National Review and National Review Online are today what Bill Buckley conservatism has always been: traditional and cutting-edge. The amazing thing about the National Review franchise is not that it’s so good. It’s that after more than half a century it continues to get better.
Intelligent readers–that’s you–rely on it to help make sense of dauntingly complex and confusing events. Intelligent readers–that’s you, again–support it out of enlightened self-interest.
In recent days I’ve blogged on John Bolton as well as Soviet humor. Claudia Rosett has broken news on the U.N.’s Oil-for-Food program, the largest financial swindle in world history and a story that much of the mainstream media (MSM) has attempted to avoid. Andy McCarthy has provided insights into what’s happening to our judiciary. Victor Davis Hanson has provided more perspective, context, and balance in his last article (as he seems to do in his every article) than CBS, NBC, ABC, or NPR provide in a year.
Increasingly, NR/NRO does what the MSM ought to be doing. It was NR editor Rich Lowry who gave us, in a more clear and concise manner than the Establishment media ever could, “What Went Wrong” in Iraq and also “What Went Right.” Why didn’t the cracker-jack news professionals at CBS do that? Maybe because they spent too much time and energy chasing bogus memos about George W. Bush’s attendance in the Alabama Air National Guard back in the 1970s.
Why didn’t the editors at the New York Times provide the kind of reporting and analysis that Rich provided? Maybe because they were more interested in getting out the message that, after toppling Saddam Hussein, President Bush failed to supervise Iraq’s ammo dumps, a story–as Byron York has pointed out–that received breathless front-page treatment in the days just prior to Election Day, and that was dropped like a dud hand grenade as soon as the election results were tallied. (For the record, I knocked down that Times story here on NRO within hours of its first appearance.)
I don’t make my living writing for NR/NRO. I make my living running a small policy institute in Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. But it is vital for organizations like mine–which also employs Claudia and Andy, by the way–that there are credible outlets for aggressive reporting, sharp analysis, and innovative policy thinking.
NR/NRO provides all that and more. And NR/NRO exists thanks to your support (the National Review franchise receives no taxpayer money, as does PBS and NPR). It would be nice if NR/NRO could make money through clever hedge-fund investments, but, unfortunately, Jonah Goldberg still hasn’t finished reading the paperback I sent him, Andrew Tobias’s The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need.
I don’t pitch for many organizations (other than my own, that is), but I enthusiastically urge you to back this publication. It is, as you already know, indispensable.