Nicole Simpson: Another Anita Hill
"There's one thing that may
come out of this, and it may be premature to say, but I feel a
little as if it's the analogue to the Anita Hill thing. As that
brought sexual harassment and really the women-in-power issue,
because there were no women on the Judiciary Committee, into the
forefront. That's the one good thing that can come out of
- MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour essayist Anne Taylor Fleming, June 20.
Paula Jones: Not Anita Hill
"Sam, 'not trying to hurt
the President'? Did she say that with a straight face?...Why
does anyone care what this woman has to say? ...Bottom line,
Sam. Is she not trying to capitalize on this, in effect to
profit from impugning the President?"
- Questions from Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson to Sam Donaldson about his Paula Jones interview, June 16.
Where Was Bill?
Clinton rejects pared-down plan
Calls full health coverage non-negotiable
- Boston Globe, June 21
Clinton Hints He May Bend on
- Los Angeles Times, same day
And Some Call Him "Adolf Kessler"
"This week we have chosen a
man who has appeared on our radar many times, for many reasons,
a man who makes an enormous difference because he takes his
public service so seriously...It is always the children for
David Kessler. Dr. Kessler was trained as a pediatrician...All
of this has made David Kessler something of a folk hero.
Sometimes in Washington they call him `Eliot Nessler,' after
Eliot Ness, who fought the mob during the 30s...He conducts
himself as the people's guardian in matters of food and drugs
with the utmost conviction."
- Peter Jennings naming the Food and Drug Administration chief Person of the Week, June 24 World News Tonight.
Washington Post Villains
"The two justices have
staked out the far right of the ideological spectrum on the
Supreme Court, challenging the majority's most fundamental views
of the law...[Antonin] Scalia and [Clarence] Thomas take a
literal approach to the Constitution. They refuse to read into
it unexpressed protections or notions of fundamental
- Washington Post reporter Joan Biskupic, June 24.
"It isn't often that Office
of Management and Budget chief Leon E. Panetta, the Freddy
Krueger of social programs, has a chance to talk about spending
money for anything."
- Washington Post reporter Al Kamen, June 27. (Panetta's OMB projects a $75 billion annual budget increase, before health care.)
Religious Right Will Be Rejected
"Preachers often mix
religion and politics. In recent years, this temptation has
arisen most prominently on the right, you know - Jerry Falwell,
Pat Robertson, and those guys with celestial phones to God's
ear. Back in 1992, after the hard-shell Republican convention in
Houston, and humiliating defeat of President Bush, it looked
like the religious right's influence might be waning. Not
so...These righteous rightists are sure to be a major force in
the fall election...Voters are blessed with common sense and
free will. They customarily reject extremes of either the left,
or the right."
- Former ABC Washington Bureau Chief George Watson in a commentary on World News Now, June 23.
"The American Medical
Association used the specter of `socialized medicine' to defeat
Harry S. Truman's plan for national health insurance in 1945.
The same demagoguery still works, but that does not change the
agreed facts...while Americans who can afford it get the best
care in the world, the current system makes little sense in
terms of economic competitiveness or social equity."
- New York Times editorial page editor and former Washington bureau chief and White House reporter Howell Raines, June 12.
Three Cheers for the Insincere
"I'm rooting for a return
to the Italian Popes, because in Italy they absolutely flaunt
the Vatican and they may act as an effort to bring the church
into alignment with modern life. The church is virtually alone
in its position on abortion as we approach this population
- Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift, June 11 McLaughlin Group.
Cable Regulation Slowed?
Justices Back Cable Regulation
- New York Times, June 28
Court makes it harder to
regulate cable TV
- USA Today, same day
Newsweek's Anti-Religious Left
"In an essay on turning 60,
Steinem writes: `I'm looking forward to trading moderation for
excess' - which is good news. And there's a precedent. In 1895
[Elizabeth Cady] Stanton finally published a book she had been
planning for many years: a roaring attack on the Bible for its
misogyny. The book was a best seller, the horrified suffrage
association voted to censure her and to Stanton's pleasure, 'the
clergy jumped around...like parched peas on a hot shovel.' She
was 80. Now that's a feminist."
- Newsweek General Editor Laura Shapiro reviewing Gloria Steinem's Moving Beyond Words, June 20.
"Over the course of
American history since World War II, the terms of the national
debate have subtly, insidiously shifted. What used to be called
liberal is now called radical, what used to be called radical is
now called insane. What used to be called reactionary is now
called moderate, and what used to be called insane is now called
solid conservative thinking."
- Gay playwright Tony Kushner's essay on the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, June 27 Newsweek.
Now That's A Stretch
"The main parade route
seemed to stress the moderate and somewhat conservative makeup
of the majority of the marchers."
- CBS reporter David Culhane on the Stonewall 25 gay rights march, June 26 CBS Evening News.
Peter's Decade of Greed
"I don't think we are as
generous with one another in the nation today as I seem to
remember it 20 years ago. Now maybe the impact of the '80s has
something to do with it and the idea of `I'm alright, Jack, I'll
get my pile,' hasn't quite dissipated. But I'm looking to your
generation - quite hopefully - to see if you are going to be a
little more collective than I think students have been in the
- Peter Jennings in an interview with Patrick Pitman, December 1993 Vanderbilt University student magazine Versus.
"My own view, for what it's
worth, is that there is not enough ideology in most reporters to
fill a teaspoon or a thimble."
- Washington Post reporter and columnist David Broder on CNBC's Tim Russert, June 13.
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