Is This Man Unfit to Print?

Times op-ed page's new conservative voice isn't putting staffers' worries to rest
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2008 2:30 PM CST
Is This Man Unfit to Print?
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the chairman and publisher of The New York Times Company, leaves the company's shareholders' meeting Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in New York. Shareholders delivered another rebuke to the New York Times Co., withholding as much as 42 percent of the vote for directors at the company's...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The criticism that rained down on the New York Times following the hiring of William Kristol as the op-ed page's second conservative voice not only hasn't died down, the New Republic reports, but is mounting—and the call is coming from inside the house. Multiple mostly anonymous current and former staff members blast what one calls " a very odd choice."

The paper's public editor callied the appointment "a decision I would not have made," a judgment backed by iconic Times right-wing voice William Safire. Kristol didn't help his case by making a factual error in his debut column, and the perception that he and his cohorts influenced the paper's approach to the Iraq war sticks in the craw of one "appalled" ex-employee "because he called for prosecuting the Times for treason." (Read more New York Times stories.)

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