andrew Sullivan, November 26, 2012
As Liberals, don't you just hate it when the "Wall Street Journal" petulantly refuses to review your latest book? I mean, where the fuck do they get off?!?
And don't you just hate it that the National Review refuses to even link to your stuff?
And don't you just hate it that your employer only gives you six or seven "Newsweek" covers a year?
And the president only invites you to White House galas once in a while?
And you're only invited to share your views on teevee once every few weeks?
Honestly, what can you say about someone who has salvaged his own career as a Fearless, Truth-Waving Conservative by frantically bootlegging virtually the entire Liberal critique of Conservatism while at the same time maintaining his media credentials by joining the media embargo on acknowledging that Liberals even exist?
Mr. Sullivan doesn't engage or debate real Liberals for exactly the same reasons that David Brooks doesn't engage or debate real Liberals and Fox does not debate Andrew Sullivan: their respective well-documented pasts hang over them swords of Damocles, and after two minutes of very pointed questions from anyone who is not bound by the Beltway mutual non-aggression pact, they would publicly shit themselves and/or run away crying. Which, in the end, may be Mr. Sullivan's most truly Conservative characteristic of all.