Notable Quotables - 11/27/1989
note, for example, that it was Jimmy Carter who focused the nation's attention
on the need for energy conservation and defined human rights as a legitimate
consideration in foreign policy....But analysts will also recognize that
Ronald Reagan presided over a meltdown of the federal government during the
last eight years. Fundamental management was abandoned in favor of rhetoric
and imagery. A cynical disregard for the art of government led to wide-scale
abuse. Only now are we coming to realize the cost of Mr. Reagan's
laissez-faire: the crisis in the savings and loan industry, the scandal in the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, the deterioration of the nation's
nuclear weapons facilities, the dangerous state of the air traffic control
system - not to mention the staggering deficit."
- CBS News reporter Terence Smith, in a November 5 New York Times op-ed.
"The '80s could
turn out to be a latter-day 1920s. If that is so, history will view Reagan as
a different kind of President from how he is currently seen. Is he a Coolidge?
Perhaps. Newspaper editor William Allen White once made a statement about
Hoover. He said Hoover was the greatest innocent bystander in American history
because Coolidge jumped off the train and left him with the Depression. This
could happen to Reagan's successor."
- Washington Post reporter Sidney Blumenthal in Life magazine's special Fall issue on the 1980s.
Soviet Military Spending
Suppressing Data on Cuts: Soviets Said to Trim Military Spending"
- Washington Post, November 17.
- Washington Times, same day.
[Company]...has issued a fresh survey of public attitudes toward the press. It
tells us that seven of 10 Americans believe that the 'media' are incapable of
fairness in the reporting of political and social issues and that we tend
consistently to 'tilt' in favor of one side or another. A review of the Post's
coverage of the last two weeks of the campaign for governor in Virginia would
not, in my view, disabuse them of that opinion. The winner of the election,
Doug Wilder, clearly got the best of it in this newspaper."
- Washington Post Ombudsman Richard Harwood, November 19.
"In just seven
weeks, the '80s will be behind us. It was a decade dominated, in politics and
in style, by the Reagans....While the wealthy got most of the attention, those
who needed it most were often ignored. More homeless, less spending on
housing. The gap between the top and the bottom grew in the '80s....The AIDS
crisis began in the '80s. Some say the decade's compassion gap made it
- CBS This Morning co-host Kathleen Sullivan, November 13.
"In the 1980s the
minimum wage has really lived up to its name. Since it was last raised to
$3.35 an hour in 1981, inflation has eroded its purchasing power by 27
percent. Meanwhile, the Reagan era became famous for skyrocketing maximum
wages as greed became fashionable throughout the land."
- Time Associate Editor Richard Lacayo, November 13.
Good Morning Abortion
"Experts say the
[Pennsylvania] bill will hurt poor and rural women most, effectively denying
some of them access to abortion."
- Reporter Lisa Myers on NBC News at Sunrise, November 15.
"Just a week ago
after voters around the country clearly expressed a pro-choice preference,
elected officials in Pennsylvania have chosen to go the other way. Their move
to restrict abortions was not a surprise, but it does run counter to the
- Bryant Gumbel leading off NBC's Today, same morning.
Admiring Marxist Theology
"In a country where
the powerful consider liberation theology a dangerous idea, the priests dared
to speak up for social justice and, frequently, against the U.S. policy of
supporting a government they saw as undemocratic."
- CBS News reporter Juan Vasquez on those murdered in El Salvador, November 16 Evening News.
So Much for Romania, Albania...
"There are signs of
strain in Czechoslovakia's hardline government. Czechoslovakia is the last
Soviet-bloc state to resist reform."
- John Palmer on NBC News at Sunrise, November 16.
reaction of Soviet officials to the drama in East Germany has been to welcome
it. They say it was inevitable, and that it brings a little closer one of
Mikhail Gorbachev's dreams."
- Moscow reporter Bob Abernethy on NBC Nightly News, November 10.
Newsweek's "Most Trusted Doctor"
"If you feel
strongly, I would even urge you to organize or participate in nonviolent
demonstrations of civil disobedience. Try to recruit a few clergymen. You'll
feel less guilty and you'll embarrass the police. The first thing government
should be pressured into doing is taking the millions of dollars now being
squandered on nuclear and conventional arms and spending them on fulfilling
the needs of families. The federal government should subsidize mothers or
fathers (particularly single ones) who would prefer to stay home for the first
three to five years of their children's lives. Likewise, government should
subsidize high-quality day care for the children of couples who want-or who
are obliged-to pursue uninterrupted careers."
- Dr. Benjamin Spock dispensing "Advice from America's most trusted doctor on how to keep the family on course" in Newsweek's "21st Century American Family" issue.
Liberals, Marxists: What's the Difference?
"Some of my young
colleagues call themselves neo-Marxists. I can't see much difference between
their views and mine, and I call myself a liberal Democrat."
- Princeton University Professor Lawrence Stone in the October 25 New York Times.
"His story is an
'80s epic of heat-seeking ambition, of striding patriotism turned into
- Stefan Kanfer of Time magazine in the Fall '89 issue of People.
What's Wrong With Politics? Republicans
Atwater has himself become a symbol of what's wrong with politics today."
- Washington Post front page plug for profile of the Republican Party chief, November 19.
- L. Brent
Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Jim Heiser, Stewart Verdery, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
- Allison Dyer; Administrative Assistant