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Posts Tagged ‘William Kristol’

New York Times Names Douthat to Op-Ed Page

douthat2.jpgAfter much speculation it appears the New York Times has named Ross Douthat to fill William Kristol‘s recently vacated op-ed page slot. Douthat, who is currently part of the Atlantic.com‘s stellar online line-up, had been one of the names bandied about as a possible replacement, though some wondered whether his youth, he is only 29, could hurt his chances. Not so! But also an interesting (arguably risky) pick for the Times, one which, judging from the memo sounds like it might have been made with an eye to the online world.

According to Andy Rosenthal‘s memo — in full after the jump — Douthat will be joining the Times staff in mid-April where his will “will start out primarily online, but will soon be writing with increasing frequency, and then regularity, on the Op-Ed page, in the Monday slot opposite Paul. At some point, he’ll also resume his work as a blogger.” So there you have it. If you’re not already familiar with Douthat you can currently find him here.

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Obama Dines With Conservative Pundits, NYT White House Team Out in the Cold

610ggx.jpgSo! Last night Barack Obama broke the hearts of D.C. doyennes everywhere by choosing to attend his first Washington dinner party at the home of George Will! Talk about taking team of rivals to the extreme. Also in attendance were Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. So maybe keep your enemies closer is the theme here — as everyone knows Bill Kristol responds well to being wined and dined!

Also of interest? As a piece in Politico over the weekend pointed out, unlike President-elects of the past (including George W.), Obama has yet to hold a presser with the New York Times White House team (conservative op-eders notwithstanding!). Michael Calerdone caught up with Times political editor Dick Stevenson to ask him about Obama’s lack of presser love.

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William Kristol is Ambivalent About His Future at the New York Times

panel_11-18.BMPWilliam Kristol is apparently ambivalent about his future at the New York Times (according to Jeff Bercovici he was obviously embarrassed to be introduced at yesterday’s IFC panel as a Times columnist). Kristol, whose hiring by the Times earlier this year was met with great criticism, had this to say regarding his Times contract, which is up for renewal in January: “I’m ambivalent. It’s been fun. It’s a lot of work. I have a lot of things going on. But I haven’t really focused on it.” Uh huh, we are skeptical that anyone could truly be that ambivalent about giving up the most coveted op-ed real estate in newspapers, but maybe Kristol is trying to make a graceful-ish exit. That said, the New Yorker‘s George Packer thinks Kristol’s ambivalence is exactly why the Times should give him the boot:

The real grounds for firing Kristol are that he didn’t take his column seriously. In his year on the Op-Ed page, not one memorable sentence, not one provocative thought, not one valuable piece of information appeared under his name.

Meanwhile, back at the IFC panel (read TVNewser‘s coverage here) there were apparently some tense moments between Kristol and Pete Hamill over the Iraq War coverage. Video courtesy of TVNewser after the jump.

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The NYT Tightens Its Belt, Adds Bono to the Masthead

NYT annual reportgg-1.jpgLots of New York Times news to discuss today! You may recall, way back in the early days of August before Sarah Palin was even a glimmer in John McCain‘s eye, that we told you how the NYT Co. was under increases pressure to cut its dividends (simply put: “it has to stop paying its shareholders so much money and use some of its finite cash to pay off its bonds”). Bloomberg is now reporting the company is considering doing just that, or perhaps even dropping dividends altogether(!) after “reporting a loss on severance costs and a steeper drop in advertising sales.” Keep in mind that the NYT Co. has a $1.1 billion debt and pays the controlling Ochs-Sulzberger family a $25.1 million a year dividend. Time for some belt-tightening we thinks!

But that is not all, by a long shot. Because if you were the national paper of record, as well as (by far), the best example of how a newspaper should go about transitioning to the online world, and you found yourself struggling, what would you do? Hire a celebrity for your op-ed pages, of course!

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