Notable Quotables - 03/09/1998
Law-Breaking By Liberals? Pass More Liberal Laws to Be Ignored
"The Republicans were outraged
by the fundraising practices of the President and the Democratic National
Committee but not so outraged that they felt the need for campaign finance
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw in a New York Times column, February 7.
"Republicans kill the bill to
clean up sleazy political fundraising. The business of dirty campaign money
will stay business as usual....Good evening. Legislation to reform shady big
money campaign fundraising is dead in Congress. Republican opponents in the
Senate killed it today. It was the latest in a long-running attempt to toughen
loose laws that shield hidden donors with loose wallets and deep pockets. As
CBS's Bob Schieffer reports, when it came to the crunch today on campaign
finance reform, it was all talk and no action."
Dan Rather, February 26 CBS Evening News.
"For all those promises of
bipartisan cooperation to clean up the system, for all the investigations into
White House coffees, Buddhist temple fundraisers, stories about top
Republicans chasing campaign money in Hong Kong, and slick operator Roger
Tamraz bragging about buying appointments with the President, for all of that,
Senators took a deep breath and killed campaign finance reform for another
Reporter Bob Schieffer opening the subsequent CBS Evening News story.
"The Senate has effectively
killed political campaign finance reform for the foreseeable future, which
means that even though a majority of Senators declared themselves in favor of
trying to change the way politicians raise and spend money, there were not
enough votes to end a Republican filibuster. Together the Senate and the House
of Representatives spent more than $9 million dollars to hold more than 30
days of hearings on how to change the rules, and even though so many Americans
believe that money is more important to the process than their vote which
is not a pretty picture and though many, many politicians believe the
system is flawed, they will not be fixing it, just yet."
ABC's Peter Jennings, February 26 World News Tonight.
Starr: One Out of Bounds, Self-Serving, Illegal, Ominous Guy
"Starr justified the subpoenas
of Lenzner and Blumenthal by saying a smear campaign could amount to
obstruction of justice, but even some current and former federal prosecutors
say that Starr is out of bounds and he should get on with the issues that
really matter in the Lewinsky case."
ABC's Jackie Judd in a Feb. 24 World News Tonight story on reaction to the subpoenaing of the private investigator and the Clinton aide.
"Special prosecutor Kenneth
Starr has increased the pressure even further on President Clinton today in
what some call the nastiest and most personal clash yet. The Clintons have
accused Starr of illegal, false and self-serving leaks of grand jury testimony
in a campaign to get the Clintons at all costs, as they see it. Tonight, as
CBS News White House correspondent Scott Pelley reports, Starr is boring in
Dan Rather, February 24 CBS Evening News.
"We want to take a closer look
at the legal tactics Ken Starr is employing. Joining us for that, CNN justice
correspondent Pierre Thomas. By calling before the grand jury people such as
Sidney Blumenthal, is Ken Starr acting illegally?"
CNN's Bernard Shaw, February 24 Inside Politics.
"It is now the one invitation in
Washington no one wants, a call to testify before Ken Starrs grand jury. It
left some [video of Lewinsky's mother Marcia Lewis] near emotional collapse,
others [video of Sidney Blumenthal] raging about police state tactics. And
nearly all the witnesses, it is safe to say, felt the ominous chill that comes
with the arrival of a grand jury subpoena."
CBS reporter Eric Engberg, opening a March 2 Evening News story on how prosecutors use the grand jury system.
Media to Starr: Please Pack Your Bags
"Now let's discuss the
question: Should Ken Starr resign? Former federal prosecutor Henry Hudson
joins us on Inside Politics along with Stuart Taylor, a senior writer for the
National Journal and a contributing editor for Newsweek. First to you, Stuart.
Should Starr pack his bags?"
Bernard Shaw on CNN's Inside Politics, Feb. 26.
"New indications in a CBS News
poll out tonight of how the public perceives Republican special prosecutor Ken
Starr's investigation. Our poll suggests only 27 percent believe Starr is
conducting an impartial probe. And 55 percent think it's time for Starr to
drop his investigation."
Dan Rather, March 2 CBS Evening News.
Poor Little Girl, Blackmailed by Starr
"She could be charged with lying
on an affidavit in the Paula Jones case, whether or not she testifies before
the grand jury. She could also be charged with telling Linda Tripp to lie,
according to the tapes. What sort of punishment would she face if, in fact,
Kenneth Starr spends taxpayer's money to put this girl on trial? ....We'll
talk about the leaks in a second, but if Kenneth Starr is withholding full
immunity because Monica's 'truth' [McRee uses fingers to imply truth is
in quotes] doesn't go far enough, is that legal blackmail?"
Two questions from Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee to Lewinsky lawyer William Ginsburg, Feb. 25.
Dare Hold a Hearing? We'll Embarrass You for Clinton
"If in fact the House committee
investigates the President's private life after Ken Starr has investigated
the President's private life, the news media will then investigate the
people who are investigating the private life the same way they investigated
the campaign funding donations of people who inquired into the campaign
funding habits of the Democrats. It's how the game is played. The White
House isn't going to have to do that. We're gonna do that and it's
called doing our job."
Eleanor Clift on CNBC's Equal Time, February 12.
The "Alleged" Scandal We're "Allegedly" Covering Fairly
"In Depth tonight. More on the
alleged White House scandal."
Tom Brokaw, February 12 Nightly News.
PBS: Reaganomics Still Stinks
"The stock market crashed in
October 1987, another setback for Reagan. Black Monday raised doubts about the
soundness of Reagan's economic policies. On Reagan's watch tax revenues
would double, but they never kept up with spending. The national debt nearly
tripled. Although most Americans benefited, the gap between the richest and
poorest became a chasm. Donald Trump and the new billionaires of the 1980s
recalled the extravagance of the captains of industry in the 1880s. There were
losers. Cuts in social programs created a homeless population that grew to
exceed that of Atlanta. AIDS became an epidemic in the 1980s, nearly 50,000
died. Reagan largely ignored it."
Narrator of PBS American Experience profile of Ronald Reagan, February 24.
"If there is any President who
does not deserve credit for our current economic prosperity it is Ronald
Reagan. The latter part of the 1980s will go down as one of the most
poorly-managed, economically reckless fiscal periods in American
PBS To the Contrary host Bonnie Erbe, Feb. 28 Washington Times column.
Please Spank Me
"Based on your dreams for the information age, can you give me your reaction to the type of information we are hearing in the current situation between the President and Monica Lewinsky? Is that the way you envision the information age turning out?"
"But in this particular case do you think it's gotten to the point where possibly there is a chance that there is too much information on this particular subject?"
"As our partner I'm sure you
watch our programming, you're probably a news junkie like the rest of us. Do
you think though that we as journalists have gone overboard on this
NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer pressing Microsoft chief Bill Gates, February 24.
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher;
Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
Eric Darbe, Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, Steve Kaminski, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
Kristina Sewell, Research Associate; Sherri Pascale, Circulation Manager
Rebecca Hinnershitz, Karen Sanjines, Interns