Tag: William Safire

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  • There is some good news, though

    There is some good news, though

    Nattering nabobs of negativism is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption. This particular phrase, penned by Nixon speechwriter William Safire, derogatively denigrated diligent reporters for placing bad news above good. Why, Agnew asked rhetorically, did the malicious …

    February 1, 2017