Although in recent years, Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and perhaps one or two British newspapers have begun to provide strong competition, it is undeniable that The New York Times currently ranks as the world’s most influential and prestigious English-language newspaper. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that Saturday’s Times carried another op-ed by our blogger Razib Khan, his second in just the last few weeks. Two appearances in such order is certainly a very impressive achievement and I suspect that many writers at publications vastly more established and wealthier than our small one-year-old webzine are quite envious of such success. There are obvious advantages that adhere to a publication, however small, that forthrightly presents articles on those important and controversial topics that almost everyone else avoids. Becoming known as a farm club for the Great Gray Lady of New York would be a very welcome outcome of this project.
Meanwhile, our star blogger Steve Sailer has achieved remarkable success in recent weeks, likely being the individual who almost singlehandledly propelled the unraveling of the Great UVa Rape Hoax, which enormously humiliated Rolling Stone magazine and probably constitutes the greatest American media scandal of the last few years. Richard Bradley may be a card-carrying member of America’s established media elite, with a Harvard/Yale/New Republic background, author of a #1 national national best-seller, and founding editor of John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s George magazine. But when he first began raising serious doubts about RapeGate on his blog, absolutely no one paid any attention until Steve began highlighting and discussing the issue, whereupon it soon exploded into the front pages of our national newspapers. Perhaps financially-stressed newspapers might just replace their established media critics with unpaid interns who merely spend their days reading Steve’s blog. Certainly they’d have plenty of company, with Steve’s blog drawing in over 11,000 comments during December, many quite lengthy and detailed (though occasionally deranged), an astonishing achievement given the slowdown of the Holidays.
Meanwhile, I took a short break from my all-consuming software project of the last few months to do a little work on the website, updating the code and fixing a few bugs. I also added a small feature what I hope may enhance the readability of the long comment-threads. Many comments are made in reply to previous comments, and checking the content of the latter is sometimes inconvenient. So now when you hover your mouse over the “@Ron Unz” link to the previous comment within half a second a window opens showing that entire text and closes once you move your mouse away.
And with that major software project itself now close to public unveiling, I should be able to devote more time to The Review and hope to build on the success we’ve achieved in our first year of operation.