I don't think it's really going to "kill" National Review. Pretty sure its supporters have deep enough pockets to cover any damages if they are even assessed. But Mark Steyn is probably the most dickish bastard to ever come out of Canada. Oops!
In July, Judge Natalia Combs Greene rejected a motion to dismiss the
suit. The defendants appealed, and last week D.C. Superior Court Judge
Frederick Weisberg rejected the motion again, opening the door for the
discovery phase of the lawsuit to begin.
That's not all. On Christmas Eve, Steyn (who regularly guest hosts
Rush Limbaugh's radio show) wrote a blog post in which he excoriated
Greene, accusing her of incompetence, stupidity, and obtuseness.
I'm, of course, all for free speech even from cranks. But then, I have to rank good taste higher. And National Review has descended into bad taste and probably doesn't have a lot of redeeming qualities. I won't be contributing to the Mark Steyn Defense Fund anytime soon, if such exists, and I'm sure it does.
Now, the lawsuit may well be dismissed down the road. But the longer
it continues, the more likely it becomes that Mann will eventually
prevail, either by forcing an expensive settlement or by prevailing in
court and winning a substantial penalty from the defendants.
It's doubtful that National Review could survive either
outcome. Small magazines often lose money and only rarely manage to
break even. They certainly don't have substantial legal budgets, let
alone cash to cover an expensive payout. Indeed, in 2005, Buckley said the magazine had lost $25 million over 50 years.
It lost a half million a year? Do these people even know how capitalism works? I thought they were the business savvy party. Well it can only help The Weekly Standard.
Today the magazine enjoys circulation roughly equivalent to that of The Nation, the American Left's leading journal of opinion, and more than twice that of William Kristol's The Weekly Standard, its primary competition on the Right.
If NR wants some advice, I would suggest they break Steyn's fingers and duct tape his pie hole. Just sayin'.
APOLOGIES: I should probably apologize to Mr. Steyn first, though I doubt he will read any of this. I don't agree with his politics, nor does he agree with mine. Very likely. Many of my comments in this post are, indeed, dickish. And for that I apologize to him and to Mr. Casper. I did not do my homework on this post and several commenters were good enough to point this out to me. I will try to make any future posts here more upbeat and factual. It would be cowardly for me to take the post down, so the only option I see is to leave this sincere apology as an end-note.
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