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Posts Tagged ‘William F. Buckley’

Douthat Prepares for NYT Op-Ed Page Destiny

090330_douthat_nytimes_223.jpgMichael Calderone has a nice interview up with the New York Times‘ 29 year old incoming columnist Ross Douthat. Some highlights:

  • “Those of us who have known him for a while have joked that his destiny was to be the conservative on The New York Times editorial page,” said associate editor Marc Ambinder.

  • Douthat, who once went skinny-dipping with William F. Buckley, will be facing an audience more likely to share political views with Frank Rich than with the late National Review founder. “I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by liberals,” Douthat said, “so hopefully it won’t be a difficult adjustment.”

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Christopher Buckley on Reliable Sources: ‘The Discourse has Become a Little Calcified and Sclerotic’

buckleysource.pngOn this weekend’s Reliable Sources former National Review columnist (and son of its founder) Christopher Buckley discussed his decision to endorse Barack Obama in Tina Brown‘s newly launched The Daily Beast (a decision that resulted in his resignation): “How could I not write an endorsement in a publication called The Daily Beast? But the fact of the matter is I have a new column in The Daily Beast. I went to some pains in that endorsement to point out that I was not writing it for National Review so as to create — well, to use a rather right-wing word, some lebensraum, a little breathing space for National Review.

He also discusses what his father, William F. Buckley‘s reaction might have been were he alive: “My dad was a tower of tolerance. What pup, as I used to call him, would have done in this situation was he would have devoted six pages in the next issue of “National Review” to denouncing me, and it would have made for some pretty lively discourse and good journalism.”

Buckley also got some ink devoted to him on the front page of the Times venerable Style section where he described the past year as “annus horribilis.” Watch his CNN segment after the jump.

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