Eric Alterman has moved his blog Altercations over to TheNation.com from Media Matters. This is the third stop in over six years for the blog, having begun at MSNBC before moving over to Media Matters in 2006. In today’s post Alterman takes a swipe at newly departed Times columnist Bill Kristol.
When the Times was overwhelmed by complaints for the insult Kristol represented to its readership, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, speaking to Politico, dismissed all criticism of this “serious, respected conservative intellectual” as “intolerant,” “absurd,” and indicative of a “weird fear of opposing views.”
Despite post-Jayson Blair promises of greater transparency, the Times itself offered no new coverage of the controversy, and none of Kristol’s colleagues on the page apparently thought it wise to weigh in, either.
Now, apparently, Rosenthal has come around to the views of his critics. Kristol was a failure as a columnist and a weekly embarrassment to the paper. Where’s the apology?