The Rittenhouse Review

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Thursday, May 16, 2002  

"The Daily Dish" Subject to Change Without Notice

Late yesterday we informed our readers that Andrew Sullivan had made an elemental error in "The Daily Dish" as published at his vanity site, (See "The Washington Times to the Rescue," below, May 15.)

Sullivan, in a rant that had something to do with the alleged soft treatment the Palestinians receive in the media (What papers does Sullivan read?), couldn't even correctly name the church upon which the Israeli Defense Force laid siege for six weeks. Although correctly referring to the church in question as "one of the holiest shrines in Christianity," Sullivan had the siege taking place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre when in actuality it occurred at the Church of the Nativity.

Not the gravest of errors, certainly, but the tragic event at this holiest of shrines -- which endured an incredible 39 days -- is indelibly etched in our memory, causing us to wonder how seriously Sullivan regarded the siege while it was taking place.

Moreover, not only are the two churches located in different places -- the Nativity is in Bethlehem and the Holy Sepulchre is in Jerusalem -- but their very names indicate the commemoration of two separate events, namely, the birth and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

After posting our piece about this mistake, we sent it along to Sullivan. Before long, the stunted ideologue corrected the error on his site, not by way of publishing a correction but simply by editing the article he already had published.

We aren't claiming credit for prompting Sullivan's cover-up as any number of people may have drawn his attention to this blunder. But we will take credit here for alerting readers that articles published at are subject to change without notice.

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