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The New York Times to Run Final Op-Ed Column by William Safire on January 24, 2005 (replacement?)
Business Wire ^ | 11/15/04

Posted on 11/15/2004 9:56:07 AM PST by Cableguy

William Safire will publish his final column as a New York Times Op-Ed columnist on January 24, 2005.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr, publisher of The New York Times, said, "The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable. Bill's provocative and insightful commentary has held our readers captive since he first graced our Op-Ed Page in 1973. Reaching for his column became a critical and enjoyable part of the day for our readers across the country and around the world. Whether you agreed with him or not was never the point. His writing is delightful, informed and engaging. So, too, is the man, who in addition to being a world-class columnist has been a world-class friend and colleague to a generation of Times men and women."

Mr. Safire, 74, will continue to write his Sunday column, "On Language," which has appeared in The New York Times Magazine since 1979 and has led to the publication of 15 books, making him one of the most widely read writers on the English language. He is also the author of 10 other works of fiction and nonfiction and editor of five anthologies. No successor to Mr. Safire as an Op-Ed columnist has been chosen at this time.

"After more than three decades of opinionated reporting on the world's first and foremost political battle page, it's time to hang up my hatchet," said Mr. Safire. "The Times said at the start of this run that it wanted 'another point of view,' which was what it surely got, and its editors did not wince nor cry aloud. In my more scholarly persona, I couldn't resist continuing as Sunday language maven, so although Mr. Hyde will close up shop, Dr. Jekyll will carry on."

In 1978, Mr. Safire was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Before joining The Times in 1973 as a political columnist, Mr. Safire was a senior White House speechwriter for President Nixon. He had previously been a radio and television producer and a U.S. Army correspondent. He began his career in 1949 as a reporter for a profiles column in The New York Herald Tribune.

From 1955 to 1960, Mr. Safire was vice president of a public relations firm in New York City and then became president of his own firm. He was responsible for bringing Mr. Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev together in the 1959 Moscow "kitchen debate" to publicize his homebuilding client's kitchen. In 1968, he left to join the campaign of Richard Nixon.

Mr. Safire attended Syracuse University, dropped out after two years, returned twice later to deliver commencement addresses, and is now a trustee. He served as a member of the Pulitzer Board from 1995 to 2004. Since 1993, he has been active with the Dana Foundation, a philanthropy supporting brain science, immunology, and arts education. He is currently its chairman and will make this his principal occupation.

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2003 revenues of $3.2 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 other newspapers, eight network-affiliated television stations, two New York City radio stations and more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com. For the fourth consecutive year, the Company was ranked No. 1 in the publishing industry in Fortune's 2004 list of America's Most Admired Companies. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newyorktimes; nyt; safire; williamsafire

1 posted on 11/15/2004 9:56:09 AM PST by Cableguy
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To: Cableguy

Gee, what so-so conservative will they now label "conservative New York Times Columnist"? Am I mistaken or is he the only columnist that gets a label?


2 posted on 11/15/2004 9:58:12 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Cableguy

I think the NYT will replace Safire with another hard, pipe hitt'n conservative like Tucker Carlson.


3 posted on 11/15/2004 9:59:27 AM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: Cableguy
They'll probably hire some half-assed lightweight supposed "conservative" to pretend that they have some balance.

Tucker Carlson probably has a woodie just thinking about it.

4 posted on 11/15/2004 9:59:49 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: mlbford2

D'oh! I can't believe somebody named Tucker before me!


5 posted on 11/15/2004 10:00:30 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cableguy
Here's my short list:

1.) Ann Coulter

6 posted on 11/15/2004 10:03:28 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Cableguy
"The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable.

What shameless hypocrisy. What an absolute load of bunk.

The truth is that the NY Times without a left-wing, anti-American, anti-Bush, anti-Christian, and anti-Israel bias of almost olympian proportions would be all but unimaginable to its loyal cadre of left-wing America-hating readers.

7 posted on 11/15/2004 10:04:43 AM PST by UncleSamUSA (the land of the free and the home of the brave)
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To: Cableguy

Arlen Specter or someone like him.


8 posted on 11/15/2004 10:06:06 AM PST by Dave Burns
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Immediately promote her to news editor in chief...and watch the NYT readership in the red states explode.


9 posted on 11/15/2004 10:07:03 AM PST by dufekin (Four more years! Liberals, learn: whiners are losers every time.)
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To: dead

Tucker gets a woody thinking about men, period.


10 posted on 11/15/2004 10:08:18 AM PST by pissant
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To: dufekin

Be careful. You can be banned for mentioning AC and ponying up pichters.


11 posted on 11/15/2004 10:08:53 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

"Gee, what so-so conservative..."

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that David Brooks character supposedly a conservative? I see him jawing it with Mark Shields on the News Hour (PBS). Brooks makes me clinch my fists, so he's the perfect so-so.


12 posted on 11/15/2004 10:09:05 AM PST by goarmy
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To: goarmy
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that David Brooks character supposedly a conservative?

I think he’ bipolitical.

In other words, both sides of the aisle are a little embarrassed to have been associated with him.

13 posted on 11/15/2004 10:11:11 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cableguy
"The Company's core purpose is to enhance socialize society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news spinning, distorting, and even fabricating news stories and regurgitationg Democrat talking points."

With Bill Safire leaving, the NY Times is losing probably its last link to the days when the paper had credibility and was known as the "paper of record". I suppose replacing Bill with Ann Coulter is out of the question.

14 posted on 11/15/2004 10:12:15 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
1.) Ann Coulter


15 posted on 11/15/2004 10:15:13 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Cableguy

> The Company's core purpose is to enhance society ...

Uh, according to whose standards of enhancement?
Anyway, a telling admission.

The naming of the replacement for Safire will tell
us if the NYT intends to reform, or to continue its
self-destruction.

My bet is continued wallowing in the liberal cess.


17 posted on 11/15/2004 10:17:51 AM PST by Boundless (They may be polling the advertisers.)
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To: shellcracker

Novak is a pretty poor excuse for a conservative. Modern era conservatives are optimistic, and with good reason; Novak could not be less so. IMHO Novak can't hold a candle to Safire; what the Times could really use is a Mark Steyn.


18 posted on 11/15/2004 10:25:57 AM PST by thoughtomator (The Era of Old Media is over! Long live the Pajamasphere!)
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To: shellcracker
"Ann Coulter" Nah. Cute (I guess) but to much "neo" in her "con".

Have you read her new book, "How to talk to a Liberal (if you must)"?

She's freakin' FANTASTIC as an essayist, but the NYT editorial board would rather set themselves aflame than read her every week, and I suspect their readership is in lockstep.

19 posted on 11/15/2004 10:28:19 AM PST by sandalwood (Vote Pat Toomey for Governor)
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To: dead
They'll probably hire some half-assed lightweight supposed "conservative" to pretend that they have some balance. I believe Hugh Hewitt is superbly qualified for that position.
21 posted on 11/15/2004 10:38:45 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: dead
They'll probably hire some half-assed lightweight supposed "conservative" to pretend that they have some balance.

I believe Hugh Hewitt is superbly qualified for that position.

22 posted on 11/15/2004 10:39:00 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: shellcracker
My guess is that Rendell will be running for Gov again, and that Toomey will run against him. And believe me - there will be a HUGE coalition behind him.

I think we have a chance...

23 posted on 11/15/2004 10:40:01 AM PST by sandalwood (Vote Pat Toomey for Governor)
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To: Cableguy

They'll probably pick a top flight, generally recognized, forceful conservative, you know, like David Gergen.


24 posted on 11/15/2004 11:08:21 AM PST by The Great Yazoo (Why do penumbras not emanate from the Tenth Amendment as promiscuously as they do from the First?)
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To: The Great Yazoo

safire was the last reason for me to subscribe to the ny kapo times . now i can cancel.


25 posted on 11/15/2004 11:12:42 AM PST by avitot
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To: The Great Yazoo

safire was the last reason for me to subscribe to the ny kapo times . now i can cancel.


26 posted on 11/15/2004 11:13:04 AM PST by avitot
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To: thoughtomator

"what the Times could really use is a Mark Steyn."

Yes, he would be a good fit.


27 posted on 11/15/2004 11:14:36 AM PST by Max Combined (Clinton is "the notorious Oval Office onanist ")
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To: shellcracker

But who would be more likely to rattle some cages at Times Square? My money's on Ann.


28 posted on 11/15/2004 11:45:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: dead; sandalwood; arasina; The Great Yazoo; mlbford2; Xenalyte; tiamat; ...
Turker Carlson:

(Diabolically tents fingers.)

Ex-sss-helll-ent!

(Silently masturbates to the thought of vacant NYT op-ed slot. Adjusts bow tie.)

29 posted on 11/15/2004 2:13:09 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("They don't want some high brow hussy from NYC explaining to them that they're idiots.")
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To: Cableguy

They shall now replace him with a serious left-wing nutbag and refer to him as a "moderate".


30 posted on 11/15/2004 2:15:24 PM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham
I thought that's the token conservative slot at the Slimes. So why would they hire Tucker Carlson for it???
31 posted on 11/15/2004 9:03:11 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (www.HillaryWatch.org)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; Republican Party Reptile; TheBigB; NYCVirago
That's a good question.

To be honest, I don't really take issue with his political beliefs-with the possible exception of his genuflection before the omniscient senator from AZ, John McCain-as much as I do his incredibly grating personality.

While he can be amusing at times-in fact, his book: "Politicians, Partisans and Parasites...", was probably one of the more entertaining autobiographies/memoirs written by a cable chat show puppet-more often than not, he's just plain irritating.

He seems to be working under the misconception that simply because he can make a witty quip here and there, it entitles him to assume an air of someone who's a member of the political/cultural aristocracy.

Trust me, Tucker Carlson believes-even though he'll never admit this publicly-that he's on the same plain as a P.J. O'Rourke or Tom Wolfe. When the harsh truth is, he doesn't even begin to approach the level of an R. Emmett Tyrell or an Andrew Ferguson.

That being said, I thought that the way he dissed and dismissed that smirking chimp-Jon Stewart-was awesome.

32 posted on 11/16/2004 1:56:33 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("They don't want some high brow hussy from NYC explaining to them that they're idiots.")
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