Notable Quotables - 08/05/1991
The Mother of All Anchormen
"Now, walking down
the red-carpeted staircase, President Bush, President Gorbachev, with
Gorbachev's interpreter in between. You can just see at the top of your
picture that huge chandelier, almost 4,000 pounds. It's the older sister of
- Dan Rather before START treaty signing ceremony, July 31.
Staged vs. Unstaged
about half the way across the square, I heard this 'Peter, Peter, come I want
you to meet some people.' And he [Gorbachev] plunged into this crowd and it
was again impressionistic, right? But it was clear to me that in touching
these people...it was clear that he wanted us to see that here were people who
on a one-to-one basis really felt positively about him."
- Peter Jennings on Nightline, July 29.
"We came to this
village called Spinoria, 40 kilometers outside Moscow, to measure as best we
could the impact that Gorbachev has had on the lives of these Russian
peasants....No one we talked to had anything positive to say about Gorbachev.
They hold him responsible for their daily struggle."
- Dan Rather, July 31 CBS Evening News.
Party Picks Moderate Leader"
- Washington Post, July 24
Elect Right-Wingers as Chief"
- Los Angeles Times, same day
Let's Aid the Communists
"American taxpayers have spent billions over the years preparing for any
Soviet attack. Now with the Soviet Union on the verge of collapse, its leader
is here in London asking for help, including America's. In tonight's Eye on
America, is it time to lend a hand or turn our backs?"
CBS News Consultant Stephen Cohen: "...Now that that moment has come, if we close our arms, if we push them away, it tells us something terribly profound about ourselves. It's something rather sad and historians will judge us terribly harsh if we're indifferent or unable to do now what should be done."
- Report on CBS Evening News, July 16.
Jay Rockefeller, Compassionate and Moderate
"He brushes away
all the psychological theories of guilt and expiation that surround the
Rockefeller family, the getting of its fortune and the giving away. But he
clearly wants a place in the family pantheon. His niche, if he has his way,
will be as the voice of compassionate government, provider of health care,
nurturer of children."
- Reporter Robin Toner in the New York Times Magazine, July 21.
who is now thinking about running is West Virginia's moderate Senator Jay
- CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, July 13 CBS Evening News.
Anti-Tax Conservatives Vs. "Better Government"
"On one side are
die-hard antitax conservatives. On the other are moderate pragmatists like
[California Gov. Pete] Wilson...Putting his state on the road to fiscal sanity
would burnish Wilson's credentials as a can-do politician with the guts to
cast aside ideology for the sake of better government."
- Time reporter Jordan Bonfante, July 15.
Conservatives With Paws
Mapplethorpe's boys-in-bondage photographs made the right wing snort and paw
- Time Associate Editor Richard Lacayo, July 29.
Still Ignoring the Census Bureau
"Q. How many
homeless people are there in the U.S.? A. As many as 3
- CNN "News Quiz," July 22 World News. (The census found only 230,000.)
More Old Malarkey
"The genius of the
Constitution is that it sides with the citizen against the state. That's why
it's such a worldwide success. But today's Supreme Court tends to favor the
state over the citizen....In this Supreme Court, the state wins more often
than the citizens. Something to keep in mind when they give you the old
malarkey about the Court being true to the spirit of the Constitution. This
- NBC commentator and former anchor John Chancellor, July 23 Nightly News.
Abortion's Political Damage
"A new CNN-Time
magazine poll indicates how people in the United States view abortion and
other topics. Thirty-three percent of the people questioned said they would
never vote for a candidate who opposes abortion. Fifty-eight percent said they
- CNN anchor David French, July 20 World News.
"But some analysts
believe the party and the President are running a major risk, especially if
the Supreme Court overturns the right to abortion before next year's
- CNN reporter Deborah Potter, same show, next story.
"If religion, as
Karl Marx wrote, is 'the opium of the people,' in Utah it is the
amphetamine....For women in particular, life in Utah can be hard....A woman
who wants an abortion may not be able to get one in Utah much longer. Last
January the state legislature - which is 90% white, male, and Mormon -
passed a law that would make virtually all abortions punishable by
- Time Los Angeles reporter Sally B. Donnelly, July 29.
"It's been about,
oh, 15,000 years since a pregnant body was last an object of public
veneration. This is the cave version of Demi Moore. No face, of course, just a
sacred baby container. But when the Jews and the Christians came along, they
saw it differently. Women were temptation. The only pregnancy you could
celebrate was the one that didn't need sex."
- Diane Sawyer on Demi Moore's nude photo on the cover of Vanity Fair, July 18 Prime Time Live.
Peter Arnett, Self-Proclaimed Agent of Truth
"I didn't realize
the degree that our reports were fueling [anti-Vietnam War sentiment], of
course. Not until years later, when I covered the McGovern campaign with
George McGovern in '72 and I was with him on field trips, and people were
coming up and recognizing me and shaking my hand. They were the anti-war
people supporting McGovern who felt that somehow I was an agent of their
cause, but I really wasn't an agent of their cause....I'm an agent of the
cause of truth and information, that's what I'm an agent of."
- Peter Arnett in an interview with Linda Ellerbee on NBC's Later, July 17.
Maybe Those Cows Need Jane's Workout Tape
are...better looking than cows. They don't have fat all over their
- Ted Turner explaining his decision to replace the cows on his ranch with more endangered buffaloes, July 26.
- L. Brent Bozell III;
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Nicholas Damask, Sally Hood, Marian Kelley, Tim Lamer; Media Analysts
- Jennifer Hardebeck; Circulation Manager