Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Stupid Shit Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Eugenicist Says

First, a little background from "The Nation", with emphasis added:
The 'Sully'-ing of American Journalism
Andrew Sullivan garners much attention for his bold moves as a blogger. But what about the quality of his judgments?

Eric Alterman January 23, 2013
This article appeared in the February 11, 2013 edition of The Nation.

Unlike, for instance, Josh Marshall’s terrific Talking Points Memo, Sullivan’s site offers little original reporting. His judgments, therefore, are really the only criterion by which his work can be assessed. The fact that few individuals can be shown to have demonstrated worse judgment over the course of the past two decades, and risen higher as a result, is yet another example of the changes that Sullivan-style “journalism” has helped to bring about.

“Sully” originally came to public attention as the young, conservative editor of The New Republic. His five-year reign was characterized by so many disastrous decisions, it would take every word in this magazine, and then some, simply to enumerate them. But here’s a partial list: under Sullivan’s guidance, TNR championed, among others, Ruth Shalit, Stephen Glass, Steven Emerson, Charles Murray and Elizabeth McCaughey. It’s no easy matter to determine which of these charlatans did the most damage to the magazine’s reputation. (Indeed, it’s a measure of just how abysmally TNR’s editorial filter functioned under Sullivan that Camille Paglia calling the then–first lady “Hillary the man-woman and bitch goddess” doesn’t even make the top five.) This was a period of casual plagiarism, fabulism, racist pseudoscience, and deliberate lies aimed at the heart of liberal principle in general and the Clinton administration in particular by what was still considered liberalism’s flagship publication.
So what's Charles Murray up to these days?

Funny you should ask.

The usually handjobbery like this..
And this...
In American political media, right and wrong ultimately do not matter.

True and false do not matter.

Inside and outside matter.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I once emailed Sully to explain why the Bell Curve was such a POS after he defended it, in blissful ignorance of Sully's role in publishing it. I guess I thought he just needed to be educated about it. Meanwhile, out here in the sticks of Des Moines the library gives Charles Murray an award as a distinguished Iowa author. Makes me want to born my library card.