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Rich Lowry Is A Coward [Updated Below]

09 April 2012 @ 14:49

National Review’s Editor-In-Chief Rich Lowry is a coward.

Though you may agree with coward Rich Lowry’s firing of John Derbyshire, I would like you to consider the following two facts about Rich Lowry, who is a coward:

On Friday, coward Rich Lowry published a post over at The Corner and in it Rich Lowry, who is a coward, wrote:

Needless to say, no one at National Review shares Derb’s appalling view of what parents supposedly should tell their kids about blacks in this instantly notorious piece here.

Then, on Saturday Evening, coward Rich Lowry published another one in the same place, The Corner, where Rich Lowry, who is a coward, published the Friday one. This post by coward Rich Lowry read:

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.

Unlike all of the other posts published at The Corner, neither of these two written by coward Rich Lowry allow for comments to be made.

Comments are forbidden.

That coward Rich Lowry refuses to let we loyal readers of The Corner [and some of us are also long-time subscribers to National Review Magazine] comment on Rich Lowry’s decision should tell you and prove to you that Rich Lowry is a coward .

Even those of you who agree with Rich Lowry’s decision are not allowed to offer your support.

Princeton University’s WordNet 3.0 and the Collins Thesaurus Of The Enlish Language offer the following words as being very similar in mean to the word ‘coward‘…

cur, craven, poltroon, trembler,
milksop, Milquetoast, pantywaist,

sissy, pansy, vacillator, wimp,
chicken, scaredy cat, pussy, yellow-belly

While they all certainly apply to Rich Lowry, I think the most accurate and powerful one still is coward.

UPDATE at 1939…

Lowry has published the following, late this afternoon, over at The Corner:

I shut off the comments on my posts over the weekend because there was no one to moderate them (so most comments would have stacked up unposted). Have at it, if you haven’t already somewhere else on NRO.

Too little, too late.  He could have found some way around his dilemma, such as personally moderating comments himself remotely.  Lowry knew this would be a very controversial move and that we NRO readers would want to have our opinions heard by him and his staffers, but he chose to make the announcements and leave us hanging.  At the very, very least, he could have put a note at the end of both posts explaining why the Comment Sections were closed.  His actions are another indicator of his incompetence as an executive.

21 Comments
  1. 09 April 2012 @ 15:26 15:26

    I agree with Lowry’s judgement re Derbyshire, and I’m disappointed he doesn’t allow comments.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      09 April 2012 @ 20:25 20:25

      That would be the coward Rich Lowry of National Review right.

      • 09 April 2012 @ 21:02 21:02

        It is his right. I understand him not wanting to deal with comment moderation, but it is his job, after all.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    09 April 2012 @ 19:36 19:36

    He defended his decision on saying that weekend lack of staff would have left far too many comments in the moderation que. There’s now an open thread on this kerfuffle, and Mark Steyn did post a disagreement on the topic.

    • M. Thompson permalink
      09 April 2012 @ 21:25 21:25

      Also, weasel would be just as good.

      Add the appropriate epithets as desired.

    • 09 April 2012 @ 23:33 23:33

      Thanks, MT. I must have discovered these things the same time as you.

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    09 April 2012 @ 20:22 20:22

    When one googles the word coward Rich Lowry’s name doesn’t come up in the first 10 pages of entries. We shall have to work on this.

  4. 09 April 2012 @ 20:44 20:44

    Not sure I understand the gist of your post.
    Are you saying that Rich Lowry is a coward?

  5. 09 April 2012 @ 21:24 21:24

    I may be having comprehension problems. Can you confirm for me that Rich Lowry is a coward?

  6. 10 April 2012 @ 16:57 16:57

    I have no reading comprehension problems. Rich Lowry is a coward. Undoubtedly. The real problem is that this was predictable.

    Buckley was a doddard in his later years and utterly incapable of naming competent replacements for himself. He allowed idiots like Jonah Goldberg and Lowry to insinuate themselves and crawl under the skin of NR and feed like the ticks they are. Most the stable of writers over there are in over their heads, with Mark Steyn being the only real bright light. If Steyn is defending Derb, his days will be numbered as well. Styen, OTOH, has stature far beyond NR which is why they took him on.

    NR, as a Conservative mag, however, is dead in my eyes. It died before Buckley did.

  7. Adjoran permalink
    10 May 2012 @ 01:35 01:35

    This was the exact equivalent of the Chronicle of Higher Education firing Riley over a single blog post. Derb had been posting some incendiary stuff on other sites for years, there was no excuse to suddenly fire him – other than Lowry was too much of a punk to deal with the blowback from his legacy media pals.

    He punked out on the Zimmerman case, too. I understand Mr. Buckley’s gamble on him, but he just never grew up.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      10 May 2012 @ 07:11 07:11

      Can’t disagree with a word you wrote.

      Lowry is a panty-waisted punk.

  8. Brosephus permalink
    25 May 2012 @ 22:37 22:37

    I’m not a huge fan of Lowry but I’m appalled at what is being said. Lowry has been fighting for conservative principles for years and is entitled to make business and public relations moves. I’m completely disappointed at this type of bellyaching. As conservatives we can all do better that this. Personally, I believe that Lowry was right to fire Derbyshire and see no problem in disallowing comments, especially since he must have known that Derb would find landings elsewhere.

  9. 09 June 2012 @ 14:07 14:07

    Maybe Derbyshire’s article wasn’t over the line, but did you read some of the nasty, overtly racist comments his piece engendered? National Review would be committing suicide to associate themselves with these people, when the whole point of William F. Buckley’s career was to create a forum for conservatives that wasn’t racist and anti-semetic.

    • 09 June 2012 @ 16:29 16:29

      Are we supposed to blame John for what others write?

  10. Randy but mostly not out of control permalink
    13 August 2013 @ 20:49 20:49

    I just found this site today. Is it true that Mr. Lowry is a coward? I haven’t seen that claim before. It would be a shame if he is the worst sort of sniveling, scum-sucking, lowlife coward because I love his season salt.

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