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.

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

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

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)?

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?

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

  • LoriGirl

    @PiersMorgan RACIST!

    • Severe Conservative

      No, no, no. See, if a conservative had called Sullivan’s commentary “bitchy,” they’d be accused of homophobia.

    • Joe

      …and a HOMOPHOBE!!!!!!

  • Tessa I.

    I vote they get married in Massachusetts, move to France and leave us the heck alone. Alternately, a meteor crashes into the earth.

  • RightThinking1

    “…the Obama miracle..”?
    Obama is to miracle as Fluke is to hero.

  • beebop1952

    Anyone else frightened to be agreeing with Morgan?

  • KornKing

    If anyone should be familiar with hilariously deluded vanity……..

  • Joe

    Sullivan used to be an interesting fellow who was worth reading….13 years ago before he lost his mind. I remember his spirited debates with Jonah Goldberg. Morgan has never been anything but a rude, useless ass. Sullivan is now just an ass as well, but at least in his case, there was a time when he was a interesting voice at the table of ideas.

  • Guest


    “Hilariously deluded vanity flight into obscurity.” said kettle to pot. We’re still waiting for you to go back to Jolly Olde England, mate.

    • TocksNedlog

      Said teakettle to stewpot

  • TocksNedlog

    If Sully has convinced 5,000 people to pay for his rantings, then he’s probably pulled even with ol’ Musket Morgan’s ratings.