Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review, has responded to Christopher Buckley’s announcement on Tina Brown and Barry Diller’s Daily Beast that he was “fired,” as the story’s URL shows, or “sacked,” as its headline read until it was recently changed to “Buckley Bows Out of National Review.” (Buzz moves fast, and as The Times David Carr wrote roughly 300 hours ago, “Given Ms. Brown’s reputation for frantically changing everything in the final hours of closing every magazine she has edited, perhaps a medium that absorbs — indeed, requires — constant reiteration will suit her.”)
Writing on ‘The Corner’ blog, Mr. Lowry claims:
So, according to Mr. Lowry, it was Mr. Buckley’s jaunty little email, not the “flood” of hate mail Mr. Buckley says was sent to The National Review after he endorsed Senator Barack Obama, that did him in.
It hardly seems to matter. Maybe we’ll get to read all the messages—jaunty, hateful, or otherwise—when Mr. Buckley puts out a sequel to his father’s 2007 book, Cancel Your Own Goddamn Subscription.