Andrew Sullivan, then of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, left, and Aaron Tone arrive at The White House in March 2012 for the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Image: AP.
Contrarian journalist Andrew Sullivan is leaving The Daily Beast to launch an independent site supported by financial contributions from readers. Sullivan's new site will be hosted at an ad-free www.andrewsullivan.com, with a proposed contribution of $19.99 a year, or $1.67 a month.
Sullivan and two staff members "felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism," he wrote. "And since the Dish has, from its beginnings, attempted to pioneer exactly such a solid future for web journalism, we also felt we almost had a duty to try and see if we could help break some new ground."
Sullivan was once a rising star as a conservative pundit, serving as New Republic editor and making frequent media appearances. But in the late 1990s he became increasingly critical of religious conservatives who make up a core base of the Republican coalition, dismissing them as "Christianists".
Then in 2008 Sullivan really went outside the mainstream as "Trig truther" - repeatedly questioning the maternity of Sarah Palin's youngest child.
Via The Daily Beast.