Saturday, April 07, 2012

Derbyshire fired

Not even close to a full throated condemnation of his vile blathering, but good to know there is a place where even they will draw the line. National Review actually dumped Derbyshire. Reproducing the post in full:
Anyone who has read Derb in our pages knows he’s a deeply literate, funny, and incisive writer. I direct anyone who doubts his talents to his delightful first novel, “Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream,” or any one of his “Straggler” columns in the books section of NR. Derb is also maddening, outrageous, cranky, and provocative. His latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible. We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.
Didn't expect them to do it. As late as this morning NR was still making weak excuses to disassociate themselves from his outside work and dismissing the outrage. It's not like Derb wasn't saying what they think and say to each other in private. Derb's only transgression in that crowd is he was too unsubtle in public.

Not really worried about Derb's future though. Figure within the month he'll land at either Daily Caller or, at worst, somewhere among the tattered remnants of what's left of Breitbart's Big.Con empire.

Addendum: If you somehow missed Derb's vile screed that precipitated the whole mess, I'm not linking to it, but you can get the backstory here.

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