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11-16-04 New York Times Will Decline in Stature Even More

"The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable," Sulzberger said ……... 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."

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November 16, 2004

 

New York Times Will Decline in Stature Even More

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

William Safire and David Brooks are two columnists that I read at the New York Times.  I do not always agree with William Safire but I agree with him more than all the liberal columnists combined.  David Brooks is a balanced writer.  Unfortunately, the paper is dominated by the Paul Klugmans and Maureen Dowd.

 

Most of us will have less and less reason to read the New York Times.


Editor & Publisher Online

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000719411

 

Published: November 15, 2004 updated 1:35 PM ET

 

Safire to Retire from 'NYT' Op-Ed Column

 

By Joe Strupp


NEW YORK William Safire, the conservative voice on the New York Times Op-Ed page for more than three decades, will end his regular column in early 2005, a Times spokeswoman said Monday.

 

 

   William Safire

 

"He's written it for a long time and has been talking to [Times Publisher] Arthur [Sulzberger Jr.] about this for a year and a half," said spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. "His last column will be Jan. 24."

Safire joined the paper in 1973 after working as a speechwriter for President Nixon, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for distinguished commentary. He plans to continue his Sunday New York Times Magazine "On Language" feature, which began in 1979, Mathis said, but he will end his syndicated column.

"The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable," Sulzberger said in a statement. "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."

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The columnist turns 75 next month, and he said he plans to devote more time to The Dana Foundation, a non-profit organization active in neuroscience research, the arts, and education. He began working with the group 10 years ago and helped launched the Dana Press eight years ago. He will serve full time as chairman of the board.

"That is the main reason to leave the column," Safire told E&P by phone from his Washington, D.C., office Monday.
"I want to have another run at something new. I've always kept a lot of balls in the air, writing and lecturing and TV. The opinion editors have said that if I have a good idea and want to sound off, they are there."……..

"I wanted the political campaign to be my last hurrah," he said, adding that a Bush win and other Republican victories make it easier to leave. "I get a nice warm feeling from that."

"This is the best job in journalism," he said of his op-ed perch. "But I've always felt that you never retire. If you retire, you vegetate.               ……………………


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