The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Sore Losers Award
- Honey, I shrunk the Democratic Party
- Oliver Stone
- I Still Hate Reagan
- Apolitical Observers
- Media Hero
- Flatliner Award
- Rodney Dangerfield
- Politics of Meaninglessness
- Clinton Enemies
- You're No Anita Hill
- No Money Down
- Good Morning Morons
- Damn Conservatives
- Iron Curtain Award
- Which Way Is It?
- Dumbest Quote of the Year
- 1994 Award Judges
Clinton Enemies List Award (for Those Who Dare Stray from the Media Pack)
‚ÄúTo his fans, David Brock, the writer who ruined the Clintons‚Äô Christmas, is a hard-hitting investigative reporter. To everyone else, he is a smear artist with a right-wing agenda. But a reading of Mr. Brock‚Äôs oeuvre in the conservative journal The American Spectator suggests that his motives are at least as twisted as his facts. It‚Äôs women, not liberals, who really get him going. The slightest sighting of female sexuality whips him into a frenzy of misogynist zeal. All women are the same to Mr. Brock: terrifying, gutter-tongued sexual omnivores.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď New York Times columnist (and former theater critic) Frank Rich, January 6.
‚ÄúThere is very little in the press accounts to suggest that he is, above all, a sophisticated propagandist, an avatar of the politics of meanness and envy....Limbaugh is defending the successful against the impudent demands of the poor; by making all that funny, he gives the comfortable a way to think that greed and a cold-hearted wit comprise a cohesive ideology.... his style is pure demagoguery. Just as Reagan talked of welfare queens in Cadillacs, Limbaugh seizes on the absurd detail, gives it an absurdist twist of his own, and sends it out into the world under the guise of analysis and principle...."
‚ÄúIt is not enough for him to oppose liberalism. He must, like all demagogues, scare his listeners, get them to believe in conspiracy, rumor....Like Reagan, Limbaugh is neither curious nor brave; he would rather tell his audiences fairy tales than have them face the world; he would rather sneer at the weak than trouble the strong.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Former Washington Post reporter David
Remnick in the Post‚Äôs Outlook section, February 20.
‚ÄúWhy does anyone take Rush Limbaugh seriously?....He‚Äôs entertaining. But, come on, he is to truthfulness as President Clinton is to faithfulness ‚Äď he has but a passing acquaintance with it. He‚Äôs toying with you, folks, getting you all riled up with a stew of half-truths and non-truths. He‚Äôs making fools of you, feeding you swill ‚Äď and you‚Äôre taking it in....So keep listening if you want. But just remember that he‚Äôs a charlatan.‚ÄĚ
Former NBC News President Michael Gartner in a USA Today column, July
‚ÄúOne of my losers of the year is David Brock, who wrote that slimy magazine article that revived all those charges about Bill Clinton‚Äôs personal behavior, and I regarded that as journalism which is truly out of bounds.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď PBS Washington Week in Review moderator Paul
Duke, December 31, 1993.