Swift and correct
Rich Lowry of National Review reacted swiftly to fire John Derbyshire on Saturday after an op-ed appeared on another website on Thursday that was racist. National Review has not only been a critic of liberalism but has moved against the cranks on the right. Unfortunately, sometimes the cranks on the right get under National Review’s shingle, such as the late Joseph Sobran. Good to see Lowry react as swiftly as he did rather to see the episode drag out in public, damaging the reputation of the flagship of the conservative cause.
Lowry was absolutely correct when he explained,
His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation.
As I recently told a local liberal blogger about the responsibility of running a website with others blogging there, “Your website, your reputation.” National Review’s swiftness in dealing with Derbyshire’s racist op-ed, even though it did not appear on their website or in their magazine, is a great example of how these situations should be dealt with.