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  • Hillary: The Joe Isuzu of American Politics

    09/07/2016 11:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 7, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Joe Isuzu was a fictional spokesperson for the car company of the same name in the late 1980s, the poster child for pathological liars everywhere who made outrageous claims about the cars he was selling. Much as William Safire described Hillary Clinton in a 1996 essay in the New York Times, he was a “congenital liar”. But Joe Isuzu was fictional; Hillary Clinton is not, and is running for president. Be afraid, be very afraid. The past as they say, is prologue. The lies Hillary told in the past were merely precursors to the present lies. Hillary lied about having...
  • William Safire on the Book of Job in Today's Politics

    THE OPEN MIND Host: Richard D. Heffner Guest: William Safire Title: “William Safire on the Book of Job in Today’s Politics” VTR: 10/9/92 I’m Richard Heffner, your host on THE OPEN MIND, where only very rarely – indeed too rarely, as far as those of our viewers who want me to draw blood are concerned – only occasionally do I play at what Ross Perot has called “Gotcha journalism”. But when I do, or at least try to, it’s usually in the guise of – oh so innocently of course – asking a guest about this or her most fervently...
  • Inartful

    08/10/2010 11:44:50 AM PDT · by DManA · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 20, 2008 | Wiliam Safire
    Smil'n Bob Gibs described his comment about the "Professional Left" as INARTFUL. I googled it and found this two year old essay by Safire. I thought it was delightful and an appropriate comment on Gibbs' use of the word.
  • William Safire, 1929-2009

    09/27/2009 8:07:35 PM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies · 1,496+ views
    Commetary Mag ^ | 9/27/09 | John Podhoretz
    William Safire, who died today, was a breakthrough figure—the first professional Republican ideologue of his time to become a mainstream fixture in journalism. Indeed, when he was hired by the New York Times to write a column after his tenure as a speechwriter and intimate of the president in the Nixon White House, the shock and horror with which his new position was viewed in the Times newsroom and in the journalistic corridors of Washington were unprecedented in their ferocity. Safire himself said that people would barely look him in the eye in his place of employ for years. He...
  • William Safire, Nixon Speechwriter and Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79

    09/27/2009 11:19:38 AM PDT · by fours · 94 replies · 5,215+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/28/2009 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    <p>No article yet; just an announcement on the NYT front page.</p>
  • Fulsome (Obama the orator)

    03/21/2009 6:31:43 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 536+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | William Safire
    In a speech to the National Governors Association last month, President Obama said about his first stimulus package, “I just want to make sure that we’re having an honest debate and presenting to the American people a fulsome accounting of what is going on in this program.” He meant full, in the sense of “complete,” even “abundant” or “copious,” which is what that wordmeant in the Middle Ages. But by the 16th century, fulsome’s meaning had taken “full” overboard, to “satiating, cloying, excessive.” Shakespeare used it often, meaning “loathsome” and “rank with lust.” The O.E.D. defines its application to language...
  • Bleeping Expletives

    01/04/2009 6:23:33 PM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 831+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 12/30/2008 | William Safire
    Today we are going to deal with the media coverage of profanities, expletives, vulgarisms, obscenities, execrations, epithets and imprecations, nouns often lumped together by the Bluenose Generation as coarseness, crudeness, bawdiness, scatology or swearing. But roundheeled readers should stop smacking their lips and rubbing their hands because the deliberately shocking subject can be treated with decorum, in plain words, without the titillating examples of “dirty words.” (Titillating, from the Latin titillare, “to tickle,” is clean.) If you want to fulminate about such prissiness about prurience in print, feel free to rattle your jowls, blow your stack and otherwise express...
  • WILLIAM SAFIRE: The Maverick Ticket

    09/07/2008 5:54:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 260+ views
    new york times ^ | September 6, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    SAMUEL Augustus Maverick, Texas rancher of the 1840s, is proudly sitting up in his grave. His name, which has become an eponymous American word, was cited repeatedly at last week’s unexpectedly enthusiastic Republican convention. “I’ve been called a maverick,” John McCain told his rounded-up party. “Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment; sometimes it’s not.” True enough: old Sam Maverick’s friends said he refused to brand his cattle because it was cruel to animals; competing ranchers said it let him round up and claim all the unbranded cattle in the neighborhood. In an era that has sophisticates displaying designers’ initials, the...
  • The Audacity of Hype (Barry's Overblown Acceptance Speech)

    08/31/2008 10:22:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 45 replies · 283+ views
    NYT ^ | 8/31/2008 | William Safire
    BY choosing the venue of a vast outdoor stadium as John Kennedy did for his “new frontier” acceptance, and by speaking on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” address, Barack Obama — whose claim to fame is an ability to move audiences with his words — deliberately invited comparison with two of the most memorable speeches of our recent history. What a mistake. A speaker must first ask: what is the best setting to make close contact with the person I want to reach? In this day and age, it is not a huge throng wildly...
  • Irregular Warfare

    06/08/2008 8:40:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 313+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Beyond the Unconventional. The Pentagon has decided on a name for the kind of war we have to be prepared to fight in decades to come. Unconventional? No. A couple of generations ago, the clash of national armies following the rules of the Hague and Geneva Conventions was called conventional war, as against a more terrifying unconventional war, which meant “nuclear” for a time; then that meaning changed to denote “special operations.” Any terminology now rooted in convention would be confusing. Asymmetrical? The meaning of that adjective is “unbalanced,” which carries the wrong connotation; besides, the term has been taken...
  • Superdel - Will they provoke splittism?

    04/27/2008 1:11:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 75+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 27, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    If you were a fashion photographer back in the 1990s, you may have known what a superdel was: a high-priced “supermodel,” the word clipped to superdel by fashionistas. That meaning has since been overwhelmed by a usage booming through the U.S. political world: superdelegates, who may or may not decide the next Democratic nominee for president. But that 14-letter word is too long for newspaper headlines, and five syllables is too many for fast-talking heads on telecasts, podcasts, Webcasts or IMcasts. Result: the name of the graying gang of glitterati on whom the multimedia spotlight now shines has been shortened...
  • Blizzard of Lies

    03/24/2008 6:04:10 PM PDT · by krb · 29 replies · 1,569+ views
    New York Times ^ | 01/08/1996 | William Safire
    Commentary: Blizzard of Lies By William Safire © 1996 N.Y. Times News Service 01.08.96 Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation - is a congenital liar. Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading?...
  • Long Pole in the Tent

    01/06/2008 4:52:59 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies · 141+ views
    NY Times Magazine ^ | January 6, 2008 | William Safire
    “The most difficult aspect of developing a weapons program,” said President Bush, trying to counter the C.I.A.’s N.I.E.-jerk relaxation response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “or as some would say, the long pole in the tent, is enriching uranium.” Who are the “some” who would so say? One of the long pole-vaulters is the national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, who said the day before, “Weapons-grade uranium is the long pole in the tent for a nuclear weapon.” Their point was that the C.I.A.’s “high confidence” in its intelligence that Iran had stopped its secret weapons development soon after the roof fell...
  • The Office Pool, 2008

    12/31/2007 9:28:17 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 77+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/2007 | William Safire
    THIS is the 34th annual office pool in this space, a New Year’s tradition that has become the most excruciating multiple-choice prediction test in world media. Nostradamus himself couldn’t score over 50 percent. Last year, despite a good bet on surging optimism in Iraq, I was mistaken 12 times out of 15. But the audacity of hope springs eternal; here, together with fearless readers, I go. For each item, choose one, all or none. 1. The business headline of the year will be: (a) Big Bounce to 15,000 Dow After Soft Landing (b) Recession Has Brokers Selling Apples for Five...
  • U.S.-Saudi joint bid doubted [I'm not a cat's-paw]

    05/02/2002 4:42:28 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 23 replies · 145+ views
    Miami Herald Online ^ | BY WARREN P. STROBEL
    WASHINGTON - The United States and Saudi Arabia are working more closely than ever to try to bring peace to the Middle East, but whether they are ready, willing or able to intervene forcefully enough to make a difference remains an open question. Continues. ======================================================================== William Safire's 'Walk Back The Cat', or: I'm not a cat's-paw When it comes to the New York Times, color me cynical. Maybe even *cynical* isn't quite strong enough. Seldom -- very seldom -- is anything printed on the pages of that pathetic excuse for a "newspaper" these days even vaguely believable. I even...
  • Blargon [NYT On Language Columnist Safire: How did anti-left phrase "moonbat" originate?]

    02/19/2006 10:19:33 AM PST · by summer · 89 replies · 1,608+ views
    NYT Sunday Magazine ^ | Feb 19, 2006 | William Safire
    Every walk of life and field of endeavor generates its own insiders' lingo. Those of us in the MSM — that's the superannuated, archaic mainstream media — have our own jargon, of which the first sentence of an article is the lede, the early edition is the bulldog and the guys working into the wee hours make up the lobster shift. Some of our special vocabulary is being stolen from us by the denizens of the world of Web logs. Above the fold — the top half of a standard-size newspaper page, where the major stories begin — now, in...
  • Free the Barrett Report

    01/05/2006 10:01:42 AM PST · by rellimpank · 35 replies · 932+ views
    By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- In a very clever year-end column, the venerable William Safire writing in the New York Times asks whether "special prosecutor David Barrett's 400-page expose of political influence within the Internal Revenue Service and the Clinton Justice Department" will be the government report "most likely to resist investigative reporting" this year. I certainly hope not. The misuse of the IRS and Justice Department has a long record going back to Richard Nixon and Watergate and before that to Franklin Roosevelt and his harassment of former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon and publisher Moses...
  • The Office Pool, 2006

    12/29/2005 9:55:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 864+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 30, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    HERE is your 32nd annual chance to Beat the Pundit. In each multiple choice, pick one, none or all. In a good year, a master prognosticator gets four right. 1. U.S. troops in Iraq at 2006 year's end will number: (a) current "base line" 138,000; (b) closer to 100,000; (c) closer to 90,000; (d) 80,000 or below. 2. Speaker of the House succeeding Dennis Hastert will be: (a) Mike Pence; (b) Rahm Emanuel; (c) Steny Hoyer; (d) Roy Blunt; (e) Nancy Pelosi; (f) Tom DeLay. 3. Best-picture Oscar to: (a) Woody Allen's comeback, "Match Point"; (b) Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain";...
  • Safire and Brooks Nail the Week’s Key Issues on Today’s “Meet the Press”

    10/30/2005 10:18:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 6 replies · 861+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 30, 2005 | Noel Sheppard
    For those of you who haven’t seen this morning’s “Meet the Press,” I highly recommend that you do so that you can see William Safire at his best, as well as some great incites from David Brooks. What follows are key statements from the two of them concerning Plamegate, and the events of the week. Though chronological in order, the numbered quotes are separate ideas that did not immediately follow one another: 1. MR. WILLIAM SAFIRE: I think that was an excellent rundown and time line of a complicated series of accusations of a cover-up, but the most important single...
  • hillary clinton is a "CONGENITAL LIAR" ("I am not a crook.")

    07/08/2005 6:42:31 AM PDT · by Mia T · 50 replies · 17,385+ views
    The New York Times, The Truth About Hillary, NRO... | 7.08.05 | Mia T
    hillary clinton is a "CONGENITAL LIAR" "I am not a crook"   by Mia T, 7.08.05 "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady... is a congenital liar.* William Safire, Blizzard of Lies *The first word I had in mind was 'prevaricator,' which means 'liar,' and the second one was 'dissembler,' which also means 'liar.'" "She's the most unbelievable actress I have ever met," said a woman who worked on Hillary's Senate campaign. "I remember one time at a Women's Leadership Forum event in New York, thirty of us sat around Hillary, talking...