Gibson: If NYT ‘can’t take’ Kristol, what about al Qaeda?

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"Gibson: If NYT ‘can’t take’ Kristol, what about al Qaeda?"

In his column last week, New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt wrote that, in his opinion, it was “a mistake” to hire Weekly Standard editor William Kristol as a columnist because of his calls to prosecute the paper, but that it was not “the worst idea ever.” In his “My Word” segment yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson attacked Hoyt over the column, asking “if The Times can’t take an argument with Kristol, how can it face down Al Qaeda?” Watch it:

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Gibson’s comment echoes what his boss, Roger Ailes, said in June about Democrats who declined to debate on Fox: “The candidates that can’t face Fox, can’t face Al Qaeda.” Newshounds has more.

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