A Family Affair
New York Times’ editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal explains why he hired Bill "Way Wronger Than Judith Miller" Kristol:
A day after the Huffington Post first reported it, The New York Times has announced that it has indeed hired conservative pundit, and Fox News analyst, Bill Kristol, as a new regular op-ed columnist.
Liberal bloggers had been up in arms over the move. Kristol said, in an interview with Politico.com, it gave him some pleasure to see their "heads explode." Kristol was perhaps the most influential pundit of all in promoting the U.S. invasion of Iraq and has strongly defended the move ever since.
Times’ editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal defended the move. Rosenthal told Politico.com shortly after the official announcement Saturday that he fails to understand “this weird fear of opposing views….We have views on our op-ed page that are as hawkish or more so than Bill….
“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?”
Like Bill Kristol (and John Podhoretz, and Jonah Goldberg and Mark Halperin) Andrew Rosenthal is a legacy hire, so let’s not even pretend that we’re talking about a meritocracy here. Why work hard and be smart and when your last name is the Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s House of Media Aristocracy? So, of course Andy doesn’t understand why people might take offense at his hiring a man whose name might as well be Billkristolisfuckingwrongabouteverything. Sure it’s not like Kristol was being hired as a straight news reporter where facts are everything, unless you’re Judith Miller, but he might have considered hiring someone with a passing acquaintance with things like the real world where there are consequences for being wrong and being stupid and the idea that you can smirk your way through the bloody consequences is not acceptable. But, no. Kristol and Rosenthal are mirror images of each other; both born on third and still wondering why the other kids never pick them first when choosing up sides.
As for being "intolerant"; I’m intolerant of people who lie, who are wrong and can’t admit it, who are willfully stupid, who blithely get by on their name and believe that it imbues them with some special insight not available to the hoi poloi. I’m intolerant of a stunted inbred media aristocracy that is breeding itself into a drooling navel-gazing oblivion faster than the House of Windsor. I’m intolerant of people who seem to believe that liberals or progressives or whatever they want to call themselves are supposed to be tolerant of rank stupidity and deceit.
And I’m intolerant of Andrew Rosenthal for treating his customers like they are morons.
A " a serious, respected conservative intellectual" my ass…