Notable Quotables - 09/24/2007
|We All Know He's a Liar|
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) during live coverage after Bush's Iraq speech, Sept. 13.
|Aha! It Really Was Blood for Oil|
"Harsh accusation: One of the most respected
figures in Washington says the Bush administration went to war in Iraq
because of oil....One of the best known and most highly regarded people in
Washington, the former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, says
the Bush administration went to war in Iraq largely because of oil."
- Anchor Dan Harris on ABC's World News, Sept. 16.
"Are we fighting for the American oil companies, for Mobil and Exxon?...Should we put Exxon signs up over Arlington Cemetery and Mobil signs up there, like they have at baseball stadiums?"
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews talking about Greenspan's "largely about oil" comment, September 17 Hardball.
Co-host Matt Lauer: "Liberal bloggers are having a field day with this. They're saying, 'Here's a Republican saying the administration lied about the reason to go to war.' Is that a spin? Is that fair?"
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan: "It's utterly unfair. I was expressing my view. Saddam Hussein was obviously seeking to get a chokehold on the Straits of Hormuz....It was necessary to get Saddam out of there."
- Exchange on NBC's Today, September 17.
|"Have to Have" More Government|
"It's not government-run, but certainly the
government is involved. And, in fact, every industrialized country in this
world that is successful with health care - often more successful than we
are - has a partnership between government and the private sector. And
that's what I think we have to have in this case."
- ABC's medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson discussing Hillary Clinton's new health care plan on the September 17 World News with Charles Gibson.
|Yearning for More Liberal Hillary|
"Critics are saying that this in some ways is the kind of plan you would have
rejected back in 1993....Have you watered down reform?...Some of your
competitors are saying you've taken more money from the insurance industry
than any other candidate, so the question is, is there a conflict looming on
the horizon? Are you losing some leverage in asking these insurance companies
to get on board and make tough choices?"
|Matt Pushes for "Lobbying Tax"|
- NBC's Today, September 5.
|Pining for Return to Clinton Era|
"Nobody can bask in applause with quite so
much style - the gentle wave, the grin the shape of a sideways comma, the
sense that he knows he deserves the accolades and yet is humbled by all the
clapping, which makes people clap harder....He still has this way of
presenting his ideas for reforms as simple, elegant solutions....Listening
to the man think out loud again, it was hard not to pine for an era before
bad news got really bad, before Sept. 11 showed up on the calendar every
year as Patriot Day."
- Washington Post staff writer David Segal on the launch of Bill Clinton's latest book, September 5 Style section.
|Conservatives = Flat-Earthers|
"The connection of Reagan's emphasis on tax
reduction to his late  campaign surge was lost on reporters covering
the Republican candidate. One of them was Walter Isaacson, a
twenty-eight-year-old Time correspondent. The former Rhodes scholar, in his
second year with the magazine, was given the plum assignment of covering
Reagan. On the campaign trail that last week, he introduced himself to me
and started a conversation about Reagan's and my tax-cutting views. He said
he believed I was the only journalist he knew who actually supported
Kemp-Roth, which accurately reflected the political press corps' mind-set.
'I just wonder if you could explain to me how you got there,' he said.
Walter sounded like a modern scientist encountering somebody who believed
the earth was flat."
- Robert Novak in his new book, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington. Isaacson rose to run Time magazine and was later President of CNN.
|News to Katie: "It's Not All Bad"|
Katie Couric in Iraq: "What would you
like people to know that you don't think they're hearing back home?"
Army Sgt. Jamie Wall: "The good things, the good things that happen out here, the good things that soldiers do for the Iraqis and how the Iraqis react to us. It's not all bad."
Army Sgt. Brady Marcus: "If we pulled out now, the gangs would take over, the streets would be in mayhem, and this place would be a disaster area. That's just my opinion."
Couric: "Sounds like in your opinion there's no easy answer."
Marcus: "There's not an easy answer. We're at war, Katie, and it's not an easy thing to get through."
- CBS Evening News, September 5.
|Finally, a Viable Peace Plan|
|Decrying Fox's "Censorship"|
NBC's Bob Faw: "We are, we brag, an open society. But Sunday on Fox
TV, when Sally Field swore about the war, her profanity was bleeped...."
Washington Post's Tom Shales: "To censor her, supposedly on the grounds of profane language, but perhaps on the grounds of what she said politically, that's a very dangerous thing to happen in America."...
Faw: "Increasingly, more seems off limits. Returning coffins of dead soldiers and sailors, for example, can no longer be photographed as they once were."
- NBC Nightly News, September 18.
"Some say the Fox network, owned by well-known conservative Rupert Murdoch, was engaged in political censorship. Fox said the comments might be considered inappropriate by some viewers....It's the Sally Field case that is provoking the real cries of political censorship because Fox cut off not only her expletive, but also her entire thought."
- ABC's Dan Harris on Good Morning America, Sept. 18.
|Clinton "Almost Got" Osama|
Larry King: "Are we ever going to get Osama?"
Former President Bill Clinton: "Well, not if we don't put the right resources into the right places."
King: "You almost got him."
Clinton: "I did."
- CNN's Larry King Live, September 5.
|Bin Laden as Innocent as O.J.|
Mos Def: "I don't believe it was bin Laden today...."
Host Bill Maher: "You don't think bin Laden knocked down the World Trade Center?"
Def: "Absolutely not....I don't. You know what, I don't....In any barbershop I am so not alone, I'm so not alone."
Maher: "That doesn't mean you're right."
Def: "That don't mean it is not valid neither. Highly-educated people in all areas of science have spoken on the fishiness around the whole 9/11 theory....The way that this government has pursued its foreign interests has been meddlesome, murderously meddlesome."
- HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, September 7.