Monday, January 26, 2009

Yes, Virginia, Even A Stopped Clock Is More Accurate Than Little Billy Kristol

We couldn't stay on the DL, anchoring the sofa, in a wave of wonderful power naps, without jumping in on this one.

It came down today, that the New York Times was ending their subsidy of The Weekly Standard, gainfully, if not painfully, employing their editor, William "Little Billy" Kristol, for the past year, to promulgate the propaganda of The Weekly Standard, on the Op-Ed pages of the aforementioned, New York Times.

Funny, they never did alter their motto, to "All The Bullshit Fit To Print".

The running thread that kept popping up today, as Attaturk noted, on Firedoglake, in his post And how’d that work out for you?;

The most significant and intelligent part of Bill Kristol's column in the New York Times wasn't written by him.

This is William Kristol’s last column.
Well, his last column in the NYT, as Think Progress (and others) are reporting that The Washington Post will pick up on the journalistic bailout, having Little Billy on their pages, on monthly basis.

I guess they don't mind that Time Magazine, and now the NYT, have given him his pink slip.

Kristol was one of the Right Wing Freak Show's loudest cheerleaders for The Bush Grindhouse, and their invasion and occupation of Iraq, and, using his sterling judgment, backstopped and waved the pom poms for The Wasilla Whiz Kid, ushering her into the Dead Campaign Express.

Yes, Virginia, Even A Stopped Clock Is More Accurate Than Little Billy Kristol ...

It's one thing, tossing off scraps for the Flying Monkeys, they eat up everything, especially the false and untrue, like happy soup.

But he was now tied to the strings of the Grey Lady's dress, and the errors kept coming, and coming, and coming, earning them headlines, such as "The NYT's latest Kristol embarrassment.

Jesus, he even took to dissing the NYT, while he was getting a paycheck from them!

As Steve Clemmons rhetorically asked; "Why are any of the majors publishing Kristol on a continuous basis when he has his perch at the Weekly Standard?"

Why, indeed ...

In the end, at just about the year anniversary, it was the shoddy writing that brought about the final drips of his gravy train

The ever-sharp cracker jack, Scott Horton, whose articled was prefaced with"...Scott Horton, who broke news on Kristol's involvement in the selection of Sarah Palin, reports on real reasons the Gray Lady didn't renew his contract", has the scoop;
The New York Times’ decision not to renew Bill Kristol’s opinion column was because of the conservative writer’s sloppiness and uneven quality, according to a reliable source with first-hand knowledge of the decision. Today, the Times features a signature Kristol piece, discussing the heroic role of conservatism in modern American history and contrasting this with the fecklessness of American liberals. But only the last line is newsworthy: “This is William Kristol’s last column.”

The problems that emerged were more fundamental. Kristol’s writing wasn’t compelling or even very careful. He either lacked a talent for solid opinion journalism or wasn’t putting his heart into it. A give-away came in the form of four corrections the newspaper was forced to run over factual mistakes in the columns, creating an impression that they were rushed out without due diligence or attention to factual claims. A senior writer at Time magazine recounted to me a similar experience with Kristol following his stint in 2006-07. “His conservative ideas were cutting edge and influential,” I was told. “But his sloppy writing and failure to fact check what he wrote made us queasy.”
Notice how, when talking about Kristol, and his writing, the word "sloppy" keeps jumping up?

Go check out Greg Mitchell, over on Editors & Publishers, and his Kristol Bawl: An 'Appreciation' As Column Ends at 'NYT', which details the errors - "He gave us many belly laughs, several glaring errors to point out, some choice takedowns by Jon Stewart -- and Sarah Palin, who doomed McCain."

Now, Little Billy Kristol gets to "doom" The Washington Post.

We'll give Robert Stein, from Connecting The Dots, the last word on that;
It's fitting for Kristol to go out on a high note of error. klutzy writing and self-delusion, but apparently the market for his kind of babbling is not entirely dead. He came to the Times after a stint with Time, and now there are reports that the Washington Post, apparently suffering from a lack of wrong-headedness not completely satisfied by Charles Krauthammer and Michael Gerson, will avail themselves of Kristol's wisdom occasionally.

We can hardly wait for that fun to begin

Little Billy Kristol's Greatest Garlic Hits!

It Takes A Neocon To Raise A Legacy ... They're Drinking The Kool-Aid Again ...

Of Legacy Maintenance - And Corrections! ... David Corn's "REBUTTAL - Why Bush Is A Loser"

Yes, Virginia, There Is, Sadly, A William Kristol ...

Yes, Virginia, Even Sadder, Little Billy Kristol Is Going To The NYT

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