The Best of Notable Quotables; December 16, 1996
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Craig Livingstone Award
- Freddy Krueger Award
- Chris Dodd Talking Points
- Good Morning Morons
- Until Every Child is Dead
- Politics of Meaninglessness
- Blaming Reagan
- I Am Woman
- Fear of the Competition
- Al Gore Tax Cut Scheme
- Damn Conservatives
- Which Way Is It?
- Media Hero
- Timothy McVeigh Award
- Bryant Gumbel Award
- If the Bias Fits Award
- What's the Frequency
- Quote of the Year
- 1996 Award Judges
Craig Livingstone Award (for Clinton Scandal Denial)
"If Ken Starr is a credible prosecutor he will bring this to a
conclusion and the Clintons will be exonerated."
-- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation, February 10 McLaughlin Group. [76 points]
"Have you any doubt that Kenneth Starr and his deputies are
pursuing an agenda that is purely political?"
"Bobby McDaniel, you said that your client is being used as a
political pawn. Have you any legal recourse but to sit there and
watch this unfold?"
"Given that you think this is all just a Republican witch hunt,
do you expect the pressure to ease somewhat after the election?"
-- Some of Bryant Gumbel's questions to former Clinton business
partner and convicted felon Susan McDougal and her attorney,
September 17 Today.
"In a year when you talk about corporations who give $25,000
chunks of money, why are people particularly outraged when people
with last names like Cabrera and people from India and Korea and
Indonesia and China all of a sudden get -- there just seems to be
a lot of foreigner bashing as a subtext in some of the
-- NBC News reporter Gwen Ifill on PBS's Washington Week in Review,
October 25. Cabrera is now serving a 19-year sentence for smuggling
6,000 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.
"It's not impossible that some peripheral venality was involved
(if anyone asked Livingstone for, say, travel factotum Billy
Dale's FBI file, I'm sure he'd prove useful). But a massive
conspiracy to gather dirt on the opposition? Oh, please... Gradually, even the most rabid partisans on the committee seemed to understand they were confronted with a case of serious numbskullery rather than clever skullduggery....But if Clinton does survive this pounding, it may mean the revulsion against the -gate' phenomenon -- 20 years of ever-diminishing scandals -- is now more intense than the disgust caused by any individual charge. If so, it would be the President's most memorable public service."
-- Newsweek Senior Editor Joe Klein on the FBI files story, July 8.