Failing Upward

Friday, December 28th, 2007

William Kristol will apparently be the next regular columnist for the New York Times.

This would be the same William Kristol who for the last seven years—actually, for his entire life, really—has been wrong about just about everything.  Most recently and notably, he’s been wrong to the tune of a few thousand dead U.S. troops, who knows how many dead Iraqis, and what will likely be more than $1 trillion of U.S. tax dollars down the pisser.  And he’ll now have the most influential chunk of real estate in journalism from which to trumpet his perpetual wrongness.   Makes you wonder, exactly how many major screw-ups does a guy need to make in this town for people to stop taking him seriously?  Really.  What possible insights could William Kristol have left to fill two columns per week—particularly that aren’t already filling David Brooks’ space on the page?

It also means the roster of Times columnists will now run the full gamut of political opinion—from big government liberals (Dowd, Krugman, Herbert) to big government conservatives (Brooks, Kristol), to big government moderates (Kristof, Friedman).  Sadly, I think we’ve reached the point where many people, particularly in journalism, really do believe that this is the fullest possible range of respectable political opinion.

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13 Responses to “Failing Upward”

  1. #1 |  mike | 

    I’m guessing it was a rock-paper-scissors showdown between Kristol, Krauthammer, and Goldberg. When I read any of these guys, all I do is say “What? You idiots, how can you think that???!!!”. I don’t even bang my head anymore. When talking to friends and family I get blank stares. I send them links like Bushisms, Planet Moron, Onion, and of course Tom Tomorrow. (I’ve sent them the real sites like yours multiple times.) Even a blatant attack blog like Rude Pundit doesn’t get them going. They just shrug and think I’m overblowing things… Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Makes ya think, donut?

  2. #2 |  John Jenkins | 

    Doesn’t the Times also publish John Tierney? I think he falls outside the spectrum you listed, more toward the libertarian camp.

    I do think that you are wrong about the influence of the paper, though. The only people particularly influenced by it are those who already agree with its editorial positions. Everyone else knows that what’s being published is largely crap. It’s too easy to get information from people actually in the field now without having it filtered through outlets like the Times (see, e.g., your reporting in Mississippi, Michal Totten in Lebanon, Israel & Iraq, Michael Yon in Iraq, etc.).

    Why should I give a shit about what a “reporter” says, when I can listen to a witness?

  3. #3 |  greenish | 

    Yeah, Tierney’s there, but not in the Op-Ed pages anymore.

  4. #4 |  teri stewart | 

    when mike huckabee is awarded president you liberal scumbags will not have the rite to post garbage blogs like this any more. burn in hell

  5. #5 |  alec | 

    The editorial board of the NYT will also run the gamut of more wars for Israel, please (Dowd, Krugman, Herbert), to more wars and unconditional support for Israel (Kristof, Friedman), to please just merge Israel with the United States and blow up every country within a 2000 mile radius of Israel (Brooks, Kristol).

  6. #6 |  CK | 

    Fast forward to Jan 2009 and the inauguration of President Ron Paul. Enjoy the schadenfruede. Picture the screaming apoplexy of the NYT editorial pages for the following 8 years as it passes from semi-relevance to senescense to economic death.

  7. #7 |  Bill D | 

    “when mike huckabee is awarded president you liberal scumbags will not have the rite to post garbage blogs like this any more. burn in hell”

    A quote like this is really funny. A cry of support for the most Christian candidate followed by condemnation, then a wish that the person burn in hell. So much that a good Christian should not do: judgement and no compassion.

    I really wonder how people like this think. So…. angry, and mean, and really lacking any spiritual essence.

    I think its going to be a tight race in 2008 and columnists could play a bigger role this year because the differences betweent the candidates are probably smaller than they’ve ever beend. Its going to be about personality more than issues and op-ed pages will likley have more say on that than anything else right now.

    I’d love to see Obama vs. McCain. That could drive some real discourse.

  8. #8 |  yoda M | 

    Dont ever doubt for a second that corporations control mainstream media…but on the bright side, dead tree journalism is dying…

  9. #9 |  John Jenkins | 

    Wow, this thread degenerated fast, with the (fake?) Huckabee supporter who doesn’t understand our electoral system (no one is “awarded” the presidency, the electors vote), the raging anti-semite (note: Israel is not the cause of all of, or likely any of, our problems, it is at best a scapegoat, and in this case I do feel confident with the accusation of anti-semititsm), right down to the (fake?) Paulite who has to understand that, while Ron Paul has some decent positions, he has some that don’t fly (see, e.g., trade, monetary policy) and has the same chance to be our next president as I do, and I am not yet 35).

  10. #10 |  Chris Bray | 

    I was in Vancouver a few months ago, and picked up a copy of a local paper to get an alternative to the Los Angeles Times and our regular local op-ed diet of Max Boot and Jonah “Typing with Both Thumbs” Goldberg. And the main essay on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Sun…

    Was Jonah Goldberg’s column.

    So, yeah. Newspapers? Long past being merely dead. I quit.

  11. #11 |  Chris Bray | 

    Although maybe I’ll miss Jonah and William the Bloody when Mike Huckabee is awarded preznit of the gubmint and takes away our reading rites. The horror!

  12. #12 |  Hudson, US | 

    Physicians, heal Thyselves…

    To close out the year, The New York Times opines today in its lead editorial:We can only hope that this time, unlike 2004, American voters will have the wisdom to grant the awesome powers of the presidency to someone who…

  13. #13 |  AJGold | 

    Great way to pimp out your blog in SA

    I totally respect ya, bro