New York Magazine journalist Andrew Sullivan has just written his last piece for his publication. 

At least he went out with a bang, unleashing a scathing article criticizing the magazine and its leftist ownership. 

“They seem to believe, and this is increasingly the orthodoxy in mainstream media, that any writer not actively committed to critical theory in questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity is actively, physically harming co-workers merely by existing in the same virtual space,” Sullivan unloaded. “Actually attacking, and even mocking, critical theory’s ideas and methods, as I have done continually in this space, is therefore out of sync with the values of Vox Media. That, to the best of my understanding, is why I’m out of here.”

Lest you think this is a conservative’s sour grapes, Sullivan is not a member of the far right. 

Though he may prefer conservative economic policies, he opposes Trump, supports criminal justice reform, supports legalization of drugs, police reform, and even “more redistribution of wealth.” Sullivan was also one of the first members of established media to publicly come out of the closet and declare his sexuality. 

So why is he resigning?  Apparently, the guy I described in the previous paragraph is not liberal enough. 

Let that sink in.

Sullivan is not the first to leave a major New York publication due to the mainstream media’s leftist standards. Recently, Bari Weiss left the New York Times after facing persecution for her unbiased perspective and Jewish faith. “I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history,” she wrote. “Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.”

Sullivan is now going back to his roots, resurrecting the blog he started 20 years ago.  Next Friday, the Weekly Dish will break its five year silence.  Sullivan is happy to go back to his humble blog, because he misses “writing freely without being in a defensive crouch; airing tough, smart dissent and engaging with readers in a substantive way.” 

His blog will be “A truly free intellectual space where anything, yes anything, can be debated without personal abuse or questioning of motives; and where readers can force me to change my mind (or not) by sheer logic or personal testimony.”

Perhaps the mainstream media will recognize a democracy flourishes when ideas can be freely expressed?

If I had to bet, I know where I’d place all my chips. 

“If the mainstream media will not host a diversity of opinion, or puts the ‘moral clarity’ of some self-appointed saints before the goal of objectivity in reporting, if it treats writers as mere avatars for their race and gender or gender identity, rather than as unique individuals whose identity is largely irrelevant, then the non-mainstream needs to pick up the slack,” Sullivan powerfully stated. 

Hey, that’s what we’re trying to do here, too, Andrew!  Welcome to our ranks.

Hat Tip: nymag.com, bariweiss.com

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.