Kathryn Jean Lopez informs us that she’s leaving New York and her post as editor of National Review Online and moving to DC to become editor-at-large. Rich Lowry, who has run NR’s print operation since William F. Buckley, Jr. stepped down in 1997, will be assuming her current duties.
No word on what this means for NRO’s editorial direction. I’d like to see it take a few steps back in the direction of being the intellectual home of conservatism but that seems vanishingly unlikely.
The leftist commentators thus far, in addition to saying some dreadful things about KLo, seem to think this is an indication that NR is tightening its belt and proof that conservative opinion magazines can’t sustain themselves on the free market. Given that we have no information about the new pay structure, I see no reason to think the former. The latter is doubtless true but we can strike the modifier “conservative.” No opinion magazine of any stripe has been profitable in my lifetime; they’re all subsidized in some fashion.