Bill Maher and guest Andrew Sullivan last night criticized Rachel Maddow for the “big nothing-burger” she unveiled to the public on President Trump‘s 2005 tax returns. Maher reaffirmed that he’s a big fan of Maddow’s, but what she unveiled was something that actually helped Trump. He said, “This is probably the best tax return he’s ever filed, which makes me think this came from Donald Trump!” Sullivan then made this observation: “There was a giant cloud of smug above Rachel Maddow when she was doing that. Liberals have to be careful not to sound so fucking condescending and smug… and start actually engaging the other side and persuading people.”
“The question here is whether the crime was solely a function of the homophobic hatred of two strangers who beat up and brutally murdered someone merely because he was gay. That’s the official line of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. Of course these motives could also have been involved. I’m arguing that meth can explain all of it, but may not be the only factor involved. I can’t read the meth-addled minds of the foul murderers. I can detect bullshit from the gay rights establishment. No one wants to confess a meth robbery gone haywire, and they may have thought the gay panic defense might work – and it didn’t. The Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign should not be smearing and demonizing good faith work by a courageous openly gay journalist. They need to apologize, and correct the record. At some point, their convenient untruth must stop.” – Andrew Sullivan, responding to the uproar that followed after columnist Julie Bindel titled “The truth behind America’s most famous gay-hate murder.”which praised the widely discredited 2013 book The Book of Matt, by hack journalist Stephen Jimenez who claims “without any proof that Matthew Shepards brutal murder in 1998 was drug-related and not motivated by anti-gay hate.
Jimenez’s book has been described as “fictional” and “trash” by the lead detective in the case. People familiar with the murder – including one of the killer’s appellate attorneys, Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley, and Albany County Undersheriff Robert Debree – have condemned the book as factually challenged.
It’s ironic that Andrew Sullivan could write “I can detect bullshit from the gay rights establishment.” And yet…he’s totally oblivious to his own.
Andrew Sullivan has become the Ann Coulter of the gay journalist community and now makes his cash by being an outspoken, absurd lunatic, and anything for a buck hack. Sinking so low to as even defaming the memory of the dead.
“In Sullivan’s latest desperate bid to exchange contrarianism for clicks, he’s decided to desecrate the memory of a murder victim — one from his own community, no less.
“Sullivan takes a book that’s been thoroughly debunked, pulls out so-called ‘facts’ that never emerged during the investigation, trial, or sixteen years of intense scrutiny and have been repudiated by police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, and brands them as ‘truth.’ Why? Because he says so, that’s why. That this new ‘truth’ also provides him with an opportunity to bash two things he hates — the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes laws — is, of course, purely coincidental.
“Spitting on a Matthew Shepard’s grave in order to take petty political swipes and drive up traffic to your website? That’s disgusting.
I think we can all agree. It time for Andrew Sullivan to go.
Well it seems that Andrew Ambrosino Sullivan is at it gain helping to feed the fire of those who are against by by writing another column about Mozilla ex-CEO Brendan Eich (above) this time trying to compare Eich’s problem to those of LGBT workers in America who are discriminated against and has the sheer gall to bring up ENDA!
“Thank you for the hundreds and hundreds of emails about the Mozilla-Eich affair. My readers overwhelmingly disagree with me for a host of reasons. But I have to say that this time, the more I have mulled this over, the more convinced I am that my initial response to this is absolutely the right one. And not just the right one, but a vital one to defend at this juncture in the gay rights movement.
So let me concede all of the opposing arguments that have been deployed to defend the public shaming and resignation of Brendan Eich. To recap those points:This was not the “gay left” as such, but the “techie straight left” more broadly. Sure (I’ve been to San Francisco). He wasn’t fired; he resigned. Undisputed.Mozilla is not your usual company. Obviously not. Being CEO is different than being just a regular employee and requires another standard. Sure. It doesn’t matter because we’re all marching toward victory anyway. Well, probably. This was a function of market forces and the First Amendment. You won’t get me to disagree about that. [snip]
In California, if an employer had fired an employee for these reasons, he would be breaking the law:
1102. No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.
Now Eich was not in that precise position. He resigned as CEO under duress because of his political beliefs. The letter of the law was not broken. But what about the spirit of the law?
We either develop the ability to tolerate those with whom we deeply disagree, or liberal society is basically impossible. Civil conversation becomes culture war; arguments and reason cede to emotion and anger. And let me reiterate: this principle of toleration has recently been attacked by many more on the far right than on the far left. I’m appalled, for example, at how great gay teachers have been fired by Catholic schools, even though it is within the right of the schools to do so. It’s awful that individuals are fired for being gay with no legal recourse all over the country. But if we rightly feel this way about gays in the workplace, why do we not feel the same about our opponents? And on what grounds can we celebrate the resignation of someone for his off-workplace political beliefs? Payback? Revenge? Some liberal principles, in my view, are worth defending whether they are assailed by left or right.
Mozilla has posted a FAQ to answer some questions about newly hired CEO Brendan Eich’s recent resignation after it came to light that not only had Eich donated to Prop 8 and has questionable opinions about the LGBT community and civil rights. But when further details of Eich’s political donations emerged, including one to far right wing extremist Pat Buchanan, whose take on not only gay right is over shadowed by his anti-black and anti-semetic opinions.
Whatever the reason Mozilla is not just another software company. Its Firefox browser relies on the goodwill and contributions of a huge community of developers and others to keep the project running, while the group serves to educate and lobby for a free and open internet: the foundation was in the thick of battles on SOPA and PIPA, and one of the first to express serious alarm over Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.
Eich’s fatal flaw, in his 10 days of spiraling downfall: if he couldn’t even become an advocate for himself, and couldn’t persuade the Mozilla community to support him as CEO, how could he ever make the case that he was the best advocate for the future of the open web.
Andrew “Quisling-modo” Sullivan is having a field day today doing what he has made a career out of. Attacking liberals and his own community first, and the homophobes second.
Sullivan in a post yesterday came to the defense of anti-gay Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich and bashed his own community, Sullivan wrote that poor Eichmann is victim of “left-liberal intolerance” and that it only highlights the”ugly intolerance of parts of the gay movement, because of his financial contribution to the passage of Proposition 8 in California in 2008.
Eich only stepped down after it was revealed late Wednesday that he’d given money to far right wing anti-Jew, anti-black, andti-gay and anti-human right wing extremist Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992, and later to Ron Paul’s campaign. That is was what pushed Mozilla over the edge and forced Eich to resign. But of course you’d never know that if you read Sully’s last two columns on poor martyed Eich. Because Quisling-modo won’t mention it. Because that’s not how this loser rolls.
The sheer gall and hypocrisy of Sullivan is staggering. This is the “man” who led the charge for Alec Baldwin to be fired from MSNBC for saying the word “faggot’ now thinks we shouldn’t be angry with someone who donated money to a ban our civil rights and helped fund people and groups that used all sorts of vile lies and smears against us.
Once again Sullivan is exploiting our movement to build up his “conservative” cred once again throwing rocks to get attention. A.S. is a contrarian attention and media whore. Always has been and always will be. One doesn’t have to wonder why Sullivan defended Brandon Ambrosino a few weeks ago. It’s because Ambrosino is a younger version of Sullivan himself.
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“Author”, for lack of a better word, Stephen Jimenez has slandered and bashed the memory of Matthew Shepard since 2002 and now more then ten years years later he is doing so once again in his disgusting new book “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.”
Jimenez claims that he first became interested in Matthew’s story because he was writing a screenplay on Matthews murder. But claims he found proof that “Aaron McKinney was a male hustler, had been familiar with gay guys and gay bars” and “that he really did like having sex with gay guys and that he was not unfamiliar with homosexuality and the gay world,” which in Jimenez’s mind at least seemed to contradict the “gay panic” defense that McKinney’s lawyers were putting forth. What began as a trip to “fill in some color and detail” for a screenplay turned into a “13-year investigative obsession,” according to Kirkus reviews:
Drawing on both in-depth research and exhaustive interviews with more than 100 individuals around the United States, Jimenez meticulously re-examines both old and new information about the murder and those involved with it. Everyone had something to hide. For Aaron McKinney, one of the two men convicted of Shepard’s murder, it was the fact that he was Shepard’s part-time bisexual lover and fellow drug dealer. For Shepard, it was that he was an HIV-positive substance abuser with a fondness for crystal meth and history of sexual trauma. Even the city of Laramie had its share of dark secrets that included murky entanglements involving law enforcement officials and the Laramie drug world.
Jiminez has been peddling this story since 2002, two months before reporting began for a “20/20” piece on the Matthew Shepard killing, which Jimenez sold to the ABC program and had decided beforehand that methamphetamine motivated the murder and not anti-gay bias writing in an e-mail that the “‘hate crime’ motivation of Shepard’s death” was a “flawed theory.”
Now more than 10 years later he is still recycling this hateful theory, which by the way he has no concrete evidence or proof of to make a quick buck. And for Andrew Sullivan to shill for this sleazy feral maggot whore’s work makes him no better.
Fuck you Stephen Jimenez. You better hope that we never meet.
American journalist, author, and primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson Hayes Cooper has FINALLY come out of the closet!
Andrew Sullivan in his column The Daily Dish today writes that as we have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil rights of LGBT individuals. That the visibility of gay Americans is one of the core means for our equality.
Sully in turn wrote to his friend Anderson Cooper who has notoriously been living in the “glass closet” for years now and asked him for his feedback on this subject.
Anderson responded and finally, after all this time has come out of the closet and bluntly says that he is gay and has given Sullivan permission to reprint it:
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
You can read Anderson Coopers full email to Andrew Sullivan in which he comes out at The Daily Beast.
“I regard this primary campaign as the beginning of a process to save conservatism from itself. In this difficult endeavor, Paul has kept his cool, his good will, his charm, his honesty and his passion. His scorn is for ideas, not people, but he knows how to play legitimate political hardball. Look at his ads – the best of the season so far. His worldview is too extreme for my tastes, but it is more honestly achieved than most of his competitors, and joined to a temperament that has worn well as time has gone by.
“I feel the same way about him on the right in 2012 as I did about Obama in 2008. Both were regarded as having zero chance of being elected. And around now, people decided: Why not? And a movement was born. He is the “Change You Can Believe In” on the right. If you are an Independent and can vote in a GOP primary, vote Paul. If you are a Republican concerned about the degeneracy of the GOP, vote Paul. If you are a citizen who wants more decency and honesty in our politics, vote Paul. If you want someone in the White House who has spent decades in Washington and never been corrupted, vote Paul.” – Andrew Sullivan
Well I guess ff you’re a rich conservative homo with HIV who doesn’t give a shit whether your less fortunate brethren can’t retain or access to life-saving medications, vote Paul.
Oh and Sully, I don’t remember ANYONE thinking Obama had zero chance of being elected this time last election.