Saturday, June 6, 2020

Censoring Andrew Sullivan

It is not just the New York Times that has gone all woke and has gotten in the business of censoring conservative opinions. The youngsters who have recently graduated America’s finest universities are so brittle and fragile that the least discouraging word drives them straight to the psychiatrist’s office. It is pathetically sad to see. If you honestly believe that this generation is going to help America to compete against China and the rest of Asia, you have some serious rethinking to do.

Anyway, the latest victim of media censorship is Andrew Sullivan. We do not know what Sullivan wrote that provoked the ire of the thought police at New York Magazine, but they rejected his most recent column. Whatever one thinks about Sullivan one certainly does not want to see him silenced by a band of illiterate ideologues. Besides, as the Spectator reports, Sullivan is not really a conservative anyway.

The Spectator explains:

What has happened to New York media? Just as the New York Times was experiencing its own Inner Mongolia Moment over the now notorious Sen. Tom Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ op-ed, the Maoists at New York magazine were going after their best columnist, Andrew Sullivan.

Sullivan revealed on Twitter yesterday that his column wouldn’t be appearing. The reason? His editors are not allowing him to write about the riots.

Presumably Sullivan’s editors are frightened that he might make the radically bourgeois point that looting and violence are wrong.

Better yet, the terms of Sullivan’s contract forbid him from publishing his thoughts anywhere else:

Cockburn understands that Sullivan is not just forbidden from writing for the New York magazine about the riots; his contract means he cannot write on the topic for another publication. He is therefore legally unable to write anything about the protests without losing his job — at the magazine that, in 1970,  published Radical Chic, Tom Wolfe’s brilliant and controversial excoriation of progressive piety. It’s the bonfire of the liberals!

For your edification, here is a link to the Tom Wolfe story about Leonard Bernstein and the Black Panthers. It is worth re-examining while America drops to a knee to express contrition for existing. It is also a brilliant essay-- one I highly recommend.

The Spectator explains that Sullivan’s future columns must pass muster with the woke junior assistant sub-editors that the magazine has unfortunately hired:

Sullivan, a source close to New York magazine reveals, has to have his work vetted by sensitive junior editors to make sure it doesn’t trigger them. If it passes their sniff testing, it can be published.


trigger warning said...

Progressive cannibalism is, I must admit, a pleasure to watch.

And I note for the record that Los Angeles's Mayor Garcetti, on excellent advice if I do say so myself, has begun defunding the LAPD to the tune of $100-150M.

The wall comes later, après le déluge. :-D

UbuMaccabee said...

I have an old ex-friend in Los Angles. He is a prominent attorney. He learned to be a leftist from attending Boalt Law School and has remained a leftist ever since. As his income grew, so did his leftism. He is prosperous, well-educated, and insane. Last I left him, he was reminiscing to me about his wonderful Communist law professor and the value of the abortion he paid for.

I have tried reasoning with him, and I have tried to interest him in the documentation that contradicts his world view. Everything from Paul Johnson to Thomas Sowell to Solzhenitsyn. Nothing. Frantz Fanon is his speed.

I think the no police experiment in LA would do him some good. I won't say I don't wish him harm, I do. I wish all leftists harm; they are cancer and they are working to start a race war, among other simultaneous attempts to destroy Western Civilization. How else will they recover their reason except through suffering? Not mortal harm, but rough. A savage beating and a burning house is a start. He needs a hard lesson to awaken from his trance, and so do the rest of his type. A deep shock to regain clarity. I hope the whole LAPD walks out and announces it to the thugs. The purge is on.

I am a violent man. And I have worked my entire life to constrain and direct and harness this violence into productive efforts to build civilization and to care for and protect the weak and look out for those who cannot care for themselves. That is the rightful role of certain types of men; that is our right action--dharma to a Kshatriya. I am enraged at these fools who play with violence, and particularly mob violence. They are so stupid it defies words to see what they are up to, what they are unleashing. That thing that remains chained up deep in the cellar is wide awake; it smells the blood in the air. I will have to have a long conversation with Krishna this week to better understand my options.

If you ever thought prayer would help, now's the time to do so with earnestness.

Sam L. said...

The left has passed the "BUG NUTS" point and are accelerating.

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