Last week, weird-bearded conservative columnist Ross Douthat made his debut on the NYT op-ed page with the no-hedges promise that "Ross Douthat's column appears on Tuesdays."
But here it is Tuesday, and where's Douthat? We'll tell you where. His broadside against Republican party-pooper Sen Arlen Specter appears online only!
True, he does get a little box on the page, right below David Brooks, with a cockeyed arrow pointing readers in the direction of the Internet. (FYI, folks, turns out the Internet is located at 11:00 on the clock dial!)
But wasn't Douthat hired to be an op-ed page columnist just like Krugman and Kristof? And wasn't last week's column supposed to signal his permanent arrival on the page?
We're going to email NYT op-ed editor David Shipley and ask him what's up.
NYTPICKER'S NOTE: Whoops. The NYTPicker got this one completely wrong. David Shipley has gently reminded us, in response to our email, that last week's Ross Douthat column also appeared online only, not in the print edition. "For now, his column will appear online on Tuesdays," Shipley says.