That’s rich: Piers Morgan calls Andrew Sullivan’s subscription venture a ‘deluded vanity flight’

Blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced that he’s parting ways with the Daily Beast and launching a subscription-based blog, a move that ratings-challenged CNN host Piers Morgan has called a “deluded vanity flight into obscurity.” We’d love to think that Morgan was speaking tongue-in-cheek, but his recent “look at me!” Twitter rants have proved that he’s apparently totally self-unaware.

In a lengthy post at the Daily Beast, Sullivan thanked his readers for sticking with him “through the horrors of 9/11 and the Iraq War, past the Obama miracle and the odd lies of a former half-term governor whose name now escapes me.” So, just what is lurking behind that curtain that $19.99 a year will buy?

Hence the purest, simplest model for online journalism: you, us, and a meter. Period. No corporate ownership, no advertising demands, no pressure for pageviews … just a concept designed to make your reading experience as good as possible, and to lead us not into temptation.

https://twitter.com/rsmccain/status/286601367387271168

Speaking of temptation, who’s reaching for the credit card?

https://twitter.com/rolandsmartin/status/286566904313831424

https://twitter.com/fakedansavage/status/286648944451260416

https://twitter.com/robertwrighter/status/286592286391930880

Others are not so anxious to know what Sullivan is up to, now that he’s free from corporate obligations.

https://twitter.com/jilliancyork/status/286568339973746689

https://twitter.com/joebrooks/status/286651224084856832

https://twitter.com/thegoldfarb/status/286519791953526784

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/286635532090499072

https://twitter.com/NathanWurtzel/status/286563321803591680

Still, the venture must be taking off. Sullivan reports that he’s taken in more than $100,000 already. What’s he going to do with all that money (after paying his staff, and paying for expenses and paying taxes)?

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedBen/status/286561062407528448

https://twitter.com/smorkingapple/status/286586316005732352

https://twitter.com/AaronWorthing/status/286533516840288257

We’ll hang on to our 20 bucks for now, but the whole venture does raise an interesting question: who are we rooting for in the Piers Morgan/Andrew Sullivan cat fight?

https://twitter.com/brian_hecht/status/286598894853439488

https://twitter.com/derekahunter/status/286559446354759680

https://twitter.com/NathanWurtzel/status/286556544043192321

https://twitter.com/DanSMiddleton/status/286578401291153409

https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/286556449008668673

A duel, huh? Do you have any idea how quickly Piers Morgan can reload a musket?

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