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NYT's Unforgettable Hire: Bono

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BONO PRO BONO Bono, Rosenthal (inset) (Photo: Getty Images) Like Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter before him, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal sees something special in a certain teensy Gaelic man who refuses to remove his sunglasses. That's right, the Timesman announced last night his first acquisition for the paper's Op-Ed pages for 2009: Bono. Yep, Bono. The activist-creator of Zoo TV will pen between six and ten pieces for the Grey Lady next year, Rosenthal told students Wednesday night at Columbia's School of Journalism.

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So might this new hire be taking the position of—or helping to off-set the damage done by—any especially right-leaning columnist currently under fire for his devotion to vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Say, Bill Kristol, for example?

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