Notable Quotables - 05/13/2002
Pilots Scarier Than Terrorists
"I don't feel safer. Airplanes is one of the few places I feel safe from guns. Having some pilot who's gone off his nut for some reason running around with a gun does not make me feel safe."
-ABC This Week co-host Cokie Roberts, May 5.
Armey, the Milosevec of Texas
ABC's Terry Moran: "The House Majority Leader, Mr. Armey, suggested on an appearance on Hardball that it would be preferable for Israel to keep the West Bank and for the Palestinian people there to be transferred, ethnically cleansed. What does the President think of this? He didn't use those words."
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: "Yeah. Did the Majority Leader use those words?"
Moran: "He said that they should leave....That's the way Milosevic said it, he never said ethnic cleansing either."
-Exchange at the White House press briefing on May 2.
Pleading with the "Loved" Arafat
"I walk the streets with you today and I know the Palestinian people love you. Now, even more than, even before when they still love you then, now they, now you can take control of all of this. Now you can keep the peace on this side. If you keep the peace on this side, then let the other side be the aggressor..."
"Just say, just say it for me: No more, no more, even if you love Palestine don't do this, don't do this suicide bombing, don't do this terrorism. Say that now, say that now!"
-Geraldo Rivera to Yasser Arafat on FNC's War Zone with Geraldo Rivera, May 4.
Tears for Teen Terrorists
"Israeli soldiers killed seven Palestinians today in Gaza and the West Bank, but many on both sides are still stunned by the deaths Tuesday of three victims too young to die for any cause."
-Dan Rather setting up an April 25 CBS Evening News story on 13 and 14-year-old Palestinians shot dead near Israeli homes while armed with knives and bombs.
"There was a very significant funeral in Palestinian Gaza this week for three boys who were killed by the Israelis. The fact that they were so young - the boys - has been particularly disturbing to Israelis and Palestinians both."
-ABC's Peter Jennings, April 25 World News Tonight.
Arafat as Bob Vila & Mr. Rogers
"He emerged to the cheers of his people and then Yasser Arafat wanted to be everywhere. He met with school children, with old friends. This one couldn't hold back his tears. At a hospital he comforted the wounded, said prayers for those who had died. At one point he noticed a home damaged in the fighting. With television cameras rolling, Mr. Arafat was soon helping to repair the walls... "
-Gillian Findlay on ABC's World News Tonight, May 2.
"After 103 days confined to his headquarters, today Yasser Arafat finally emerged into the sunlight. Blinking hard, looking frail, but a free man again. Seeing for the first time the damage to Palestinian government buildings, Arafat called the Israeli military 'a Nazi army' and seemed moved in front of the hospital, praying for more than twenty corpses that were buried in the parking lot because Israeli troops had prevented proper burials. But the children made him smile even if this little girl burst into tears when Arafat kissed her... "
-Martin Fletcher on the May 2 NBC Nightly News.
Military Uniform = Deceit to CNN
CNN reporter Bob Franken: "Journalists were kept in polite custody during the operation far from here. Military officials cited operational security, what they like to call 'OpSec.' So reports of the transfer were provided only by the ones who were in charge of it."
Franken to Brigadier General Rick Baccus: "How can we know that you're telling the truth?"
Baccus: "As you are well aware, the International Committee of the Red Cross is on station. They were informed of the move yesterday and they have access to the detainees as of today with no problems, so they could verify that."
Franken: "May I follow up? The International Red Cross, as you know, does not report to the public, nor do you report whatever their deliberations are. How can the public know that youre telling the truth about the move?"
Baccus: "Well, as a commissioned officer in the armed forces, I can assure you that what I've said is the truth."
-Story on the move of detainees from Camp X-Ray to Camp Delta, April 29 NewsNight on CNN.
"We have an Attorney General that is, I don't know, how would you describe him, demented? We have an Attorney General who doesn't seem to understand the law."
-New Yorker's Seymour Hersh to the Chicago Headliner Club, as quoted by Steve Rhodes in Chicago, May 2.
Barbara Walters Awed By Hillary
"I went to a luncheon yesterday and Hillary Clinton was there. And I don't get to see Hillary Clinton very much and she was talking about the problems of New York and the problems of safety. She was simply terrific. She was so well informed, she speaks without any written material, you know. We do a lot of kidding around, but boy, I was impressed."
-Barbara Walters on ABC's The View, May 7.
Bush Fundraising Like Clinton's?
"After spending a lot of time during the 2000 campaign blasting the Clinton-Gore administration for what he called its 'scandalous fundraising,' President Bush has embraced the practice with relish. There was an official reason for this presidential trip and thus for taxpayers picking up most of the tab for the visit...."
-ABC's Terry Moran on World News Tonight, April 24.
German Shooting: America's Fault
Daryn Kagan: "As that reporter was telling us, from Berlin, this isn't over. They're not sure if just the one gunman or there's other gunmen out there and so the search and the situation at the school still goes on.
Leon Harris: It's incredible, incredible."
Kagan: "Not the kind of thing we want to export from this country."
-Exchange on CNN at about 10:25am EDT on April 26.
Global Warming? Never Mind
"The recent collapse of an enormous, 12,000-year-old Antarctic ice shelf, coupled with the warmest winter on record, is adding fuel to the debate over global warming....Terry Joyce, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, studies the effects of global warming. He and other researchers are increasingly sounding a new alarm, a paradox, that global warming could produce an abrupt climate change and cooler temperatures, very soon."
-Reporter Randall Pinkston, April 28 CBS Evening News.
Not So Compassionate
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift: "We're pretty far to the right here. And Europe, I think most of the, the parties you're talking about are still on the fringe. Second of all, Le Pen- "
John McLaughlin: "This is a compassionate conservative President! What are you talking about?"
Clift: "That's more talk than reality."
-Exchange on the McLaughlin Group, April 27.
Probing Liberal "Root Causes"
"Today [South Central Los Angeles dentist Bill] Faulkner's office is back in that shopping center....But the root causes of the riot, he says, are still there....When it comes to the people, little has changed here in ten years. South Central still has a high unemployment rate and a high crime rate. Los Angeles remains deeply divided along racial lines with an enormous wealth gap between the rich and the poor."
-ABC's Judy Muller on South Central Los Angeles ten years after the riots, April 29 World News Tonight.
Pushing to Repeal the Tax Cut
"Is the real question that the Democrats don't want to vote on a budget where they're going to have to take some money out of the Social Security Trust Fund in order to try to bring down the deficit?...Then why not repeal the tax cut?...Why not even call for repealing the tax cut?"
-Questions from ABC's Cokie Roberts to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, April 28 This Week.
Media Bias Cop-Out
Anderson Cooper: "On both sides of this issue [Middle East], people see this so clearly one way or the other, it's really fascinating."
Paula Zahn: "And it clearly colors their reaction to reporting and I think its, you know, very difficult for people to separate their own personal views from the way they interpret the news."
Jack Cafferty: "The news media is only objective if they report something you agree with."
Cafferty: "Then they're objective. Otherwise they're biased if you don't agree, you know."
Zahn: "So I think it's very, what is the word, encouraging, when you sort of get an equal number of e-mails, one accusing you of the pro, one accusing you of the anti, because you know in the middle, you're straight down the middle."
-Discussion on CNN's American Morning, April 24.
Maybe He's Not So Brilliant
"Bill Clinton is still considering offers to be a TV talk show host. Now, that certainly would give him the money and visibility he apparently craves, but he can forget about the respect and standing that he also desires. It would reinforce the charge of Clinton critics that he's not a serious political figure. It also wouldn't help Senator Clinton. Which raises the question, who does this brilliant man listen to, and how do such matters even get on his radar screen?"
-Outrage of the Week from Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt, May 4 CNN Capital Gang.