New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt led the Bill Kristol welcome wagon last Sunday with a piece graciously entitled, “He May Be Unwelcome, But We’ll Survive.” First Hoyt laid out New York Times readers’ reasoned reaction to the hire:
Of the nearly 700 messages I have received since Kristol’s selection was announced-more than half of them before he ever wrote a word for The Times-exactly one praised the choice.
Rosenthal’s mail has been particularly rough. “That rotten, traiterous [sic] piece of filth should be hung by the ankles from a lamp post and beaten by the mob rather than gaining a pulpit at ANY self-respecting news organization,” said one message. “You should be ashamed. Apparently you are only out for money and therefore an equally traiterous [sic] whore deserving the same treatment.”
As for Hoyt? “This is not a person I would have rewarded with a regular spot in front of arguably the most elite audience in the nation,” he sniffs. No false modesty over at the Times, apparently. And I’m sure Times readers would ultimately come to the same conclusion, both that they are elite–naturally, dahling–as exemplified by their willingness to hang rotten, traitorous pieces of filth from lamp posts for mob beatings…provided they’re Republicans, of course.
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