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#1 2008-12-17 22:13:30


Ардашева, Сустина

Maureen Dowd, N.Y. Times' snark-in-chief, gets a public scolding
Some writers aspire to snarky. Maureen Dowd is already there and not looking back.
At least until this week.
Reading Dowd is reminiscent of watching a Don Rickles' nightclub act, only with a lot more hair. You never know what outrageous thing is going to come out next.
That, frankly, is why so many people read her regularly. She sounds spontaneous, producing the unexpected reading experience, not preformed and formulaic like so much modern newspaper writing.
She's a buzzmaker at a publication that has, until her, always wanted the institution to be the star, not the individual.
Which is why over the years so many gifted writers like Gay Talese, David Halberstam, David Broder, E.J. Dionne, Hedrick Smith and others left the well-paid but cloisterly confines of that paper.
Dowd showed early snarkiness and a keen eye for the scalpeled phrase while writing about George H.W. Bush. The borderline inappropriateness of some of her writing in the news columns and the fear of losing her... saw her "promoted" to the opinion pages in 1995, where Dowd earned a commentary Pulitzer in 1999.
Dowd gets away with writing things in the old grey lady and on its spiffy website that have made colleagues cringe and grumble jealously for years. As her boss, Andrew Rosenthal, defensively points out, she's not paid to be objective. And she earns that pay.
This past primary election season some people thought she went overboard in her acerbic assaults on the New York Times' hometown Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"I've been twisting gender stereotypes around for 24 years," Dowd says.
The newspaper's public editor, Clark Hoyt, initiated a review of Times coverage in general and Dowd specifically. He found some examples of gender bias -- an autumn examination of Clinton's alleged "cackle" that was unmatched by any analysis of Rudy Giuliani's sudden gales of inappropriate laughter when pressed.
Hoyt sought independent analyses of the coverage, which he reported in a column Sunday, found some offenses (such as more frequent references to Clinton's clothing and none to the male candidates'), but a general tone on the careful side of the gender bias issue. (By the way, in his website photo Hoyt prefers a striped shirt and goes coatless.)
However, Hoyt wrote: "Dowd’s columns about Clinton’s campaign were so loaded with language painting her as a 50-foot woman with a suffocating embrace, a conniving film noir dame and a victim dependent on her husband that they could easily have been listed in that Times article on sexism."
Dowd responded that no one ever complained when she wrote that way about male candidates. Hoyt noted that Dowd had, in fact, also written searingly about Barack Obama, criticizing his "feminine" management style and often calling him "Obambi."
Hoyt, however, critiqued the "relentless nature" of Dowd's "gender-laden assault on Clinton," involving 28 of 44 columns since Jan. 1.
Hoyt's catalogue said Dowd wrote that "Clinton’s 'message is unapologetically emasculating,' and that she 'needed to prove her masculinity' but in the end 'had to fend off calamity by playing the female victim.' In one column Dowd wrote, 'She may want to take a cue from the Miss America contest: make a graceful, magnanimous exit and wait in the wings.'"
Hoyt concluded in his column: "Even she, I think, by assailing Clinton in gender-heavy terms in column after column, went over the top this election season."
What impact, if any, such a sudden scolding in public might have on Dowd and her writing will emerge in time. Colorful writers whose words wound often have surprisingly fragile egos themselves.
It would be a shame, however, at a time when American newspapers are going through their own fragile era centered on feeble finances and declining readership, if one of the brighter if occasionally offensive voices was somehow muted. The number of newspaper writers that readers make a mental appointment with is, alas, miniscule.
If anything, dowdy American print journalism needs even more writers who arrange words in ways that customers actually want to read. Which, admittedly, is much easier to say when you haven't been her target -- yet.
--Andrew Malcolm

Предпереводческий анализ:


Maureen Dowd (born January 14, 1952) is a Washington D.C.-based columnist for The New York Times.She has worked for the Times since 1983, when she joined as a metropolitan reporter.In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Dowd's columns are distinguished by an acerbic, often polemical writing style. Her columns often display a critical and irreverent attitude towards powerful figures such as President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and Pope Benedict XVI. Dowd sometimes refers to Bush as "Bubble-Boy" or simply "W." Vice President Dick Cheney is known by a variety of monikers, including "Vice", "Darth", "Shooter", "Tricky Dick Deuce", "Dr. No" and "Big Time."Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld she routinely calls "Rummy," although this is actually a nickname used by his long-time close personal friends. "Wolfie" however, is not an actual nickname used by the friends of Paul D. Wolfowitz. President George H. W. Bush, whom she covered as Times White House Correspondent, is known as "41," "Daddy" or "Poppy Bush." More recent targets of Dowd's derision include former CIA Director George Tenet, known as "Slam," or "Slam-dunk" and Cheney's chief of staff after the resignation and indictment of Scooter Libby, David Addington, who is commonly referred to as "the Black Adder." In a not-so-veiled swipe at Katie Couric[citation needed], Dowd frequently refers to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "I'm-a-Dinner-Jacket."
Her use of many such nicknames has prompted some to parody the concept of her own book, Bushworld, by saying that it is really "Dowdworld - Enter at Your Own Risk." Another frequent Dowd motif is to catalog the popular culture influences of the public figures she profiles in her columns.

Don Rickles is a well known actor in Hollywood. He started his job doing job as comedy in a night club for 20 years. In 1958, Don made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). From 1973 to 1984, Don made a lot of appearances on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. After 1984 Don Rickles took it easy from acting and appeared in just minor roles in films, and he started...

Gay Talese (born February 7, 1932) is an American author. He wrote for The New York Times in the early 1960s and helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

David Halberstam (April 10, 1934–April 23, 2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War, his work on politics, history, business, media, American culture, and his later sports journalism.

David S. Broder (born September 11, 1929) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, television talk show pundit, and university professor. He was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois

Eugene J. "E.J." Dionne, Jr. (born April 23, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts), raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, is an American journalist and political commentator, and a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, a Senior Research Fellow at Saint Anselm College, and an NPR Commentator.

Andrew Rosenthal (born 1956 in New Delhi, India) is an American journalist and editorial page editor of The New York Times. Rosenthal is in charge of the paper's opinion pages, both in the newspaper and online. He oversees the editorial board, the Letters and Op-Ed departments, as well as the Editorial and Op-Ed sections of NYTimes.com. The New York Times maintains a separation between the editorial department of the paper and the news department. Rosenthal answers directly to the publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.
Clark Hoyt is an American journalist who is currently the public editor of the New York Times, serving as the 'readers representative'. He is the newspaper's third public editor, or ombudsman, after Daniel Okrent and Byron Calame. His two-year term began on May 14, 2007.
Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani (pronounced /ˈruːdi ˌdʒuːliːˈɑːni/;[1] born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman and politician from the state of New York who was Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001.

Hedrick Smith (born July 9, 1933 in Kilmacolm, Scotland) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter and editor for The New York Times, an Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent for the PBS show Frontline, and author of several books.
He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1962 to 1988. He won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1974 for stories from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Frontline is a public affairs television program of varying length produced at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, and distributed through the Public Broadcasting Service network in the United States. The program has been on the air since 1983, and is highly respected for producing in-depth documentaries about various subjects, leading to numerous awards. Some programs are made by independent filmmakers and broadcast as part of the Frontline series. Since the series debut, there have been more than 480 films broadcast.
Every four years since 1988, Frontline runs a special profiling the nominees for President of the United States entitled "The Choice [Insert Year]" . The most recent of these aired on October 14, 2008, featuring a dual biography tracing the lives and careers of John McCain and Barack Obama.

Andrew Malcolm's immigrant parents repeatedly stressed the importance of active participation in a democracy. Early lessons included learning the alphabetical list of states by watching televised roll calls of national political conventions. That childhood exposure led to a lifelong fascination with politics, including 40-plus years of covering them and a brief stint practicing them as press secretary to Laura Bush in 1999-2000.

A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Malcolm served on the Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four.


In 1995, Dowd became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page[1][2], replacing Anna Quindlen,[4] who left to become a full-time novelist.
op-ed [] ; от op(posite) + ed(itorial) расположенный напротив страницы редактора (о странице в газете, где публикуют статьи, выражающие личную точку зрения автора)

The Pulitzer Prize for Commentary has been awarded since 1970. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.
1999: Maureen Dowd, New York Times, "for her fresh and insightful columns on the impact of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky."

Пулитцеровская премия (англ. Pulitzer Prize) — одна из наиболее престижных наград США в области литературы, журналистики, музыки и театра.
В октябре 1911 года скончался газетный магнат венгерского происхождения Джозеф Пулитцер (р. 1847). Согласно завещанию был основан фонд его имени на оставленные с этой целью два миллиона долларов.
С 1917 года премия вручается ежегодно в первый понедельник мая попечителями Колумбийского университета в Нью-Йорке.
Размер премии — 10 тысяч долларов.
За время своего существования Пулитцеровская комиссия неоднократно подвергалась критике за неправильное вручение или не вручение наград. Противоречия часто возникали также между счетной комиссией и судейской коллегией. Субъективность самого процесса награждения с неизбежностью приводила к такого рода противоречиям. Однако комиссия никогда не принимала популистских решений. Многие, а возможно и большинство отмеченных премией книг, никогда не входили в основные списки бестселлеров, а многие награжденные комиссией пьесы никогда не ставились на сценах бродвейских театров. В журналистской номинации такие главные издания как New York Times, The Wall Street Journal и The Washington Post собрали множество наград. Однако комиссия часто отмечала и небольшие, малоизвестные газеты. С 2006 года авторы и издания, претендующие на Пулитцеровскую премию, смогут представлять в жюри не только произведения на бумажных носителях, но и работы из Интернет-пространства.

Old Gray Lady     - Historically the nickname for The New York Times; now often used with a disparaging (унизительный, пренебрежительный) tone.

New York’s hometown senator - Hillary Clinton was elected United States Senator from New York on November 7, 2000. She is the first  Lady elected to the United States Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York.

film noir [] ; ; ; film noirs, films noir, films noirs фильм нуар, "чёрное кино" (жанр кино; появился во время Второй мировой войны; криминальная драма, жёсткий психологический детектив, отражающие мрачные общественные настроения)

[u]The "wings"
are the areas just offstage, left and right, in a theatre, where actors who are not onstage get ready to enter and perform. So the phrase means to wait for one's turn to take part, particularly the kind of waiting where a "cue" tells you it's time to enter. It's applied metaphorically to all kinds of patient waiting for an opportunity. "The Turkish army is waiting in the wings while the other armies fight the initial battles."

miniscule - very small; "a minuscule kitchen"; "a minuscule amount of rain fell"

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#2 2008-12-21 16:46:37


Re: Ардашева, Сустина

Hillary Clinton's Cackle =D
Посмотрите обязательно - смешно! ))

Секси́зм (от лат. sexus — пол) — дискриминация человека по полу, в обществе может быть представлен в виде системы стереотипов или даже идеологии.

(By the way, in his website photo Hoyt prefers a striped shirt and goes coatless) - Скорее всего, имеется в виду, что полосатая рубашка без пиджака  считается неофициальным стилем одежды, но к чему это сказано, нам не понятно. =)

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