Notable Quotables - 02/25/2008
|Chris Gets His Thrill On|
Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: "Steady."
Matthews: "No, seriously. It's a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment."
- Exchange during MSNBC's coverage of the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. primaries, February 12.
|CBS's Valentine for Obama|
- Correspondent Tracy Smith on CBS's The Early Show, February 14.
|Can't Wait to Impugn Republicans|
- NBC's Matt Lauer to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Today, February 19.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "There's still plenty of racism out
there, you know. There are all these incidents you see of racial hatred....How
worried are you - and you're obviously sympathetic to the Republicans - that if
Barack Obama gets the Democratic presidential nomination, that there could be
elements of racism that come up from the other side?"
|McCain vs. "Far Right" "Crazies"|
"While [Senator John] McCain may be close to locking up the Republican
nomination, he still faces a tough battle to win the support of hard-line
- Fill-in anchor Harry Smith on the February 7 CBS Evening News.
"McCain: Frail with the Far Right"
Co-host Harry Smith: "These conservatives, they're still - they're
not happy. They're not happy about this guy."
|Just Toddlers Having a Tantrum|
- NBC's Matt Lauer to Ann Coulter on Today, February 8.
|Just a Matter of Time|
"I do think he [John McCain] gets good treatment....The media like him because
he's the one who pokes his thumb in Republican and conservative eyes, mostly
conservative eyes. But as soon as it's McCain against Obama or Clinton, the
media goes over to the other side."|
- Former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg on FNC's The O'Reilly Factor, February 7.
|Vieira's Liberal Circle of Friends|
"I was with a group of friends who, actually were trying to choose between
Clinton and Obama and the, for example, the ones who were for Clinton said,
'Well I want to vote for her but I think I'm gonna vote for Obama because I
think he, he can win the general election.' And then some of the Obama people
said, 'Well, I'm gonna vote for Clinton because I think she's gonna win.'"|
- NBC's Meredith Vieira on the February 4 Today.
"Could global warming one day force us into space to live?"|
- ABC's Sam Champion, Good Morning America, Feb. 8.
|Run, Al, Run|
"Al Gore on the second ballot: A scenario that a few weeks ago seemed
preposterous is beginning to look plausible to some nervous Democrats
looking for a way out of the deadlock between Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama.... Democrats want to win. The new rallying cry: Gore on the second
- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift in a February 15 posting to her magazine's "Stumper" political blog.
"He foresaw global warming. He 'took the initiative' on the
Internet. And he knew exactly how Iraq would turn out. Who's to say that Al
Gore hasn't known all along that the Democratic race would descend into some
weird state of gridlock - and that only he, the Goracle, could rescue the
party from civil war?"
|"Dashing" "Rock Star" Castro|
- ABC's Diane Sawyer on the February 19 Good Morning America, after news Castro would relinquish his title as Cuban president.
"His record has been a mix of great social achievements, but a
dismal economic performance that has mired most Cubans in poverty. He succeeded
in establishing universal health care, providing free education through college
and largely rooting out racism."
|News You Can Use|
CBS's Katie Couric: "What were you like in high school? Were you the girl
in the front row taking meticulous notes and always raising your hand?...Someone
told me your nickname in school was Miss Frigidaire. Is that true?"|
Hillary Clinton: "Only with some boys." [laughs]
Couric, giggling: "I don't know if I want to hear the back story on that!"
Clinton: "Well, you wouldn't want to know the boys either." [bursts out laughing]
- CBS's 60 Minutes, February 10.
|Some Fine Objective Reporting|
"Mr. Bush never sounds surer of himself than when the subject is Sept. 11, even
when his critics argue that he has squandered the country's moral authority,
violated American and international law, and led the United States into the
foolhardy distraction of Iraq."|
- New York Times reporter Steven Lee Myers in a February 12 front-page "news analysis" about military trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 conspirators.
|Americans "Suffering" Due to Bush|
President George W. Bush: "I don't agree with that."
Curry: "You don't agree with that? Has nothing to do with the economy? The war? The spending on the war?...But at some point if you're wrong about something it is - I'm not saying that you are, I'm just saying that at some point if you, if this idea of not wanting soldiers to die in vain. At some point, if you're absolutely wrong, you don't want any more soldiers to die in vain."
Bush: "Well, we're not wrong in this case."
- Exchange on NBC's Today, February 18.