Notable Quotables - 06/19/1995
That About Sums It Up
"President Clinton will
outline his version of a plan he says will balance the federal
budget in ten years without what Mr. Clinton sees as a radical
and extremist Republican plan to gut programs that help the old,
the young, and the poor in order to bankroll tax giveaways to
the rich. Republicans, of course, see it a different way."
- Dan Rather before CBS News coverage of President Clinton's budget address, June 13.
"Tax reductions are just
one area of disagreement. The President wants cuts for the
middle class. The Republicans favor breaks for corporations and
the wealthy. The GOP wants twice as much cut from Medicare,
Medicaid, and welfare than the President."
- ABC News reporter Bill Greenwood on Good Morning America, June 14.
Oklahoma City: Blame the National Anthem
"In the post-Oklahoma City
debate over the links between violent rhetoric and violent
action, some social critics have begun looking beyond talk
radio, focusing instead on the metaphors and imagery that have
helped to define America from the earliest days of the Republic.
What they conclude is that the disturbed and disgruntled - who
have already made up their minds to kill or terrorize - can
lean on a slew of cultural icons to legitimize their feelings of
aggression. After all, these theorists say, the United States is
a nation founded in rebellion and riddled with mottos, slogans
and images grounded in battle and aggression. `Live free or
die,' says the New Hampshire license plate. `With the sword we
seek peace, but under liberty,' goes the less-known
Massachusetts state motto. And what schoolchild cannot recite
Patrick Henry's stirring words, `Give me liberty or give me
death'? Whether consciously or not, a growing number of
academics say, some homegrown terrorists and killers may warm
themselves in the rhetorical glow of the rocket's red
- Boston Globe reporter Anthony Flint beginning a front page story, June 1.
Good Morning, Bryant...and Hillary?
TV Guide: "Imagine
NBC gives you a blank check and says, `Go find the person to put
in the chair next to you.' Only one caveat: It can't be Katie or
Jane....Come on, just for fun. A choice of three."
Bryant Gumbel: "Okay, here goes: my wife, June, to keep things peaceful at home. Oprah Winfrey, because she can do no wrong. And Hillary Clinton, just to tick off the right-wing extremists."
- From TV Guide's June 17 interview.
Republicans Will Make You Sick
"This comes at a time when
Republicans are looking to gut the Clean Water Act and also the
Safe Drinking Water Act. What are our options? Are we now forced
to boil water because bottled water is not an economically
feasible option for a lot of people?"
- Bryant Gumbel to Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer Erik Olson promoting a new NRDC study on the safety of drinking water, June 1 Today.
Nancy Kearney, Moderator:
"David, what do you think the impact will be of the new
Congress on existing environmental rules and regulations - as
bad as environmentalists would have us believe?
David Seideman, Time reporter: "It may be that bad, if Clinton doesn't fulfill his promise to veto the GOP's most extreme measures. There may be some hope among moderate Republicans in the Senate, such as John Chafee of Rhode Island. But they're overshadowed by Bob Dole and a bunch of Western Senators who really hold the most power. A recent study by the Environmental Information Center shows that Americans are unaware of the GOP changes and react with revulsion when they discover them. So maybe the last best hope of saving these environmental laws is at the grass-roots level across the country."
- From Time Online on America Online, April 26.
Time's Film Critics, Time Warner Tools
"Has Bob Dole ever read his
kids a fairy tale? Or sung a nursery rhyme? Or seen a classic
Disney cartoon? In Hansel and Gretel, Jack and Jill, Bambi and
Dumbo, the obsessive themes are death and dismemberment. These
graphic horror stories tell toddlers that life is a dark forest
where parents get killed and kids get eaten. As purveyors of
`nightmares of depravity,' Warner Bros. ain't a patch on the
- Time film critic Richard Corliss reviewing Casper, June 12.
"What commends these movies
to Dole is their marketplace success - he is a Republican,
after all. If he had actually seen them (his staff admits he
hadn't), he might be less pleased. For this is what they really
say: that women need to be kept in their place, preferably by
degrading them; that the powerless should gladly acquiesce in
their exploitation by the powerful - incidentally, a basic
definition of fascism; that privatizing emotions is, like
privatizing social services, the way to build a happy, healthy
society; that white males are truly boobs. We're past Republican
now, heading for Neanderthal."
- Time film critic Richard Schickel on True Lies, The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Santa Clause, and The Flintstones, same issue.
Socialist Reporters Turned Columnists
"Newtie has gone too far.
When you take food out of the mouths of babes and claim it is in
their best interests, as Gingrich did in defending his Draconian
budget cuts, you cross the line from mere heartlessness to
dangerous demagoguery. It is one thing to play the mean-spirited
reactionary, gutting one social program after another while
pandering to the greed of the more affluent voter. That is a
morally wrong but logically consistent position. Taking $500
from a child on welfare and giving it to one whose parents earn
more than $200,000 a year is a loathsome but defensible position
to advocates of a social Darwinism that holds that only the
strong deserve to live."
- Former L.A. Times reporter Robert Scheer, May 16 column.
"In an era of funhouse
values, Americorps has been a magnet for young people who take
their citizenship responsibilities seriously, and who express
their patriotism quietly, through good works that foster a sense
of community, and yes, even brotherhood. Naturally, the rabid
leadership of the Republican Party feels Americorps must be
- Former NBC News reporter Bob Herbert, May 24 New York Times column.
What Liberal Bias?
"The often-alleged liberal
bias of the media was not borne out in self-descriptions
obtained through the poll. Twenty-two percent of journalists
described themselves as liberal, compared with 19 percent of the
public surveyed. Only 5 percent of the journalists called
themselves conservative, compared with 39 percent of the
- Associated Press reporter Rita Beamish, May 22 Boston Globe.
...Or You Become President of the United States
Announcer: "If Senator Bob
Packwood really did what all those women say he did, it probably
would have cost him his job long ago in corporate America. So
why not in Washington?"
Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald: "You not only keep your job, you become the most powerful chairman of the most powerful committee in the United States Senate."
Announcer: "Is Packwood too powerful to punish? A touchy subject on Eye on America, tomorrow on the CBS Evening News."
- CBS promo, June 5.
So Much for the Media Elite
"Linda Douglass has the
story of sex, drugs, rock, and Dole."
- Dan Rather introducing story of Bob Dole's critique of Hollywood, June 1 CBS Evening News.
Dr. Goran Klintmalm: "A
single donor donated seven organs to be transplanted, seven
organs that are being transplanted here at Baylor today into six
people, so that has much benefit, that single donor has done to
his society and his fellow man."
Reporter: "Is the donor alive? Can you tell us that?"
- Exchange from press conference on Mickey Mantle's liver transplant, aired on Rush Limbaugh, the TV show, June 8.
Brent Bozell III, Publisher;
-Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- James Forbes, Andrew Gabron, Mark Honig, Steve Kaminski, Gesele Rey, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
- Kathleen Ruff, Circulation Manager;
-Eugene Eliason, Melissa Gordon; Interns