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Kristol Out As NYT’s Token Conservative

From those defenders of the faith at the New York Times:

Kristol Ends Times Op-Ed Column

Published: January 26, 2009

William Kristol, the conservative columnist, and The New York Times have quietly ended their relationship after little more than a year, the newspaper said on Monday.

A single sentence printed below Mr. Kristol’s column in Monday’s paper broke the news: “This is William Kristol’s last column.” His column, itself, made no reference to his departure, and the paper did not release a statement.

“It was mutual agreement,” Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor, said in an interview. “We discussed this before the election, and decided that we would end now.”

As for whether The Times would find another conservative voice for its Op-Ed page, Mr. Rosenthal said: “Sadly, I can’t answer that question, except to say stay tuned. We have some interesting plans.”

The editor of The Weekly Standard magazine and a regular contributor to Fox News, Mr. Kristol is known for sharply partisan commentary, and at times he has disparaged The Times. The newspaper’s decision to sign him to a one-year contract as a columnist drew intense criticism, particularly from the left, as did many of the columns he wrote.

In The New Yorker, George Packer wrote that Mr. Kristol “didn’t take his column seriously,” and that he frequently made predictions and statements that were proved wrong.

In November, Mr. Kristol told Portfolio.com, “I’m ambivalent” about the prospect of continuing to write the Times column. “It’s been fun,” he said, adding, “It’s a lot of work.”

Apparently, even the tepid conservatism of Mr. Kristol proved to be too much for the Solons at the New York Times.

So much for the gorgeous mosaic of diversity. In least in the realm of ideas.

Perhaps The Times doesn’t want any distractions, however minor, while Mr. Obama is “making history.”

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Kristol Out As NYT’s Token Conservative”

  1. Confucius says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Obama dining with Kristol last week.

  2. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Let Pravda run without its fig leaf. How any “conservative” could consider working at a paper that is not merely leftist, but delights in undermining US national security, is beyond me.

  3. Golem says:

    They already have a conservative.* Why do they need another?

    It looks like Ann Althouse has volunteered her services. I kinda like Ann, but she did end up voting for Obamessiah. http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/real-grounds-for-firing-kristol-are.html

    H/T Instapundit: http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/67613/

  4. xdannyh says:

    the major schmoose papers are “panting at the gate” over the possibility of their getting in on the stimulus, bailout, free money grab, whatever you want to call it, because of their importance to the “free” society. So a little housecleaning, would be in order so as to not jeopardize their place at the trough.

    • proreason says:

      I call it the Depression Stimulus Act.

      But you have a good point about the housekeeping. The Moron won’t want an arch conservative like Bill Kristol (ha ha) on the Paper of Treason when he pays them off for their mightly effort. After all, they did sacrifice about 40% in circulation during the campaign, as people found other sources for barf bags. Particularly so considering Bill hasn’t used the proper reverential tones since the Moron staightened out his lessers at dindin the other night.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Actually, from 12:00 to 12:10, Condoleeza Rice was the first black president, and the first woman president, and the first black woman president! So obamy can take his claim and stuff it, as can Hillary. Condi outdid them both, and did a much better job in ten minutes than either one of them will do in the next four years.

  6. jobeth says:

    Of course they canned Kristol. The silly man kept confusing the masses with truth!

    Can’t have that now can they.

    I mean it was so clear how the masses were supposed to believe until HE gummed up the works with his truthfull facts and figures!

    Good grief…there is nothing worse than a bleeding heart, Obamanut wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out what to believe when confronted with truth!

    Bet their head hurt everytime they read his column. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste use”.

  7. ballawana13 says:

    The NY Slimes just added to the death knell that exists with its own existence. More of this and they will slip into a coma before declaring Chapter 11.

    • proreason says:

      Prediction: the Slimes will be bailed out.

      This isn’t even close to a risky bet.

      The Slimes WILL be paid off for sacrificing it’s circulation as part of the cabal that selected The Moron.

      The country has PBS. The country has NPR. Soon the country will have the Slimes (and others).

      It will be our own little Pravda government oress agency….dedicated to the perpetuation of serfdom for you and I, and wealth beyond the Romanoff’s wildest dreams for the Moron’s puppet masters.

  8. Alice L. says:

    I read that Anne Applebaum also voted for O. What a two-faced poor excuse of a writer she turned out to be. I hope she is happy with Zero’s appease please inverview with Al Aribiya. I have the same low regard for Peggy Noonan although she has confessed to having voted for McCain. Her attacks on Palin were over the top. The other two faced phony is Kathleen Parker who apparently is troubled that her husband finds Governo Palin attractive.

    • JohnMG says:

      When Kathleen Parker looks as she does, it is understandable that she would be upset with her husband’s assessment of Sarah Palin’s attractiveness. ;-}

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