When Bill Kristol was inexplicably hired by the New York Times, the fear many of us on the left had was not that he’d bludgeon the paper’s readers with his turgid prose and hackish self-justifying views, but that it would be impossible to trust Kristol to carry out the basic rudimentary duty not to use his column to spread politically motivated falsehoods. In other words, while there are conservatives who might say things I disagree with or even despise, I can at least know they are written in good faith. Not so with Kristol. Today comes word that he spread an incendiary lie about (surprise!) Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see how the Times handles this.