Times Fills Kristol Slot: Ross Douthat of Atlantic

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 4:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – The New York Times has found its replacement for William Kristol’s column from the right—Ross Douthat of the Atlantic. Douthat, 29, will start mostly online next month but will eventually appear on Mondays opposite Paul Krugman, reports the Columbia Journalism Review, quoting a Times email. He’ll also blog for the paper, which he’d been doing for the Atlantic.

Writes Marc Ambinder, his soon-to-be-former colleague at the magazine: “Ross is a late-20s-year-old public intellectual with the sensibility of a 60-year eminence grise, the range of a Hitchens, the pitch of a conservative AJP Taylor, the conscience of a Neibuhr and the intellectual honesty of his frequent sparring partner, Andrew Sullivan.” And his name is pronounced dow-that, with a soft “th,” he notes. (Read more Ross Douthat stories.)