Andrew Sullivan Leaves New York Mag, Will Reveal Reason on Friday

Wednesday July 15, 2020

Out political columnist Andrew Sullivan announced Tuesday that he will be leaving New York Magazine this Friday after the publication of his final column for the publication, CNN reported.

"This will be my last week at New York Magazine," Sullivan tweeted about the gig he's had since 2016. "I'm sad because the editors I worked with there are among the finest in the country, and I am immensely grateful to them for vastly improving my work. I'm also proud of the essays and columns I wrote at NYM - some of which will be published in a collection of my writing scheduled for next year."

"Sullivan did not directly state his reason for leaving but said on Twitter that it was 'pretty self-evident' and the 'broader questions involved' would be discussed in his last column on Friday," CNN writes.

But rumors are circulating that Sullivan is in discussions to start a new conservative media venture with Bari Weiss, the conservative columnist who resigned from the New York Times Tuesday with a scathing resignation letter.

New York Magazine editor in chief David Haskell said the parting was mutual.

"Andrew and I agreed that his editorial project and the magazine's, though overlapping in many ways, were no longer the right match for each other," Haskell said.

Sullivan came to prominence as a conservative voice when he was an editor at the New Republic in the 1990s where he was at the center of a numerous controversies. In 1994 he published excerpts from Charles Murray's controversial book "The Bell Curve," which posited that the difference in IQ amongst racially defined groups was due to genetics.

"Even at the time, the book and the excerpts were controversial, but more than 20 years later Sullivan has continued to defend them, sparking more controversy and criticism of himself and New York," CNN reported.

In a New York piece in 2018, he cited a New York Times piece by a geneticist that echoed Murray's point of view, writing, "I remain proud of having published well over a dozen reasoned, eloquent rebuttals to Charles Murray's core ('The Bell Curve') argument on race and IQ in The New Republic."

Sullivan began a political blog, The Daily Dish, in 2000 and subsequently wrote for Time, The Daily Beast, the Atlantic and his own subscription format prior to New York Magazine.

In his statement, Haskell said that he hoped the inclusion of a conservative voice like Sullivan in the magazine "challenges the liberal assumptions of much of our readership. But publishing conservative commentary, or critiques of liberalism and the left, in 2020 is difficult to get right, and thoughtful, well meaning people can come to different conclusions about it: how to weigh the value of plurality of political opinion against other journalist and community values; whether our current publication does in fact create that environment I am trying to foster; what to think of certain writers in particular."

The Twitter response was immediate, and mostly negative:

But he did get support from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. Will he be on "Morning Joe" next?

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