Their tone, as demonstrated in Sullivan's post from December 2008, in demanding to see Trig's birth certificate (and medical records) simply for the sake at arriving at some objective truth was presented with the same smarmy disingenuousness as the Obama "birthers."
...Neither Patrick [Appel] nor I have baldly asserted something we cannot know for sure: that Trig Palin is Sarah Palin's biological son. Our difference has merely been that he assumes that the Alaska governor is telling the truth and sees all the circumstantial evidence as very compelling backing for her maternity (as has almost everyone else in the MSM). For my part, I have always clearly conceded that that is perfectly possible, but that the bizarre chronology and facts in the public record raise enough questions that a simple piece of easily produced evidence should have been produced to end the issue at once. The facts of the case and the refusal to defuse it was enough to prevent me from assuming that she was the mother. I know that made and makes me look like a total douche in some people's eyes, but I figure that journalists who are afraid of looking like douches for doing their job should pick another line of work.Now that Sullivan has joined the chorus of those deriding the goofy "birther" movement, I'd only remind him that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.