William Safire

Before Fox News, there was Pat Robertson's '700 Club,' where I was an executive producer.
Despite its legions of Page One editors, copy editors, proofreaders and support staff, the Gray Lady proceeded to fetishize conflict by using the words "rift" or "riven" in the headline or lead paragraph, actually the lead clause, in four of the stories on today's front page.
In today's fast-paced world, a reputation can be destroyed rapidly -- and if, as in the case of Strauss-Kahn it seems, the consequences of charges made actually precede the processing of those charges.
AIPAC is the only lobby that both Democrats and Republics fear challenging. There is no other lobby in Washington, not one, that has that kind of power.
Monday, June 28th, was the final day of the 2009-10 school year in New York City, which means the city's infamous "rubber rooms" also closed their doors. For good.
Zimmer is the executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com; previously, he was the editor of American dictionaries
Since the death of William Safire, political columnist who wrote the regular "On Language" feature in the New York Times Magazine, no one has truly assumed the mantle of leading linguistic watchdog.
2009 may go down as the year of celebrity deaths — in no small part due to Walter Cronkite, who passed away in July and whose
Tom Friedman will realize that he's losing his success rate to the average stopped clock and retire to focus on writing non-political travel books. They will be very short. But somehow still turgid.
David Bromwich seems to me better yet at Obama-watching than at press criticism. He can write with penetration of Barack
Pretension wrapped in a noun wrapped in a gerund: that's what gifting is. This holiday season, give the gift that keeps giving: something nice you picked yourself, for a particular person.
Not a hopeless hypochondriac of history / nor a nabob who was negative and nattered / maven of the English tongue whose wordy mystery / he believed to English-speaking people mattered
But we here at Friday Talking Points have to admit to a little pride in our foresightedness, because only one week ago we
William Safire's career took him from public relations to propaganda to column-writing in a single seamless progression.
Is the death of an esteemed giant in American journalism less newsworthy than a second-tier celebrity wedding?
It's clear the conservative press has little interest in ascertaining the veracity of right-wing smears against Sotomayor before advancing them.
In a word, it's one that has fascinated the loftiest wordsmith of all, William Safire. Last winter, he made a tribute to
Many of these new nattering nabobs are made up of those Jewish critics of the president who are intent on proving his bad intentions toward Israel no matter what the facts show.
• Gerald F. Seib of the Wall Street Journal: "His address was more prose than poetry, seemingly designed in some passages
According to William Safire, Obama's speech was a failure because it was "all too like the collectivist fantasy that opened and closed the Beijing Olympics."