It seems to me that if this conservatism is so foul that many of my peers are embarrassed to be working at the same magazine, then I have no idea what version of conservatism could ever be tolerated. And that’s fine. We have freedom of association in this country, and if the mainstream media want to cut ties with even moderate anti-Trump conservatives, because they won’t bend the knee to critical theory’s version of reality, that’s their prerogative. . . But here’s what I do truly and deeply miss: writing freely without being in a defensive crouch; airing tough, smart dissent and engaging with readers in a substantive way that avoids Twitter madness; 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.
I disagree with about 92% of everything Sullivan says. As far as I know, everybody does. Sullivan isn’t a sheep, so everybody finds him annoying at some point. But it’s undeniable that he’s a good, gifted writer, which is precisely why New York Magazine doesn’t want him. Like Bari Weiss, Sullivan will be fine. But we, the readers, are robbed yet of another formerly good periodical.