Notable Quotables - 06/22/1992

Yet Another Reasonable and Thoughtful Environmental Analysis

"In sports, tonight's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox was called off when Chicago was blanketed with impenetrable smog....Meteorologist Yojio Matsuma says the smog originated 1,000 miles away in the Saskatchewan prairie fires, which have seared several thousand square miles since lightning storms sparked an area left tinder-dry by a three-week heat wave and an unusually dry spring....Meanwhile, the commissioner's office says it is not yet ready to consider a resumption of day games, which were eliminated 15 years ago following widespread increases in skin cancer and immune diseases due to the depletion of the ozone layer."
- Reporter Ross Gelbspan's fake news story from 2030 in The Boston Globe's "Earth: Our Children's Peril" series, May 31.

"By many measures, human activity since 1950 has damaged the planet more than in all previous history."
- Gelbspan, same story.


Doubting Yeltsin vs. Doubting Gorbachev

Doubt Cast on Yeltsin POW Claim Aide Says Russian President Referred Only to 'Possibilities'
- Washington Post, June 18

Yeltsin: Gorbachev hid GIs' graves
- Washington Times, same day


Better Off Under Noriega?

"It seems to me [for Bush] to go to Panama, which is hardly the site of a great American victory - they were better off under Noriega!....This shows how hollow these military victories are. I'd like to see a follow-up report on Panama. It's in absolute chaos."
- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on McLaughlin Group, June 14.


CNN Shills for the U.N.

"The problems are enormous and none of the solutions simple. But most are conscious that unless there's action, the planet may solve the problem - by simply making it impossible for people to live on it."
- CNN reporter Lucia Newman on Agenda Earth, June 3.

"After so many days and nights of negotiations, delegates are clearing their desks for the big finale. That will start Friday, when the heads of state all sit down to compete to see who are the real environmentalists - and how much they're willing to pay to prove it."
- Newman, June 10 Agenda Earth.


Two CBS Views on Quayle

"If you want to see the problem, visit a housing project called Clifton Terrace. It's only about a ten-minute drive from your house. You could talk to, say, a 15-year-old mother of two who doesn't want her kids; wants instead to be a child herself, and play with a doll. She might have been helped by a good sex education course, by readily available condoms, maybe even an abortion. Your administration disapproves of those."
- CBS political reporter Bruce Morton lecturing Quayle in a CBS Evening News commentary, June 13.

"Over and over the anchors made the point that Murphy Brown's a fictional character - as if that's really an issue. Do you think for a moment that if some TV character started saying vicious, ugly things about blacks, would anyone say, `Hey, it's only fiction?'....We in the press like to say we're honest brokers of information, and it's just not true. The press does have an agenda."
- CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg in TV Guide, June 13.


Loving Jackson, Hating Buchanan

"One wonders why the media finds it so difficult that this man has a role to play....He has been dealing with the task of securing jobs and education for inner-city youth since at least 1971, when he founded Operation PUSH. No one has been more prescient in warning of the tinderbox of ghetto America. And like it or not, people who do not listen to anyone else listen to Jackson. So listen."
- Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Scheer, May 15.

"Buchanan, like his role model David Duke, is the kind of phony populist who ignores the moneygrubbing of the rich while focusing his wrath on welfare recipients....Pit the employed worker against the welfare recipient, even though the former can easily become the latter, thanks to Reaganomics."
- Scheer in his "Reporter's Notebook" column in the July Playboy.


Howling at Reality

"Sometimes his statements are revisionist howlers: `The Reagan Administration left the American welfare state pretty much untouched.'"
- Boston Globe reporter Renee Loth reviewing R. Emmett Tyrrell's book The Conservative Crack-Up, May 29.


Feudal Property Rights

"The acceptance of the enlightened view that man does not own nature, that common ecological or even aesthetic values supersede feudal notions of property rights, is one accomplishment that the 20th-century conservation movement can justly claim to its credit."
- U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Stephen Budiansky, June 22.


Bush at Rio: Animal Killer, Grinch, Scrooge?

"Some environmentalists say that George Bush, the self-proclaimed `environmental President,' should be called the extinction President."
- CNN reporter Jill Dougherty, May 30 World News.

"When Bush shows up this week for a 40-hour appearance, even many of America's allies are going to greet him as the Grinch who stole the eco-summit."
- Newsweek reporter Sharon Begley, June 15.

"America, in contrast, found itself in the role of cranky Uncle Scrooge."
- Begley, June 22.


Sam Still Loves Mario

Cokie Roberts: "What are they [the Democrats] going to do? First of all, they don't have another candidate. There's not somebody out there waiting in the wings, who's a wonderful candidate waiting to run."
Sam Donaldson: "Mario Cuomo!...I'm going to go down with the ship!"
- Exchange on ABC's This Week with David Brinkley, May 31.


Another Media Democrat

"I am a Democrat and long for a Democratic administration."
- Retired 25-year CBS News producer Edward Bliss, Jr. in The Quill, June 1992.


Ted Says Cut the Fat

"More is not always better. We're moving into an era when the less we use, the better off we will be. Is a 400-pound wife better than a 130-pound wife?....If only one third of the money we spent on the Cold War could have been spent differently, we could have had decent housing, health care, and education for all Americans."
- From Ted Turner's commencement address at the University of Denver, quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, June 7. (Thanks to Bob Enyart.)


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