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NYT Hires (Pretend) Conservative Columnist

From an irony-proofed New York Times:

Times Hires New Conservative Columnist

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
Published: March 11, 2009

The New York Times has hired Ross G. Douthat, a 29-year-old conservative writer and editor at The Atlantic, as an Op-Ed columnist, nearly two months after ending the yearlong run of another conservative columnist, William Kristol, officials at the paper said Wednesday.

Asked when The Times last had such a young columnist, Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor, said, “I don’t think ever.”

Mr. Douthat (pronounced DOW-thut) has written a popular blog for The Atlantic and articles in the magazine, as well as being a senior editor there, and he has had articles published in other publications. He is also the author of the books “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (Hyperion, 2005) and, with Reihan Salam, “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (Doubleday, 2008).

His writing steers away from partisanship — he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine, showing a concern for income inequality that is usually the terrain of more liberal writers. On abortion, he said in an interview, “I’m sort of a squishy pro-lifer,” interested in finding areas of compromise. He initially favored the war in Iraq, but later opposed it.

Mr. Douthat will begin writing columns online in mid-April, but his job will soon include columns in the paper and a blog, he and Mr. Rosenthal said.

So this who the New York Times has hired to be the “conservative” voice on the Newspaper Of Record.

A “non-partisan” kid who nobody has ever heard of, who is concerned about “income inequality,” and who is “squishy” on abortion and who is against the war in Iraq.

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT Hires (Pretend) Conservative Columnist”

  1. catie

    Well as long as he does this ” he frequently criticizes Republicans” he’ll do just fine at the Times.

  2. Right of the People

    On the other hand, who cares? I wouldn’t use the Slimes to wrap fish in, I have more respect for them than that. Here’s to hoping the grand old Gray Slut dies a quick but painful death, preferably from some social disease.

  3. Confucius

    The term “conservative” should be trademarked and protected by a cartel of bona fide conservatives. This way, anyone calling themself a conservative when they aren’t can be sued into oblivion.

    The cartel could have made a fortune this past election cycle.

  4. Consilience

    The folks over at NRO are crowing about the “good luck” of Douthat, which is odd. I’ve read his writing and he should nicely replace the pseudo-conservative Bill Kristol and his twin brother Fred Barnes…

  5. TwilightZoned

    “…he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine…”

    Call me a cynic but could this be another ploy to pit conservatives against one another to destroy the Republican party? The dems seem hell bent on getting rid of conservatives by any means possible so they can run riot.

  6. Consilience

    The NYTs is hemorrhaging cash, but then again they are a bunch of socialists—-never mind….this guy won’t make a hill-of-beans of difference; and he isn’t conservative…

  7. Colonel1961

    Concerned about income inequality? How about the inequality of responsibility? Far more pressing, in my opinion…

  8. artboyusa

    I’ve heard of him and believe me, he’s another fine, thoughtful conservative in the tradition of John McCain, George W Bush, Arnold Schwarzzeneger and …oops, did I say “conservative”?




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