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"Riven" With "Rifts," the New York Times' Front Page Reflects a Troubled Planet

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

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.

Strauss-Kahn and the Age of Reputation

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.30.2011 | Home
Steve Clemons

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: A Lobby Without Parallel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.03.2011 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

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.

Rubber Rooms: Gone From New York City, But Alive Elsewhere?

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Justin Snider

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.

Ben Zimmer New 'On Language' Columnist: New York Times Magazine Names William Safire Successor

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The New York Times Magazine has named Ben Zimmer its "On Language" columnist. Zimmer, described in the Times' announcement as a linguist and lexicogr...

Language Problems at the New York Times

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert E. Murphy

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.

David Bromwich Weighs In On Obama And Afghanistan

Radio Open Source | Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

David Bromwich seems to me better yet at Obama-watching than at press criticism. He can write with penetration of Barack Obama as an American almost-l...

Media Deaths 2009: Cronkite, Hewitt, Dunne, Novak, Safire, Mays, Harvey & More Remembered

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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 September memorial was...

A Word for the Gifting Season

Amy Hungerford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Amy Hungerford

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.

Fearless Predictions for 2010 and Other Magical Thinking

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gerald Sindell

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.

William Safire

Gershon Hepner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Gershon Hepner

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

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

William Safire: Wars Made Out of Words

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Bromwich

William Safire's career took him from public relations to propaganda to column-writing in a single seamless progression.

William Safire's Passing and the Decline of American Journalism

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Snow

Is the death of an esteemed giant in American journalism less newsworthy than a second-tier celebrity wedding?

Forget Being "Borked," She's Been "Sotomayored"

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karl Frisch

It's clear the conservative press has little interest in ascertaining the veracity of right-wing smears against Sotomayor before advancing them.

Obama's Durban II Critics: Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ira Forman

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.

William Safire Sounds Kind Of Racist

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joseph A. Palermo

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."

William Safire Blogs About Blogging

Oxford University Press | William Safire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today the OUPblog is honored to have William Safire author of Safire's Political Dictionary to write about the origins of blogging. Safire began his w...

The Torturous Logic of The New York Times

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

With President Bush's veto this weekend of a bill to outlaw the CIA's use of waterboarding, torture now becomes officially codified U.S. policy. But you'd never know it from the reading the Times.