How dare you sully the New York Times with the words of someone with which I disagree!

Ask for it by nameThe “Public Editor” of the New York Times, Clark Hoyt, isn’t happy that the paper hired Bill Kristol as a columnist, but he’ll live with the choice.  In his column today, Hoyt lays it out in the headline, “He May Be Unwelcome, but We’ll Survive.”

Thank God the Times will survive!  We were worried there for a second.  But what of those poor Timesemployees who have to work at a paper knowing Bill Kristol writes for them once a week?  How will they ever manage to survive? 

Actually, aside from his title and his personal objection to Kristol because he called for an investigation of the Times for printing leaked classified information.  Hoyt says, “This is not a person I would have rewarded with a regular spot in front of arguably the most elite audience in the nation.”  Think a lot of themselves at the Times, don’t they?  By elite he must mean liberal…

What stands out more is Hoyt’s seeming cluelessness to the hatred of his own party for those who dare think differently.  Has he never spoken with any of the columnists at the Times?  Has he never read any of their pap?

What shocked him was the tone of the responses he got from readers:

Of the nearly 700 messages I have received since Kristol’s selection was announced – more than half of them before he ever wrote a word for The Times – exactly one praised the choice.

Rosenthal’s mail has been particularly rough. “That rotten, traiterous [sic] piece of filth should be hung by the ankles from a lamp post and beaten by the mob rather than gaining a pulpit at ANY self-respecting news organization,” said one message. “You should be ashamed. Apparently you are only out for money and therefore an equally traiterous [sic] whore deserving the same treatment.”

Kristol would not have been my choice to join David Brooks as a second conservative voice in the mix of Times columnists, but the reaction is beyond reason. Hiring Kristol the worst idea ever? I can think of many worse. Hanging someone from a lamppost to be beaten by a mob because of his ideas? And that is from a liberal, defined by Webster as “one who is open-minded.” What have we come to?

Come to?  Your side has been there since the days of Reagan, only now every left-wing fascist with a PC can spread their bile for the world to see.  Take a look at the comment section of Huffington Post, Daily Kosor any other “liberal” blog and just see the “tolerance.”

Could there have been a better choice than Bill Kristol?  Probably, but there’s always someone better out there (they can’t all be George Will).  But to cause such hatred for someone who comes to a paper with an admitted bias on their op-ed pages (I agree with their effort to address an Op-Ed lineup that, until Kristol came aboard, was at least six liberals against one conservative who isn’t always all that conservative) doesn’t show an exception to the rule of the Left, it is the rule of the Left.  Clark Hoyt needs to acquaint himself with the Internet so he knows what he’s talking about in the future.


2 Responses to “How dare you sully the New York Times with the words of someone with which I disagree!”

  1. January 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Clark Hoyt was correct in his op-ed. William the Bloody was a terrible choice for the Times to insert onto the op-ed section. Times readers don’t want him there. As far as the idea that liberals that liberals have no “tolerance” is ridiculous. The fights that liberals and conservatives have are not fights the liberals picked, you guys picked these fights! Take a long look at your own site and see the hatred. Every human has said some things that are outlandish, some even cruel. “I would love to see you go to the middle east, I would even pay for it, and then I would pay to have your dead body shipped back home”. Does that sound familiar? Kristol can keep his propaganda at Fox Noise and The Weekly Standard, “elite” Times don’t want it.

  2. 2 PJ
    January 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    In the infamous words of the Great Ronald Reagan “there you go again…” Ghost. Isn’t the press open to ALL points of view? Not just the ones you agree with. I really stopped reading all mainstream media and watching “news” programs due to the propaganda content. The New York Times = Pravda.

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