Clark Hoyt, the former Knight Ridder D.C. bureau chief who once publicly sparred with the New York Times second ombudsman, Barney Calame, has been appointed as the Times' third ombudsman. This is going to sound a little mean, because supposedly Barney's the nicest guy in the world—but we really hope Clark won't be the total mealy-mouthed, overly-cautious, eggshell-walking, "and-on-the-other-hand"-using and "to be fair"-sayin' kindergarten-teacher-style total wuss-biscuit that Barney almost always was. Lotsa luck, Clark!

Times Names New Public Editor [NYO]