Washington Post/MSNBC's Robinson Plagiarizes Peter Jennings on Electorate's 'Temper Tantrum'
Published: 9/5/2010 11:13 PM ET
The late Peter Jennings, shortly after the Republicans took control of Congress in 1994: "Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week."
Washington Post Associate Editor Eugene Robinson, a frequent guest analyst on MSNBC, in his Friday column on polls showing voters will throw out Democrats, again, in November: "This isn't an 'electoral wave,' it's a temper tantrum."
More Jennings from 1994: "Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old."
And more from Robinson this year: "The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats."
James Taranto highlighted the similarities in his Friday "Best of the Web Today" for the Wall Street Journal's online opinion page.
Then-ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary of November 14, 1994, the winner of the "Sore Losers Award (for Midterm Election Reporting)" in the MRC's "The Best Notable Quotables of 1994: The Seventh Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting."