Neo-conservative war advocate William Kristol to be New York Times columnist

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From Barry Grey:

New York Times to feature neo-conservative war advocate William Kristol as op-ed columnist

3 January 2008

On December 30, the New York Times published a brief item on its inside news pages bearing the nondescript headline “The Times Adds an Op-Ed Columnist.” The columnist in question, the article reported, is William Kristol, whom the newspaper described as “one of the nation’s leading conservative writers and a vigorous supporter of the Iraq war.”

Kristol is, in fact, one of the most prominent and notorious ideologists of the Republican neo-conservative right. His father, Irving Kristol, is considered one of the founders of American neo-conservatism.

A protégé of Rupert Murdoch, William Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard, perhaps the most prominent Washington voice for militarism and neo-colonialism abroad and the assault domestically on the social conditions and democratic rights of the American people. Kristol, 55, co-founded the publication in 1994, reportedly with financing from Murdoch.

He is a regular commentator on Murdoch’s Fox News Channel. Both as a television pundit and writer/editor, Kristol stridently defends the war and occupation in Iraq, supports Israel’s attacks on Palestinians and advocates war against Iran. He similarly defends the Bush administration’s use of torture, its concentration camps in Guantánamo and elsewhere, and its illegal domestic spying operations, attacks on habeas corpus and assertion of quasi-dictatorial powers.

The December 30 Times article announced that beginning January 7, Kristol will write a weekly column for the newspaper. It offered no explanation for its decision to open its op-ed pages to such an arch-reactionary.

On the contrary, the article reported, without comment, that Kristol “has been a fierce critic of the Times.” It continued: “In 2006 he said that the government should consider prosecuting the Times for disclosing a secret government program to track international banking transactions.”

This referred to an article published by the Times in June of 2006 revealing that the Bush administration was conducting a massive and secret program to monitor international banking transactions. Similar reports were subsequently published by the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The exposé evoked a witch-hunting attack from the Bush administration and Republican legislators, with Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials denouncing the New York Times for undermining the so-called “war on terror.”

A number of Republican congressmen accused the Times of aiding terrorists and characterized the news report as an act of treason. Some called on the Justice Department to initiate a criminal prosecution. Kristol joined in the McCarthyite campaign, demonstrating his contempt for democratic principles by suggesting criminal sanctions as a means of intimidating and silencing any public criticism of the government’s police-state measures.

The Times announcement on Kristol also noted that he wrote in 2003 that the Times was not a “first-rate newspaper of record” and was “irredeemable.”

The Times’ decision looks like an act of masochism.

Update December 2008: here.

Kristol dismissed by New York Times: here.

Neo-conservatism: here.

William F. Buckley, longtime propagandist for US ultra-right, dies at 82: here.

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