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is a subscription-based, independent American political blog that also covers culture and society.

It was founded by in 2000, and he touts it as one of the first political blogs. Although Sullivan is British, his focus is largely on American politics, along with the occasional post on the arts, culture and society. He was previously the editor of magazine.

In 2006, The Dish drew revenue for the first time through a partnership with , and then, later, with . In 2011, Sullivan moved the blog yet again, this time to the , a move which allowed the blog’s coverage to expand from daily posts to a 24/7 news cycle.

Today, The Dish is best known for Sullivan’s that he would be leaving leaving the Daily Beast in favor of starting an independent, subscription based site. The metered paywall was designed by a company called . Sullivan regularly discusses his circulation and earnings figures; as of November 2013 the site was towards a stated goal of earning $900,000 in its first year.

Sullivan has also experimented with available to non-subscribers, , and to the version of the site for non-subscribers. He also  called Deep Dish for subscribers only in late 2013. As of 2014, the site drew  and had , with a staff of 10.

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