Why I Write for NRO
As part of our spring fundraising drive this week, we asked some of our contributors to explain why they write for us.


Henry Payne, editor of, cartoonist for the Detroit News, regular on NRO’s Planet Gore:

Why do I write for the NRO? Let me count the ways.

NRO reaches America’s best and brightest. NRO is an innovative Web presence that offers an immediate, 24-7 opinion forum on news at it unfolds. NRO’s editors are smart, engaging, never stuffy. NRO appreciates good reporting, not just polemics. NRO lets me write with wit and passion, an oasis in a desert of corporate journalism. NRO welcomes my Midwest perspective on American public policy.

Above all, NRO is a conservative icon true to Buckley’s pioneer spirit, encouraging a variety of commentary from satire to thoughtful punditry — which is why my cartoons and articles can be found in the same publication. I have written and drawn for NRO on everything from auto bailouts to Detroit cultural dysfunction to the Michigan presidential primary.

Where else can a journalist find such a canvas for wit, writing, and free-wheeling commentary? Perhaps in, the state’s leading online commentary website, which I launched for the Detroit News a year ago. Its inspiration? The indispensable NRO.


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