Tuesday, April 01, 2003


Eric Alterman asks the right question:

I’d like to ask David Talbot a question and invite him to respond in this space. It’s this: “Is Salon a business or a cause?” If it’s the former, why are liberals being asked to support it as if it were the latter? And if it’s the latter, why are you deliberately undermining it by asking us support the McCarthyite ravings of Andy Sullivan (and, previously, David Horowtiz), which not only weakens Salon’s credibility with its core readership, but also pollute the larger discourse with poisonous and dishonest invective, designed to silence the loyal dissent Salon professes to promote? Needless to say, with George W. Bush in the White House and John Ashcroft running the legal system, these are not idle questions.