Notable Quotables - 04/21/2008
|This issue also included the winners and runners-up for the MRC's 2008 DisHonors Awards. For a complete run-down of our seventh annual roasting of the most outrageously biased reporters, please visit our DisHonors Awards home page.|
|"Pay Up and Be Grateful!"|
"It's early April, which means these are the few days of the year when Americans
of almost every political stripe unite in a perennial ritual: complaining about
taxes. Count me out. I'm happy to pay my fair share to the government. It's part
of my patriotic duty - and it's a heckuva bargain.... There seems to be an
inconsistency about people who insist on wearing flag pins in their lapels, but
who grumble about paying taxes....Genuine patriots don't complain about their
patriotic obligations....Pay up and be grateful!"|
- Former ABC and CNN reporter Walter Rodgers writing in the Christian Science Monitor, April 2.
|"Bitter" Townies = Terrorists?|
CNN's Jack Cafferty: "Right."
Toobin: "It's been true throughout history that people who have economic problems lash out against various others. I just think it is embarrassing for the Clinton campaign just to hang on to this as if it's some sort of gaffe by Obama."...
Cafferty: "They call it the Rust Belt for a reason. The great jobs and the economic prosperity left that part of the country two or three decades ago. The people are frustrated. The people have no economic opportunity. What happens to folks like that in the Middle East, you ask? Well, take a look. They go to places like al Qaeda training camps."
- Exchange on CNN's The Situation Room, April 11, talking about Obama's remark about how "bitter" people in small towns "cling to guns or religion...as a way to explain their frustrations."
|Racist Whites Will Sink Obama|
"He is a wonderful candidate and I'd be proud to vote for him in every
regard, just about. I think he's a terrific guy. But I have no doubt in my
mind, having lived through the David Dinkins-Rudy Giuliani bare-knuckled
campaign for the mayor of New York, that certain people....I'm talking about
white people, basically. They are gonna go into the secrecy of that polling
place, they're gonna remember Reverend Wright, they are going to be affected
in a negative way. And I think that it will make Barack Obama's success in
the campaign for the White House extremely difficult."
|Scolding the "Heartless" McCain|
- CNN's Dana Bash interviewing Republican presidential candidate John McCain on The Situation Room, April 1.
|The "Infamous" Charlton Heston|
"As President of the National Rifle Association, he became one of the
most-polarizing figures in American politics."|
- ABC's Dan Harris reporting on the death of actor Charlton Heston, April 6 World News.
"Once the quintessential big screen hero, in his later
years he drew as much attention for his controversial politics."
"In the 1950s and '60s, the era of the movie epic - those three-hour
extravaganzas with a cast of thousands and the passionate enunciation of high
ideals - he was the epic hero....He became a villain to many in his later life,
when he took up the strident support of conservative causes, most notably that
of the National Rifle Association....Heston supported restrictions on abortion;
he campaigned for Reagan (possible bumper sticker: 'God Likes the Gipper') and
both Bushes; he inadvisedly posed for a photo with a white supremacist leader.
He spoke at any conservative function that would have him, and what group
"In his later years, Heston was known for his Republican views, but when he
first became politically active, he voted Democratic - for Kennedy and then
Johnson. He was also an early supporter of civil rights, and marched on
Washington....As famous as he was for his film roles, he became infamous for his
politics, including his belief that the Bill of Rights is built upon the bedrock
of the Second Amendment."
|Free Markets Are a "False Idol"|
Joblessness is growing. Millions of homes are sliding into foreclosure. The
financial system continues to choke on the toxic leftovers of the mortgage
crisis. The downward spiral of the economy is challenging a notion that has
underpinned American economic policy for a quarter-century - the idea that
prosperity springs from markets left free of government interference....With
market forces now seemingly gone feral, disenchantment with regulation has given
way to demands for fresh oversight, placing Mr. [Milton] Friedman's intellectual
legacy under fresh scrutiny."
|Tough Enough for Right Wing?|
"How do we know that you're tough enough to take the heat from the right -
from the radio address, from the right wing radio, from the right wing
columnists - if you begin to pull our troops out of Iraq and they start
screaming, 'Who lost Iraq?' How do we know you're as tough as Dick Cheney to
ignore public opinion and do what you believe in? Because he's certainly
tough enough to do it."|
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Hardball, April 2.
|Impugning "Racist" Director|
Reporter Nick Watt: "The 17-minute movie [from Dutch director Geert
Wilders] shows terrorist attacks and quotes lines from the Koran: 'Where ye meet
the unbelievers, smite at their necks and fight them until there is no
dissension.'... Wilders wants Holland to ban all Muslim immigration and he wants
Muslims to change their ideology, which he likens to Nazism. [to Wilders] You
believe the Western Judeo-Christian culture is superior. You believe immigration
should be stopped. I mean, you're a racist, no"|
Director Geert Wilders: "No. I'm nothing. Once again, I am not a racist because I have nothing against any race."
- ABC's Good Morning America, March 29.
|Rebuking Anti-Roe McCain|
Co-host Joy Behar: "I said to [Senator John McCain] off the camera, I
said to him 'Listen, how can you be against Roe v. Wade? You can not turn
on women like that.'"
|The "Bear Stearns of Pedophilia"|
- Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time, April 11.