Apparently the announcement that Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol will be writing for the NYT’s Op-Ed page has caused “a frenzy” in the liberal blogosphere.
“The Gray Lady has been hijacked by neo-cons”!!111!!
Katha Pollitt of the Nation wants to be shot:
Just shoot me. First, it was Sam Tanenhaus, conservative editor of the New York Times Book Review being put in charge of the News of the Week in Review section. That means one conservative will determine how politics,culture and ideas are covered in TWO of the most important sections of the supposedly liberal newspaper of record.
Now, says the Huffington Post, the Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will be writing a weekly op-ed column. That’s Bill Kristol ,Fox commentator , editor of the the Murdochian agitprop factory Weekly Standard, blamed american liberals for the and the (!),propagandist in chief, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, relentless promoter of the war in Iraq , ideological bully and thug. This is the man who
And your problem is…????
who will say just about anything, however bizarre or illogical or wild or (I’m guessing) cynical, to push the only ideas in his head: everything bad is the fault of Democrats and never mind the question, war is the answer.
She then goes on to list some of Kristol’s standard conservative opinions on a host of topics which she treats as intolerable outrages, proving his unfitness for the job.
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?”
This Rosenthal person sounds like he might have some Neo-Con type leanings to be saying such things!
“I was flattered watching blogosphere heads explode,” Kristol told Politico. “It was kind of amusing.”
Unlike The Times’ stable of biweekly columnists — including Maureen Dowd and fellow Standard alum David Brooks — Kristol will write only once a week, with his first column set for Jan. 7.
Well, once a week is still obviously too much for our tolerant friends on the left!
Hat Tip: Lucianne