Notable Quotables - 06/13/1988




"Oh, Mr. Gorbachev!

You are so different from all the other boys!

I think I'm falling in love with you!

Clap your hands, clap your hands, Gorbachev!

Clap, clap, clap, clap your hands!"
- a Hungarian pop singer featured during story by NBC reporter John Cochran, May 26.

"The reality is that even if the communist state were to protect individual rights aggressively, many of its people are not prepared to tolerate diversity... It points to a basic problem within this society: schooled in intolerance for so long, many Soviets equate non-conformity with treason."
- Dan Rather, CBS Evening News, May 27.




"Back-to-Basics in Education Produces Gains in Arithmetic"
- New York Times, June 8.

"Student math woes add up to big trouble"
- Washington Times, same day.


Rambo III


"It is marginally less offensive, I suppose, killing Reds in Afghanistan than killing Reds in Vietnam. (This way, racism isn't so prominent an aspect of the movie's rabid patriotism.) Then again, having Afghan rebels speechify about the barbarism of the Soviets just as their troops are pulling out has its down side, as does the film's idealization of the mujaheddin (who are characterized here as "freedom fighters").
- Washington Post film reviewer Hal Hinson on May 25.




"But I think if you seriously are questioning whether or not there is a left-wing bias in Hollywood you really have to be kidding. I mean there is something like 10,000 members of the Writers Guild - I've never been able to find another Republican."
- Ben Stein on Crossfire, debating message of Rambo III, June 3.




"Soviets' new weapons threaten SDI, Hill told"
- Washington Times, June 6.

"SDI Seen Unlikely to Give U.S. an Edge Over Soviets"
- Washington Post, same day.


START Treaty


"Of all the accomplishments at the Moscow summit, moving this complex [START] treaty a few steps closer to resolution may well be the most important."
- ABC's John McWethy, World News Tonight, June 1.


Soviet Religious Freedom


"Today the state permitted church bells to ring throughout Moscow. They seem to be saying that after decades of repression of religion, church and state are reaching toward each other because they need each other."
- NBC News Moscow correspondent Sandy Gilmour, June 5.


Soviet Human Rights


"He explained afterwards that we simply have a common enemy. This common enemy [of the U.S. and the Soviet Union], really, is bureaucracy. So, you have your own bureaucrats; we also have our own bureaucrats, and they violate the human rights of our citizens. It's a very good explanation."
- Soviet foreign ministry spokesman Gennadi Gerasimov endorsing President Reagan's explanation. Nightline, June 1.


Jim Wright


"On Capitol Hill, Georgia's Newt Gingrich and 71 other House Republicans filed a formal request for a probe by the House Ethics Committee. Wright, in turn, said his view of Gingrich is the same as that of a fire hydrant toward a dog."
- ABC's World News Saturday anchor Barry Serafin, May 26.




"Managua 'walk' earns hours in jail"
- Washington Times, June 9, front page.

"Sandinistas, Contras Report Chill in Talks"
- Washington Post, page A32.


Phil Donahue


"Oh, I tell you, I'm so proud of my President. To go over there and see these people with these smiling faces, to see them as part of the human race. To understand it's not an evil empire and to reduce this ridiculous cold war tension. Oh, it's wonderful. I think he's giving our children a gift."
- Phil Donahue, interviewed by Pat Buchanan on CNN's Larry King Live, May 31.

"The [Catholic] Church has always thrived on ignorance and oppression."
- Donahue, same show.


Campaign '88


"It is an unlikely match, this seemingly moderate, passionless, East Coast politician and the often rebellious Democrats of California."
- ABC reporter Joe Bergantino, World News Tonight, June 6.

George Bush: "Dan, I'll take all the credit, I'll take all the blame ..."
Ted Koppel: "No, Dan's, Dan's the other fellow...."
Koppel: "I'll tell you what. If you stop calling me Dan; try calling me Peter, or Tom, or..."
Bush: "Did I do it again?"
Koppel: "Well, that's all right, you can call me anything you like..."
Bush: "It's Freudian! ... I promise you, it is Freudian...."
Koppel: "Next time, call me Barbara."
- exchange on ABC's Nightline, June 9.


- 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