Jonah: What on earth is David Brock talking about? A very short list of magazines few that if any conservatives can write for: Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Esquire, all the women’s glossies. I would bet my whole bank account–which is smaller than Brock apparently believes–that each of them pays far more for a freelance piece than National Review. I’m sure it’s not even close. It’s quite possible to make a good living as a conservative writer, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking there are a ton of jobs out there. That’s one reason why there’s so little turnover at a place like NR. In nearly 50 years of publishing we’ve had exactly three editors. (And only one of them has gone on to a different job–WFB retired, John O’Sullivan went to UPI and now edits The National Interest, and Rich Lowry is our current maximum leader.) The New Republic goes through three editors in a decade–and a placid one at that. I’ll think about starting to take Brock seriously as soon as Salon calls one of us NROniks and offers a column at a good price. Real money, no stock options.
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