He is especially known for his many political chronicles in the NewYork Times and his contributions on the language to the NewYork Times Magazine . He received the Prix Pulitzer in 1978.
BiographyIts family name, of Jewish origin, is Safir (William added the " e"). Safire is a graduate of the Bronx High School off Science, an university for the elites in New York. He studies with the Université of Syracuse, but leaves it after only two years. Safire will give an opening speech later and will return to it to the board of directors of the university.
Before becoming journalist, Safire writes speeches for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew; it forges the sentence of Agnew off “ nattering nabobs negativism ” (Fr: the nabobs jacassants of the negativism ) to indicate the hostile media. Of 1955 with 1960 it is in charge of public relations. Previously he was radio operator and tele producer, and corresponding for the American Armée.
Safire joined the NewYork Times as political chronicler in 1973. In 1978, it gains the Prix Pulitzer for commentary on budgetary irregularities allotted to Bert Lance. However later investigations by the Congress will not find any embezzlement.
By announcing the retirement of the political chronicle of Safire in 2005, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., editor of the The NewYork Times, wrote:
The NewYork Times without Bill Safire is all goal unimaginable, Bill' S provocative and insightful commentary has held our readers captivates since He first graced our COp-ED Page in 1973. Reaching for his column became has critical and enjoyable share off the day for our readers across the country and around the world. Whether you agreed with him gold not was never the not, his writing is delightful, informed and engaging."
In 2006, Safire received the Presidential Medal off Freedom of the hands of George W. Bush.
PolicySafire describes like a preserving libertarien. An account of the Washington Post on the stop of its platforms COp-ED quotes it on this subject:
- I' m willing to zap conservative when they C things that are not libertarian. the [[Attacks of September 11th, 2001|9/11 attacks],] I was the first to really go after George W. one his treatment off prisoners.
After having voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, Safire became one of principal criticisms of the Clinton Administration. Hillary Clinton in particular was often the target of its anger. It because a small storm when he treated Hillary of congenital liar, it what she answered that she did not feel not offended for her but for her mother. According to the press attaché of the President, Mike McCurry, “the president, if he had not been president, would have made an answer stronger, on stops nose of Mr. Safire. ” "
Many readers of its chronicles of NewYork Times did not like that it constantly gives a report on its theory of a meeting between Iraqi intelligence services and persons in charge of September 11th in Prague as a Czech Republic. This theory was refuted by the CIA and other agencies credible informations. However Safire persisted in supporting the veracity of this theory and used it to justify a war against Iraq.
He is an enthusiastic defender of Israel and for this reason accepted off the Guardian Zion Award of the Université Bar-Ilan in 2005.
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