Andrew Sullivan and black and white babbling

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Society
March 5th, 2003 • 1:36 am

For some reason, I subscribed to the Wall Street Journal‘s free “Best of the Web” online service a while back, which sends you a daily compilation by email of what they feel is the “best of the web”. I guess I just wanted to expose myself, to a certain degree, to the pro-war doctrine, in ORDER to maintain a certain balance.

I must say that it’s pretty difficult to stomach. I didn’t realize that “journalism” could be so blindly and badly opinionated. OTOH, it has the probably unwanted benefit of providing me with links to all kinds of sites that it’s bashing and trashing, most of which provide fairly interesting reading material.

Still, I sometimes venture to CHECK out some of the links it openly “endorses”. Today, for example, I checked out the “Andrew Sullivan” web site and its “Daily Dish” of stuff that is allegedly “unfit to print”.

I have no idea who this guy is. And, based on the little I’ve read today, I don’t really want to know. I simply cannot believe that people who apparently can have quite nuanced opinions on all kinds of other topics are so narrow-minded and systematically resort to “us vs. them”/”good vs. evil”/”right-wing vs. lefties”/”freedom vs. terrorism” word games when it comes to this Iraq business. How can people focus so much on people’s alleged political colours and so little on what they are actually trying to say?

How can people not see that the only way to move forward is to actually have real, intelligent debate on real issues?

What on earth is the point of calling the BBC the “Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation”?

Whatever happened to politeness and mutual respect? Whatever happened to adulthood?

Good grief.

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