Notable Quotables - 07/02/2007
|Its Just Like Killing Hitler|
"Probably there should be a rule against it.
But theres a rule against murder. If someone had murdered Hitler a
journalist interviewing him had murdered him the world would be a better
place. I only feel good, as a citizen, about getting rid of George Bush, who
has been the most destructive president in my lifetime. I certainly dont
New Yorker magazine writer Mark Singer explaining why he donated $250 to the liberal "Victory Campaign 2004." Singer was quoted in a June 21 online story by MSNBCs Bill Dedman, who used FEC records to determine that 125 journalists gave to "Democrats and liberal causes" while "only 16 gave to Republicans."
|Ruing Right Wing "War on Hillary"|
"Its her resilience and capacity to survive
and thrive against all comers that partly fuels the haters
fury....In-stalled in Washington, Hillary morphed into a comic-book villain
for her detractors a man-eating feminist, they claimed, who allegedly
threw lamps at her husband, communed psychically with Eleanor Roosevelt and
lit a White House Christmas tree adorned with sex toys. The narrative of
depravity a tissue of inventions by conservatives was often hard to
follow....The anti-Hillary industry has never managed to bring down Hillary
herself in fact, the more they have attacked, the higher she has risen."
Newsweeks Jonathan Darman and Mark Hosenball in "The New War on Hillary," June 18 issue.
|Loves That Old Time Liberalism|
Senator Barack Obama: "Lets roll back
the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans, lets make certain that those
resources go to the people who need it....Were not going to solve it by
pretending that issues of poverty and struggle among working families are
just going to go away magically because the stock market is going up."
Moderator Chris Matthews: "So much of what you say just grabs people like me, because it sounds like Bobby Kennedy. It sounds like the 60s at its absolute best."
Exchange at AFSCME Democratic candidates forum shown live on MSNBC, June 19.
|The Terrorists Media Helpers|
"Are you in Iraq? Have you seen any troop
movements? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC,
you can do so using the form below."
Request for reader tips posted for two hours June 20 on the BBCs Web site as part of a news package about a U.S. military offensive against Iraqi insurgents.
|Mr. Sickos Media Sycophants|
|"A lot of the film [Sicko] is about, is about the insurance companies and the condemnation of them. I just have to say, I dont usually give opinions, but whatever youre Republican or Democrat or whatever you are, this is an amazing film. I thought it was I think everybody should see it. When it premiered last night, you got a standing ovation. Thats unusual for you. Everybody loved you."|
Barbara Walters to left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore on ABCs The View,
"You know, I gotta agree with him on this stuff. I gotta agree with him. Hes got a case and health care in this country is not working."
MSNBCs Chris Matthews on Hardball, June 20.
contends that the American system of private medical insurance is a disaster,
and that a state-run system, such as exists nearly everywhere else in the
industrialized world, would be better....[Moore] finds that British doctors
are happy and well paid, that Canadians dont have to wait very long in
emergency rooms, and that the French are not taxed into penury....[Moore]
wants us to be more like everybody else. When he plaintively asks, Who are
we?, he is not really wondering why our traditions of neighborliness and
generosity have not found political expression in an expansive system of
social welfare. He is insisting that such a system should exist, and also,
rather ingeniously, daring his critics to explain why it shouldnt."
ABCs Terry Moran: "He [Moore] kept making the same point, the point
his movie ultimately makes: Fixing health care is a moral, even a religious
obligation....Is Sicko kind of a statement of faith for you?"
|Lack of Socialism = Voters Fault|
"Obviously, you blame the companies. Theyre
all about greed. You dont like what they do. But why arent the voters to
blame, the people to blame for the situation to the extent they dont like
ABCs Chris Cuomo to Michael Moore on Good Morning America, June 12.
|A Little Balance, 28 Days Late|
"As we have covered the immigration debate here, we have heard from numerous
Americans who are trying to run businesses, make money and in some cases bring
in ripe crops. Theyve been begging lawmakers for a workable immigration
solution. A lot of people think this country is letting too many people in.
Tonight we hear their take on immigration from NBCs David Gregory."
NBCs Brian Williams on the June 14 Nightly News introducing NBCs first story on grassroots opponents of the Senate immigration bill, a full four weeks after the deal was first announced.
|Like Pulling Down Pants of Jews|
"This is going to result in racial profiling. If, in her America, in Michelles America, when you look, Is that Hispanic guy an illegal or is he legal? It reminds me so much of when they used to pull down the pants of Jews to see if they were circumcised or not. It is, it is so, so pathetic. Its so un-American....I want you to know, ladies and gentlemen, that what they are doing is using the police force of the United States to break up families and sow horror and pain."
|Geraldo Rivera rejecting columnist Michelle Malkins argument that citizens should report illegal immigrants to the authorities, FNCs The OReilly Factor, June 8.|
|Pleading for More Government|
"Its something that every parent struggles
with, how to balance work and family. And the U.S. lags far behind other
countries in helping parents....The U.S. doesnt make it easy: A recent
Harvard-McGill study of more than 170 countries found that only four of them
do not require paid leave for new mothers: Liberia, Papua New Guinea,
Swaziland, and the U.S. The study also found that 145 countries provide paid
sick days. The U.S. requires only unpaid family and medical leave and not
all workers are covered."
ABCs David Wright, June 21 Good Morning America.
|CIA: Worse than Ever?|
ABCs Liz Marlantes: "It is the stuff of spy novels. Among the abuses:
assassination conspiracies against foreign leaders like Fidel Castro; the
infiltration of anti-war groups; and screening of private mail....This all
comes when the CIA is under fire for an alleged array of current abuses,
including the use of secret prisons and torture. Some say the activities of
the past may look mild by comparison."
Author James Bamford: "A lot of the things that were done in a very mild degree back in the 50s, 60s and 70s are now being done on a whole scale basis."
ABCs World News Sunday, June 24.
|Al Gores Mystery Media Advisor|
|CNNs Howard Kurtz: "Election Night 2000...It looks like George W. Bush is going to win. A senior network correspondent, you said, called you and warned, The Florida numbers are wrong. Dont let him concede. Why would a correspondent this is not a commentator, this is not a columnist be giving you that kind of advice?...This is going to fuel everybody who thinks theres a liberal media, that there were journalists that were rooting for Gore, trying to spare your candidate from embarrassment."|
Former Gore campaign advisor Bob Shrum: "I dont, I dont. I actually
think that if the situations had been reversed, there would have been
correspondents who would have called the Bush campaign...."
Kurtz: "Do you want to take this opportunity to name the correspondent?"
Exchange on CNNs Reliable Sources, June 17.
|Callous Reagan, Suffering Clintons|
Reagan] was very, very likable and yet it was very impersonal. He definitely
had an agenda, and it was a social Darwinism, If you cant make it, tough,
was, you know, survival of the fittest, this is the whole approach.... He
really did think that government was the problem and not the solution, which
he said to the very end. At the same time, he, I think, he obviously was
well liked, and I think that the poor did not prosper under him at all."
"I think the Clintons had suffered a lot on the campaign trail ....Everything was under investigation constantly. They never, I dont know how they stood it. The resilience of that family....I think that the Clintons suffered a lot."
Former UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas on CNBCs Tim Russert, June 9.
|Stupid Bloggers, Idiot Limbaugh|
& Chronicle: "We are...ripped by the right-wing conservative talk
show hosts and others who just brand the mainstream media as worthless. Do
we deserve that?... And what can we do about it?"
USA Today founder Al Neuharth: "Well, when I travel across the country, my amusement comes from Rush Limbaughs show....I dont become offended by the idiotic things he says; I become amused by them. But I also think that from my perspective that its OK for idiots like him to voice their opinion because thats what this country is about....All the bloggers on the Internet have a right to all of their stupidity, too. And theres a lot of it."
From a Q & A with Neuharth published in the June 18 Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Ellipses in the original.