Notable Quotables - 05/29/1989

Bush & The Environment

"Several signals, including Bush's slow response to the Alaska oil spill and his refusal even to consider an increase in the gasoline tax have raised concern that he is not the kind of forceful, decisive leader the country needs to deal with the growing environmental crisis."
- Dick Thompson in Time magazine's "Environment" section, May 22 issue.


Oliver North

"Why not 10 years of community service in a Nicaraguan hospital changing the wounds of women and children whose limbs were blown off by U.S.-supplied and Contra-laid land mines? Why not 10 years of cleaning latrines at a Marine Corps base, North having disgraced the military he professes to love so much?"
- Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy suggesting sentences for North, May 21.



"By American standards, this extraordinary meeting was as if at the height of the anti-war demonstrations in Chicago in 1968, President Johnson had met with radical activists Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden and it had then been shown on the network news."
- ABC's John Laurence on the May 18 World News Tonight, referring to meeting between students and officials.

"It is the size of China that's such a barrier for economic reform. That, and cultural traditions bred through the centuries."
- Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, May 16.

"Zhao, Gorbachev restore Communist Party ties"
- Washington Times, May 17.

"Gorbachev, in China, Calls for Democracy"
- Washington Post, same day.


Gorbachev & The Students

"I think he's a man who is sitting there thinking I must be a little bit overcome by my own success. I created glasnost, the concept, I've tried to spread it around the world, the Chinese students, the Chinese people said thank you very much, and this is what became of it."
- Reporter Steve Hurst on CNN, May 19.

"'We, too, have hotheads who want to renovate socialism overnight, but it doesn't happen in real life. Only in fairy tales.'"
- Mikhail Gorbachev as quoted by The Washington Post, May 18.


The Quayles

"After monitoring her husband's career and surviving the furor over his selection as George Bush's running mate, Marilyn Quayle knows something about disasters."
- From Time "People" page, May 15.


Soviet Democracy

"Gorbachev is the symbol of democracy around the world."
- Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, May 20.

"Today's real advertisement for democracy, however, is to be found in the Soviet Union, which is holding the second round of parliamentary elections."
- Sam Donaldson after story on elections on Argentina. ABC's World News Tonight, May 14.


Jimmy Carter

"The person we have chosen this week has continued his life with distinction, considerable grace, and with a very strong commitment to peace and justice...In the public's mind, the scales were never balanced. Carter's success in foreign affairs, peace between Egypt and Israel, renewed respect for the United States in Latin America, have always been outweighed in the public mind by the hostage crisis."
- Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight, May 12.



"Moreover, as democracy became the Administration's watchword, dealings with Panama's dictator rendered Reagan's denunciations of Nicaragua's 'dictator in designer glasses' patently hypocritical."
- Time Senior Writer Jill Smolowe, May 22.


East German Economy

"East Germany is the Communist world's vaunted economic success story, hailed as proof that hard work, discipline and thrift can translate Karl Marx's theories into reality."
- New York Times reporter Ferdinand Protzman in the May 15 "Business Day" section.


May Day

"In Red Square, a relaxed, joyous May Day, with slogans celebrating not only labor, but peace and protection of the environment."
- Bob Abernethy on NBC Nightly News, May 1.


Cold War

"For the present, the United States may be likened to the Soviet Union in the Age of Chernenko. American leaders are immobilized, unable to shake out of their Cold War lethargy, their gargantuan 'national-security' budgets, their ossifying military alliance and decaying cities."
- Institute for Policy Studies co-founder Marcus Raskin in the May 21 Washington Post "Outlook" section.


Eastern Airlines

"RALLYING THE RANKS: Eastern Strike Seen as Labor Success"
- Christian Science Monitor, May 23.

"Many striking employees are facing financial ruin...Unless the airline is sold soon, many strikers will face destitution."
- Peter Van Sant on the CBS Evening News, same day.


Media Bias

"People who are biased and do the hiring don't feel that they are biased. Sharks don't think they are worth making movies about. They're just having lunch."
- New York radio talk show host Barry Farber.


John Mack

"The television networks, ordinarily eager to leap on wounded politicians, were distinguished by their silence...Barbara Cohen, chief of the CBS Washington bureau, had a novel explanation. On the one hand, she said, CBS has been pursuing Pamela Small, with no success, for a filmed interview since 1988. On the other hand, the CBS Evening News is not the place for such a story - 'we don't have a Style section'- and in any case would not want to broadcast a story casting 'a shadow' on Speaker Wright in his time of troubles, all this suggesting that CBS henceforth may be referred to as the Compassionate Broadcasting System."
- Washington Post Ombudsman Richard Harwood, May 14.


- L. Brent Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Jim Heiser, Richard Marois, Patrick Swan, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
- Cynthia Bulman; Administrative Assistant