The Corner

Re: Easterbrook

FYI, I’ve long been a big fan of Greg Easterbrook’s so I was pretty disappointed when I heard he said that in the ESPN chatroom. So, while with Cosmo in the park, I wrote to him on my blackberry about his comments and pointed out a couple things. 1) More people read NRO than TNR by a sizable margin. 2) And if he meant “nobody influential” when he said “nobody reads” NRO, he’d have to explain why The New Republic sees fit to comment on it in its own pages so often.

He wrote me back and since it was a private conversation, I won’t repeat it here. But I think he didn’t mean to sound as bad as he did in the chatroom and was simply trying to fend off a request to say something bad about us. I think he failed, but I still think he’s a pretty decent guy. And, besides, the best revenge for NROniks is for us to say nice things about him.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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