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  Ross Douthat Tapped by 'NYT' for Kristol's Spot
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Last EditedEx-New Jerseyan  Mar 11, 2009 05:55pm
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News DateWednesday, March 11, 2009 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNEW YORK Ross Douthat, 29, a senior editor and conservative blogger for The Atlantic magazine, has been hired by The New York Times to write a regular column online and then fill the weekly Op-ed slot occupied by William Kristol during 2008.

A New York Times spokeswoman confirmed the hiring to E&P this afternoon. Andrew Rosenthal, editor page editor, asked by E&P's Joe Strupp why Douthat had been picked, cited his youth, Republican politics, "iconoclast" leanings and intelligence.

He also said that he had interviewed several applicants after reading widely the work of many conservatives (see separate story).
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