National Review

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The National Review is a formerly influential political newsmagazine, created by William F. Buckley in 1955 and currently edited by Rich Lowry. Along with the the American Spectator and the now-defunct Weekly Standard, it was once regarded as one of the Big Three of conservative magazines. Neither the National Review nor the Weekly Standard have been particularly conservative on social issues.

The National Review is dominated by Never Trumpers.[1] The National Review joined with liberals in criticizing a high school boy who peacefully stood his ground against political hostility. National Review was humiliated by having to pull its article that falsely attacked the Kentucky high students by claiming that they "might as well have just spit on the Cross."[2]

A writer who left the National Review, Victor Davis Hanson, explained his dismay with it: "I thought they would be champions of the middle class, but I don’t think they were. I don’t think they wanted to be."[3]

The National Review is somewhat neoconservative in philosophy, though not as neoconservative as the Weekly Standard was. The National Review is prominent in the Never Trump movement. It has promoted numerous left-wing policies.[4]

Early history

At the time of the Magazine's founding, National Review met with harsh criticism from progressive activists. Ranging anywhere from "fascist", "nazi", and other common epithets that they've been using for decades, they tried to marginalize the publication to prevent it from ever becoming successful.[5]

Four Horsemen of Progressivism

In 2009, National Review ran a series of four articles attempting to highlight the history of progressivism and how it relates to today.[6][7] They highlighted Richard T. Ely,[8] John Dewey,[9] Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,[10] and Herbert Croly.[11]

Shift to the Left

From its beginning, Buckley and the National Review moved to ostracize any conservative – usually strong, consistent conservatives, such as the John Birch Society and Ayn Rand, who disagreed with their moderate and internationalist version of "conservatism."[4] After the passing of Buckley, National Review drifted increasingly in favor of the "well-fed Right" that Buckley lamented so many years ago, being strongly in favor of Paul Ryan for House Speaker, and considering Mitch McConnell as the "best Republican Senate leader in a generation."[12] In 2008, former National Review contributor Wick Allison publicly endorsed the openly communist Barack Obama over neoconservative liberal darling John McCain, although the magazine itself did not endorse Obama.[13] It was home to many anti-Trump commentators during and after the 2016 presidential election.

National Review writer David French has attacked consistent conservatives, including Steve Bannon and Franklin Graham.[14]

See also

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