The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994

Vol. Seven; No. 26


Oliver Stone Award (for Liberal Conspiracy Mongering)

“The American Spectator broke the story, as Gwen mentioned, because they’re a very right-wing ideological publication....What really happened was there was a conspiracy, in my opinion, by right-wingers, including some right-wing journalists, to press this newspaper [the Los Angeles Times] into running this story before it was ready to, trying to get it out, and so they spread the rumor all around town that I had threatened to resign if it did run...I know one of the guys who was spreading it: Brit Hume of ABC, who covers the White House, who writes for The American Spectator. I know there's another conservative journalist who covers the White House, Fred Barnes, who’s on the editorial board of The American Spectator...So they were all promoting this story.”

Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau Chief Jack Nelson on PBS’ Washington Week in Review, December 24, 1993.


“She [Hillary] is really convinced that the right wing is incredibly well-organized, and there is kind of a hate campaign going on in this country that is, is deeply and well-organized, and it poses a real threat to government and the Clintons personally. And I mean, she may be right.”

–  Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, August 13.
“Some of us were called in by Caspar Weinberger, when he was the Secretary of Defense. This was after Grenada, after the Grenada invasion, which again was not covered. We don’t know the full story today. No reporters got in for three days. I don’t know whether we really found a warehouse full of AK-47s there or not. Maybe we planted them there. I’m not saying we did, but we had three days to do it if we wanted to because we had no reporters get there at the beginning.”

– Walter Cronkite on CNBC’s Dick Cavett, March 4.

“Questions abound about how and why Republican Kenneth Starr suddenly came to be the new Independent Counsel in the Whitewater case replacing Republican Robert Fiske. New disclosures are fueling questions about whether or not Starr is an ambitious Republican partisan backed by ideologically-motivated, anti-Clinton activists and judges from the Reagan, Bush, and Nixon years. Correspondent Eric Engberg has tonight’s CBS Evening News reality check.”

– Dan Rather, August 12 CBS Evening News.