Can We Finally Admit That “The National Review” Has Always Been a Ghastly Fraud?

Maybe a bigger question is how so many of us could have been fooled for so long, but more importantly who else is STILL fooling us today? Fox News makes that list, as does a lot of “conservative” outlets such as Breitbart (they still employ Michelle Fields thereby religating themselves to a “Gawker” click-bait status but for a conservative audience) and others such as Allahpundit and ALL of his online blogger ‘friends’ who enforced their own “no Pam Geller rule” over the years. By now we all know who you are, thanks to Trump. If you want to know how a “conservative movement” that had the overwhelming support of most working Americans never seemed to go anywhere, over a period of several decades, it was because of intentional, long-term internal sabotage of our very ideas by our own standard bearers and leaders that were in on the fix, and profited by it.

NRO went from my “occasional read, but only if someone links to it” list to my “never read under any circumstances” list back when they fired John Derbyshire for his brutally honest and courageous column titled “The Talk: Nonblack Version” (BTW, the Derb’ is what REAL journalistic courage looks like). However if I was really paying attention, I should have blacklisted them back in 2001 when they ‘constructively’ fired Ann Coulter for her follow-up to her “This is War” column. Personally I think they had been looking to get rid of her since her Sept 14th 2001 “This is War” column ran, but politically couldn’t pull it off in the immediate wake of 9/11 without ‘outing’ themselves as who they really were.

I am still curious as to when the NRO changed? When did they fully become the “managed opposition” that is: no real opposition at all, ‘just the facade of one? I suspect that NRO has been exactly that for a very long while, decades even. Maybe they have not been authentic since the Reagan administration, or even longer? If it has been that long, and well within the life of William F. Buckley, then we really must consider him a top-to-bottom fraud as well considering his great “purge” (October 1965) where his ideological competitors were denounced as “racists”, “nutcases”, and worse. He was never any opposition or proponent of conservative thought, he was just the figleaf that the establishment could point to him and say “look, we have our principled opposition too!”

Apparently how you advance within conservative literary circles is by being expected to eat your own, where the last remaining un-eaten (read least-conservative but most pragmatically self-serving of them all) gets their “golden ticket” out of the conservative ghetto as a reward for ruthlessly doing the dirty work that the establishment default-left cannot do. We truly have few influential friends in the world.

All of this so-far leads to this week’s column in NRO that explicitly states that poor, working class Whites need to be somehow be exterminated out of existence by the excretable Kevin D. Williams.

Kevin D. Williams will keep his job, even though he wants many of us to die. Thus is the state of “principled conservatism” today in that it is neither. Will this be HIS ticket out of the ghetto? I can soon imagine him pleading for an invite to a swanky career-boosting Manhattan cocktail party with the line “but I advocated the murder of poor whites for you that might have otherwise have voted for Trump”. These people are not, and have never been your friends anymore than the rancher that fattens his cattle for slaughter are the cow’s “friends”. These people just see you as a resource to be farmed, and then when you are of no further economic value to them, it’s off to the slaughterhouse with you to be made into fillets.

Screw ’em all, and start keeping lists, just in case.

  • General P. Malaise

    almost all blogs that started out conservative have been co-opted by the left and the establishment. was bought out before Brietbart was cold and in the ground. the national review was always a tool of the establishment. and buckley was always an elitist and vanguard for the one world group.

    there are some private blogs who have remained true to their original beliefs, this is one and so is the conservative treehouse. many others like the national review and american thinker, have been co-opted.

    when I see those attack Trump with the lies of FOX news and Cruz and Cruz supporters then I know they are aligned with the left and the elitists who control the GOPe.

    Cruz is as dirty and dishonest as is hillary or obama. Cruz wrote the language to give obama control of the trade agreements bypassing the senate. what a traitor!

  • Martin B

    You’ve got their number.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …those “no-links to Pam Geller” pussies…all scared of a little woman.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      When I read about that a few years ago, I went ballistic, but it also confirmed that many suspicions that I had, were more accurate than I previously would allow myself to believe.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    When you start to apply the rationality test, all sorts of things abjectly fail it, and after a long enough time, you need to ask questions, and sometimes very difficult questions.
    Conservative beliefs are shared by the vast majority of North Americans, yet until Trump came along and bypassed most of the Media and all of Conservitive Inc., he has been a raging success.
    Why, other than some Trump supporters, are we all not asking “why is this so”, because it’s a very important question that gets at the heart of our problem, and we have much to learn for the repeated failures of the various liberation movement that spawned and died in the communist block from the 1930’s until Soviet style communism imploded and all of the controls disappeared overnight, then the liberation took off like a rocket.
    What turned out to be the case was not only all of the media state owned (and everyone knew that already, especially those living behind the iron curtain) but that every single of these movements were penetrated and compromised.
    The communists were smart, and they didn’t put all of the dissidents in jail, but they did make sure that their careers went nowhere, and they kept the less vociferous members chasing their own tail and compromised the leadership into perusing unproductive strategies so they forever remained no real threat to the established political order.

    This is what has happened to us!
    Sure, we not have ANY influence in or with the mainstream media and that has been harmful, but it doesn’t explain ALL of the harm.
    We also have compromised leaders, and they are being exposed by their irrational opposition and outright lying to thwart the Trump candidacy.
    In the past the ideological frauds were not easy to spot, especially if they were skilled and limited their perfidious behavior.
    Trump has made that concielment now virtually impossible, and that is his greatest gift to all of us.

    • I don’t know that I would include Breitbart on that list.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I thought long and hard about that one, but with the antics of Ben Shapiro (getting paid by a Ted Cruz donor kind of explains a lot) and Michelle Fields (and their indefinite suspension of one of their own staff that questioned her version of events), I felt that their inclusion was warranted.
        The Breitbart that is around today is not the same publication that it was when he was alive.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I think Breitbart is not beyond the pale, yet.
          Michelle Fields has played her hand of a pair of nines into the Trump card of a candidate being targeted for assassination.
          She should shut up and make amends.
          People got hurt in Chicago far worse than she did at the rally she attended.
          This is serious business and she’s acting like some idealistic leftist about to get flattened by a bulldozer.

          • lolwut?

            Michelle isn’t a reporter, she’s part of the leftist street theater crowd pretending to be one.

            She and several others were staging falls at Occupy and claiming cops were attacking reporters.

            She chased and touched Trump knowing full well someone
            would have grabbed her.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            But, I’ve been watching her on PJTV for the last couple of years.

          • lolwut?

            Watch and see, there will be a shakeup at PJTV soon enough, it’s been infested with lefty bullshitters for a while.

            Scott Ott if you watch and listen to him enough is a pretend conservative.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’ve mainly been wondering about Bill Whittle.
            He’s changed his tone lately about Trump.
            I’m wondering if he’s been told that if he wants to continue paying his mortgage he’s got to fall in line.

          • lolwut?

            Whittle is pretty much the only one left and the smartest of the bunch.

            Given the number of connections he has, he isn’t on a leash at PJTV
            it’s just another venue for his message to him.

            I see him ditching in a few years.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Wherever he ends up I will watch him.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Andrew Klavan lost me the other day.

          • lolwut?

            Between the Ben Shapiro and Klavan videos.

            There’s going to be a lot of questions about what’s going on at Breitbart and PJTV.

          • occupant 9

            Me too.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I didn’t know about the Occupy stunts.

        • True enough, but a range of opinion still exists so that is not in itself a bad thing.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            A true range of opinion I always welcome, especially when it comes to policy differences.
            I DO get really bothered by people that hide double-dealing behind a false mantle of piety.
            Like the Spencer and Geller blackballing, it was done solely because it was bad for business to give either of them any oxygen.
            That would fail the principled stand test as far as I’m concerned.

            Now, I entirely believe that it is possible to have a principled stance and to support Ted Cruz. I don’t agree with it, but I can at least imagine it.

            I don’t think Ted Cruz supporters are the devil incarnate, much like I DO think of Hillary supporters, and most of Sander’s supporters who seem to be the evil leading the retarded.
            Neither group gets any respect from me.

            Now, what about the Rubio supporters?
            The guy is obviously a spoiler, and a tool of the machine, who also has no chance of winning and a political vision that is not necessarily THAT different from a Hillary Presidency.
            What would you call that bunch?
            What would you think of them if their sole reason for supporting Rubio were that it put more money into their pocket at great cost to us?
            That sounds pretty evil too, when you get right down to it.

            The choices are pretty damn stark these days.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Everything we needed to know about Rubio was that after he was elected as a TEA party candidate he became the champion of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill.
            He says his father was a bartender.
            I’ve been a bartender.
            Rubio should end up being a bartender.

        • lolwut?

          Michelle Fields has been through this before.

          She accused Allen West of grabbing her ass and claims cops attacked her at Occupy Wall Street using a still photo of 2 cops helping her up after she did a staged fall as proof.

          Michelle and several other “Reporters” were doing this sort of thing at Occupy.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            All of this stuff is EASILY discernable by anyone that bothered to look, but let’s say that she “had friends” who recommended her, and she interviewed well, and had a good rolodex, and she was hired anyway.
            OK, I can see that, it happens all of the time.

            What I find as UTTERLY INEXCUSABLE, and is impossible to overlook, is why she is still there, and why she is being defended, and why are those at Breitbart who merely questioned her explanation of events find themselves on the outside looking in.
            THAT’S that part that really bothers me.

            All of those actions are the result of a calculated and thoughtful process by the management of Breitbart that is intentionally following a very deliberate path.
            I believe that they are all bucking for a better gig in the mainstream media, and the surest way down that career path is to destroy and then denounce their fellow conservatives.
            If you start at a conservative publication, that’s how you get a head in a media industry dominated by left wing ideology.
            Michelle Fields should have been shown the door by day-three of her rancid story, yet she remains.
            It is as if we are at a carnival game and the “conservative game booth” is just as rigged as the ‘weighted milk bottle’ game.
            We just can’t win, however others win, but we never are told that they are the friends and shills of the carnival barker.
            For some reason, we just can never knock them all down as readily as we should or as easily as that reporter with big boobs can.
            Odd that!
            I say we are being scammed!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Management is telling them to shut the fuck up.
            Like teachers, do you remember when there were male journalists?

        • lolwut?

          PJTV is doing the same, it’s heading towards clickbait, joining the jump on Trump train.

          Whittle doesn’t seem to be going there, so I’m willing to bet there will be a bit of a shakeup soon.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Breitbart is in flux.

    • Shebel

      Trump is actually helping and promoting both the Middle class and the Poor—
      The Rich carpetbaggers, Know this— and
      Will do everything in their immense Power to STOP him.

      • John

        Trump draws the ire of both Republicans and Democrats ( The Politburo) because they consider him a traitor to his class. Trump has also given a voice to the millions and millions of Whites who’ve been basically disenfranchised for the past 30 years.

        A galvanized popular will is the greatest threat to the Beltway Establishment and the crony capitalists that currently call the shots.

        To the extent Trump subverts this clique, he’ll be demonized.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Cruz and Rubio blaming the victim instead of the rapist is pretty much all I need to confirm what you say.

  • Jose M Ruiz
    • Drunk_by_Noon

      An un-tenured Harvard Professor who doesn’t like Trump!?
      Yes, his opinion like totally changed my mind.
      Thanks dude!

      PS: too bad his own readers are savaging in him in his own comments section.

      • Jose M Ruiz

        So snobbish and crazy.

  • Sid Falco

    The UK version of Breitbart isn’t so bad – it breaks a lot of stories that would otherwise be hidden.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yes they do, in the UK.

      • Sid Falco

        The alternatives in the UK are few and far between.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Likely there are no alternatives in the UK.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Actually, the UK media seem to wear their affiliations on their sleeves and seem to have the most in depth stories.
            I read more about Canada and the United States in the UK press before I ever see it from Canada and the United States.

          • Justin St.Denis

            It’s the British MSM’s strategy to divert attention from what is happening in/to Britain. That aside, I agree with you 100%.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And that’s why I stopped watching East Enders and Coronation Street.

  • Dana Garcia

    Snooty conservative elites are no better than their liberal counterparts. They simply don’t give a damn about blue collar Americans. It’s all about class.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I don’t even think it’s that deep.
      I think the explanation is expectation of future career advancement and sometimes monitary support and positive peer recognition in the shorter term.
      The equation seems to be the more harm you do to fellow conservatives, the higher (the invisible hand) allows you to rise.
      Just look at the list of “conservatives” whose careers went abutely nowhere, for years, but as soon as they start voicing the right opinions, they suddenly start going places.
      Odd that!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That also explains academia.

  • BillyHW

    If there was ever a reason to read National Review, it ceased to exist after the Mark Steyn fiasco.

  • David Murrell

    Not to sound too nit-picky, picky — but it is Kevin D. Williamson who has carved out a career hatingTrump on N.R.O. And true, he does sound like an idiot. But after the forthcoming election dust has settled, we all should kiss snd make up. There are obvious differences across conservatives, but the war shoud be waged against Islam and their leftist-quisling supporters.

    After Hillary Clinton becomes Obana’s successor, conservatives should unite against her and her vasr,corrupt sport network. The same holds true here in Cansda. There is a vast corrupt establishment here to fight, and we cannot do it fighting each other.

  • Shebel

    Once euthanasia becomes the Norm —
    Death taxes will explode.

  • Brett_McS

    This is an apples and orange comparison. On one side are conservative principles and their exponents (good or bad) and on the other side is a say-anything demagogue of no principles whatsoever beyond getting elected.

  • Spatchcocked

    The editors and journos are praising Cruz to the skies today.
    They reckon he won’t destroy their sinecures.

    Quite a sea change….not very principled of them…..they thot that they could write nerf ball columns til the Resurrection…

    • occupant 9

      Cruz sided with Bill Ayers re: Trump so that would be a reason Ted is now a darling of sober-minded “conservativism.”

  • Allan

    Wow! I have been waiting for a thoughtful articulation of how I feel regarding NR. I was a subscriber up to 2009. The powers-that-be there have turned gutless and dare I say guilty of treason. First they came for Coulter and everyone remained silent. Then they came for…

    I see that a few folks below are getting pissed at Brietbart and I’m not sure it is well-founded criticism and certainly should not be criticized in the same thread as NR, (apples and oranges people). That said, the reason that I don’t concur is because Breitbart has opposing views/op-eds/ editors. No, it’s not your Father’s Breitbart but Andrew is gone, sorry. OK so it has changed. But riddle me this:

    What other publication is pushing/promoting Trump strongly yet has an, “editor-at-large” that hates Trump and writes damning articles about The Donald? This one example makes Breitbart, (still) refreshing, unique.and a beacon of free speech.

    Afterall, the only publication, (that I’m aware of) which never wavers, more or less self-funds, has to face vicious attacks against it’s page/server/founder,(including vexatious litigation), has been personally visited by the COPS at his residence for the crime of what we, “think” is freedom of expression and has clearly put truth ahead of personal financial and career gains is BLAZING CAT FUR!!

    Please note that I have no affiliation at all with BCF; I am simply a reader of the page. But I have a request; a reader to reader, human to human request. Please consider making a donation. I’m not asking for people to make a donation that will change their lifestyles; 5, 10, 20,100 bucks or hey, loose change!

    How many times have your read a story on BCF, copied the link and posted it on FB or emailed it to friends, family or business associates? I cannot start to count the number of folks that BCF has allowed me to, “wake-up”.

    PS. Don’t forget to suggest to like-minded, (and not) people to make BCF part of their morning routine! No doubt word-of-mouth is the best form of advertizing.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Once I get my kids out of the house I will have disposable income.

  • FactsWillOut

    Coop, you are far and away the best guest poster here.

    • Clink9

      And he jumped out of an airplane with $200,000!

  • Ghost Tiger

    You could see the tension between Reagan and Buckley when they debated the issue of American ownership of the Panama Canal,

    Reagan wasn’t President yet, Carter was still in the White House. Reagan argued passionately for retaining American ownership and Buckley acted like Carter’s spokesman using pseudo-intellectual gymnastics that remind me A LOT of the current rhetoric of the Canadian anchor baby, Ted Cruz. Reagan was vindicated as the situation in Panama eventually deteriorated. Reagan was right, Buckley was wrong. Buckley has always been a cuck stooge for the Democrats. Managed opposition indeed. And National Review was his baby. He birthed it.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Wow, Trump had 52000 people watching live on youtube for his Boca Raton rally.

  • Petrilia

    That one did it for me. Wait should for every white person any where. Imagine that this so called smarty pants pub criticized Christians, yes they did.Imagine them,these little weinies taking on Islam.. You don’t. COWARDS. Your magazineis2 months away from nothing. Because you are hypocrites and scared. White people are the problem? OK in the mirror and say your last hurrah.