Bill Kristol: Controversial Times Pick


Bill Kristol’s new position as Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times — broken by The Huffington Post — is already polarizing anti-neoconservative sentiment online, in print and in the blogosphere. Media Matters for America, a self-described progressive information source, has compiled a list of Kristol’s errors. Katha Pollitt of The Nation, writes:

”What this hire demonstrates is how successfully the right has intimidated the mainstream media. Their constant demonizing of the New York Times as the tool of the liberal elite worked. (Maybe it also demonstrates that the people in charge of the decision aren’t so liberal.) I’m sure we’ll hear a lot about the need for balance at the paper — funny how the Wall Street Journal doesn’t feel the need to have even one resident liberal, but fine, let’s have balance.”

Michael Calderone writes in Politico:

”But Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal sees things differently.

”Rosenthal told Politico shortly after the official announcement Saturday that he fails to understand ‘this weird fear of opposing views.’

”’The idea that The New York Times is giving voice to a guy who is a serious, respected conservative intellectual — and somehow that’s a bad thing,’ Rosenthal added. ‘How intolerant is that?”’

Our colleagues at FishbowlDC ask you to vote on what you think about Kristol at The Times. Kristol begins weekly New York Times Op-Ed duties on January 7th.

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