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Jeffrey Goldberg Speaks Truth to Power About Andrew Sullivan

Jeffrey Goldberg has a critique of his Atlantic colleague, Andrew Sullivan, that is well worth reading. Goldberg — who is (or at least was, before his posting) a friend of Andrew’s — writes that Sullivan’s “hatreds are prolific,” that his shifts on issues are extreme to the point of being wild, and that Sullivan is largely ignorant on matters Middle East. All of these points have been proven many times over; Andrew’s own words are often his worst enemy. But for these points to be made by a colleague is fairly extraordinary — and very much to the credit of Goldberg. His posting is honest, informed, and admirable. They could not have been easy words to write (Goldberg writes out of a sense of some sadness and resignation). But they were necessary ones to write.

Jeffrey Goldberg has a critique of his Atlantic colleague, Andrew Sullivan, that is well worth reading. Goldberg — who is (or at least was, before his posting) a friend of Andrew’s — writes that Sullivan’s “hatreds are prolific,” that his shifts on issues are extreme to the point of being wild, and that Sullivan is largely ignorant on matters Middle East. All of these points have been proven many times over; Andrew’s own words are often his worst enemy. But for these points to be made by a colleague is fairly extraordinary — and very much to the credit of Goldberg. His posting is honest, informed, and admirable. They could not have been easy words to write (Goldberg writes out of a sense of some sadness and resignation). But they were necessary ones to write.

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