More on the FD

Sun Mar 1 09:41:52 EST 2009

"Nattering nabobs of negativism" and many other alliterative jabs at
those with world views different from his own was thought up by The
New York Times's erstwhile conservative columnist and wordsmith
William Safire (now mostly retired, but still the author of the Sunday
Times Magazine weekly feature column, "On Language"). Safire and
vocalist Bobby Darin are perhaps the best-known alumni of my high
school, the Bronx High School of Science, which, according to
Wikipedia, numbers among its alumni seven Nobel laureates. Millions of
people can think of Safire's and Darin's names; I can't think of the
name of even one of those seven Nobel winners;>(

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert S Chase" <>
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Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:59 AM
Subject: Re: More on the FD

> "Among my earliest political recollections are the ''pointy-headed
> intellectual'' and ''egghead'' designations used against Adlai
> Stevenson in the 1950's. And who can forget Spiro T. Agnew's
> ''nattering nabobs of negativism''? ''Limousine liberals'' has been
> an effective conservative jab for decades.
> The beginning of a knockout punch came in the 1988 presidential
> campaign when President Ronald Reagan aided Vice President George H.
> W. Bush's candidacy by denouncing Michael S. Dukakis, the Democratic
> nominee, with the accusation that Mr. Dukakis was a virtually evil
> embodiment of the ''L-word.'' Thus started the onslaught that
> demonized all liberals and nearly delegitimized the Democratic
> Party.
> Most candidates today avoid any association with liberalism. With a
> success story like that, why on earth would conservatives give up
> attacking elite or any other kind of liberals? "
> So isn't what's fair fair?
>> Message: 5
>> Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:43:16 -0500
>> From: Richard Chonak <>
>> Subject: Re: More on the FD
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>> Robert S Chase wrote:
>>> I always wonder why the conservatives or some call them more
>>> aptly, the
>>> regressives, fear concepts such as the Fairness Doctrine so much?
>>> Is it
>>> because they are never fair?
>> I'm not sure whether insulting a group of people as "regressive"
>> based
>> on their political philosophy really is going to shed light on any
>> subject regarding broadcasting.
>> --RC

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