In a piece that has drawn relatively little attention so far, Clark Hoyt, The New York Times' public editor, today called the paper's decision to hire Bill Kristol, the rightwing pundit, a "mistake," and noted that the Times' had received almost 700 letters of complaint -- and only one note praising the choice. Then there was this: "Kristol refused to talk with me....an odd stance for someone who presumably will want others to talk to him for his column."
And the fun continues: Kristol's second column is in Monday's paper, hailing the surge in Iraq and the Democrats refusal to join in. He writes: "Obama’s view of the current situation in Iraq is out of touch with reality. In this, however, Obama is at one with Hillary Clinton and the entire leadership of the Democratic Party." Here's a full summary of the Clark Hoyt critique: