This is William Kristol's last column

The Times says sayonara to star neocon and Sarah Palin booster

Today’s column by New York Times columnist Bill Kristol ended with a blunt, one-line announcement from the editors: “This is William Kristol’s last column.” The neoconservative pundit, editor and Fox News contributor joined the Times in 2008 as part of the paper’s attempt to add another conservative voice to its editorial page and compete with the new, Murdoch-ized Wall Street Journal). But after a year of reader complaints, fact-checking, and most importantly, his constant boosting of Sarah Palin (whom he called “a Wasilla Wal-Mart Mom”), he’s been cut loose, left with no place to air his opinions except an entire magazine and cable news network. No word yet on who will replace him as a conservative columnist for the Times, but we hear there’s an Alaska governor with a lot of free time on her hands.

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