The National Journal skipped a senior writer's weekly column after he wrote a piece praising Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr without saying Starr had recently offered him a job.

Stuart Taylor, who has frequently written columns supportive of Starr, said his column was not appearing this week, at his editor's suggestion, "to cool off" and that he "blew it" by not telling his editors right away that he was negotiating with Starr about a job."I have come to the realization that I blew it," said Taylor. "If I had told him we would have figured out a way to do it to avoid perception problems."