Exactly one year ago, Ward-of-Murdoch (Fox News regular/The Weekly Standard editor) Bill Kristol somehow was given a one-year contract to write an opinion column for The New York Times. He quickly soiled his new sandbox by making a factual error requiring a correction in his very first column.
Portfolio.com reports that there’s no word yet on whether he’ll be re-upped by the Times, but let’s go down memory lane (thanks, Google) with some Kristol corrections:
- Jan.7 (debut column): “An earlier version of this column attributed a quote by Michael Medved to Michelle Malkin.”
- March 17: “In this column, I cite a report that Sen. Obama had attended services at Trinity Church on July 22, 2007. The Obama campaign has provided information showing that Senator Obama did not attend Trinity that day. I regret the error.”
- May 17: “In his column on Monday, Bill Kristol said he could not find a recent primary in which the candidate who would go on to win the nomination lost by as big a margin as Barack Obama lost by (41 points) in West Virginia. Mitt Romney won the essentially uncontested Utah primary on Feb. 5 with about 90 percent of the vote. Also, the California Supreme Court is based in San Francisco, not the state capital, Sacramento.”
- Aug. 19: “In some editions of his column on Monday about the presidential forum at Saddleback Church in California, William Kristol said that there seemed to be no basis for charges that John McCain was not in a ‘cone of silence’ during Barack Obama’s interview with the Rev. Rick Warren, and could therefore have heard questions posed first to Senator Obama. Senator McCain was in a motorcade for part of Senator Obama’s interview. A statement from his campaign said that he ‘never heard or saw any of Senator Obama’s appearance.'”
In addition to that sterling track record, Kristol dissed the Times in an Oct. 30 appearance on “The Daily Show.” During the same appearance, he gazed into his fuzzy Kristol Ball and predicted that John McCain would win the presidency.