In the wake of Mark Steyn’s recent contretemps with his editor at National Review (somebody named Jason Steorts) people have been wondering whether Steyn’s been Derb’d.
Since, at this point, Steyn is surely a bigger deal than everybody else at NR put together, I think it makes more sense to ask: has he thrown NR under the bus?
Anyway, here are his last four posts at NRO, in chronological order:
12/20. Article: “The Age of Intolerance”
sample quote: “How do you make a fruit cordial? – Be nice to him. Or else.”
12/22. Corner Post: “Re-Education Camp”
sample quote: “I am sorry my editor at NR does not grasp the stakes. Indeed, he seems inclined to ‘normalize’ what GLAAD is doing. But, if he truly finds my ‘derogatory language’ offensive, I’d rather he just indefinitely suspend me than twist himself into a soggy pretzel of ambivalent inertia trying to avoid the central point – that a society where lives are ruined over an aside because some identity-group don decides it must be so is ugly and profoundly illiberal.”
12/24. Corner Post: “Mumbo-Jumbo for Beginners”
sample quote: “I don’t know why one of NR’s editorial staff could not have posted the court order with an accompanying explanation…”
[editors note: uh-oh. things are getting REALLY ugly here.]
1/3. “Happy Warrior” Column: “Heading South”
No sample quote this time. You simply must read the whole thing. Think what the late Lawrence Auster might have said about the Mandela funeral – if only he’d had a little more sense of humor.
Could this have been the last straw for the guys at NR, most of whom seem to be firmly in the Nelson Mandela = Martin Luther King = Jesus of Nazareth camp?