• PeterMac

    “Instead, it caused a lot of folks on the left and even the center to
    wonder why the national media had stopped doing its job, stopped
    questioning authority.”

    Sounds like exactly what’s been happening for the last 5+ years w/ Obama…

  • BSH

    I just came to read about this interesting phrase, but the further explanation was absurd. Journalists kowtow to conservatives??? That’s absurd, and anyone can see it’s not true in the least. Media treatment of the last two Presidents is proof enough, but there’s plenty more. It’s widely known and a true fact that most in the field of journalism are true-blue Democrats and sincere liberals (think of the journo-list). It’s true that journalists fail to question authority, but they do so even more when the authority wears a D.

  • rob

    “it’s a widely known and true fact” is code for “here comes pure opinion, folks!”. “True fact” in particular (redundant) is a red flag for unsubstantiated opinion.

  • Dago T

    12/14/14 – today’s daily “word of the day” email from Merriam Webster was “nabob.” I Googled it and came here. This is ironic, the true meaning of nabob:

    :a person of great wealth or importance

    Jeezis, Agnew (Saffire) even got this wrong! Trying so hard to be smug he came off sounding more like Norm Crosby.

    PS: Speech given right here in my hometown – Dumb Moines, Ioway.

  • creed98

    Nabob’s definition perfectly describes Hollywood and the leftist elites

  • notyranny

    You’ve got to be joking. Those nabobs have mutated into full blown communist indoctrination robots and the weak minded cant lap it up fast enough.

  • notyranny

    Never underestimate a Communist.

  • notyranny

    Red Flag…how appropriate

  • http://www.law-business.com John B Payne

    Are you unfamiliar with the term “irony?”

  • Benito Ciaro

    My Pakistani friends tell me that the original word in their language is nawab, which means someone with power and influence.

  • msteeln

    It’s real sweet that we’re still watching Bush and Cheney laff their free as a bird asses off at America and justice.

  • Flame

    “Nabob” may have been used slightly off definition, but Safire was assuredly looking for alliteration, and his phrase worked as we are still using it 45 years later. A friend of mine has either coined or co-opted an excellent portmanteau word to describe today’s media — “presstitutes.”

    For my part, I wake up in the morning looking to learn news, and what do I get but a “giggling gaggle of goofballs.”

    Oh for the olden days when journalists and reporters actually reported the news, with a reasonable lack of personal bias, instead of these daily comedy shows that work to make laughing stocks of candidates for the most important office in the world!

  • darkmatter

    This is what happens when the facts are not on your side. When
    your world view is based on something other than reality you push-back on those
    telling you, you are wrong.

  • John Condon

    Mastering, Implicit in this is that Bush and Cheney ought to be jailed for what you consider heinous offense? And that the actors in the WH today are pure by comparison? Just trying to get an understanding of what pearls of wisdom you have at your command.

    I see Obama as the second coming of Nixon. You might disagree.

  • John Condon

    This type of English emanates from the intellectual school of Oprah where her shrinks and fellow true believers reference “my truth” which is quite laughable and even more so in as much she uses the phrase on television in the clear hope of adding gravitas to her uneducated and poorly conceived political brain waves.

  • capacitated

    Actually, I suspect Safire was intending ‘nabob’ to perform double duty; first to perform the obviously desired alliteration, and second to sarcastically deride the media as smugly self-important.