Notable Quotables - 12/29/1997
Reagan Airport? Didn't Nixon Hate Jews?
"This being the holiday
travel season, [Grover] Norquist has another crusade: changing
the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport. The Reagan Washington airport?
Remind me, but didn't Reagan get elected by running against
Washington? Wasn't he the one who fired the striking air-traffic
controllers? (The Ronald Wilson Reagan Control Tower?) And is
there evidence that Reagan actually used or liked this airport?
(Nope, says a former aide.) So what's next? The Richard M. Nixon
Jewish Community Center?"
- U.S. News & World Report writer Gloria Borger, December 15.
Kyoto: Only A Success If Liberals Win
"Many nations say the U.S.,
the world's largest polluter, should agree to higher targets for
reduction of greenhouse gases. And they argue that the U.S.
proposal of differentiation, separate targets for individual
countries, benefits richer nations...If the conference ends
without an agreement it will be a huge setback in the battle
against global warming and a major embarrassment for the United
States and host nation Japan."
- NBC Nightly News reporter Kiko Itasaka, December 7.
Insult Those Who Don't Buy Global Warming Mantra
Karen Kerrigan, Small Business
Survival Committee: "To say that the science is conclusive,
maybe from a bunch of those elitist scientists over in Kyoto,
but certainly there are plenty of scientists here in the United
States - those who actually have expertise in this area who say
that the conclusivity is actually bunk."
Ted Koppel: "I was just going to make the observation that there are still some people who believe in the Flat Earth Society, too, but that doesn't mean they're right."
- Exchange on the December 9 Nightline.
The Wall Street Journal's Indictment Expert
"You ought to be real
careful about appointing a special counsel. It seems to me it's
ludicrous to talk about a special counsel with Henry
- Al Hunt on the February 18, 1995 Capital Gang on CNN.
"Janet Reno is probably the
most independent minded Attorney General since Edward Levy. She
has appointed outside counsels when it was not warranted - in
the case of Henry Cisneros."
- Hunt on the October 4 Capital Gang. (On December 11, Cisneros was indicted on 18 counts of lying to the FBI.)
Far-Right Robber-Baron Doctors
"But other doctors are
wondering more vocally than ever whether the [American Medical]
Association that claims to speak for them still has any real
right to do so. The organization's membership is declining; its
policy-making body, the House of Delegates, espouses views far
to the right of many members....Other non- members ascribe their
disaffection with the association to its century-long advocacy
of fee-for-service health care, which they regard as a position
inspired by Victorian sanctimony and robber- baron greed that
gave rise to today's health-care crisis."
- New York Times reporter Abigail Zuger, December 2 news story.
If He's "Centrist," What's a Liberal?
"California Congressman Vic
Fazio, a centrist Democrat who is retiring next year, has
emerged as perhaps the leading candidate to succeed Erskine
Bowles as White House Chief of Staff."
- CNN Inside Politics weekend anchor Wolf Blitzer, December 8 (In 1996, Fazio drew a zero rating from the American Conservative Union, and an 80 from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action.)
Lawrence: The Facts Are Not Relevant?
"Larry Lawrence may well
have been eligible for burial at Arlington because he died while
serving as an ambassador. But in the rancorous atmosphere of
Washington, the facts may be almost beside the point."
- ABC's Michel McQueen, December 5 Nightline.
"Ironically, the cemetery
officials say that Lawrence may well have been entitled to
burial at Arlington simply because he was an ambassador but over
the last several days all kinds of questions have been raised
about his resume and record. Questions, for example, about
whether or not he embellished his academic credentials. So the
White House, in the end, says it will not oppose removing his
- ABC reporter Linda Douglass, December 15 World News Tonight.
"Government documents show that of six ambassadors granted burial waivers for Arlington National Cemetery, three died violently in the line of duty while two had records far more distinguished than that of the sixth - M. Larry Lawrence, whose waiver by the Clinton administration is under intense review."
- From a December 6 Los Angeles Times story by Paul Richter.
Lawrence Lies Exposed: More Spin Gymnastics
"Republicans are also busy
rekindling a controversy over Arlington National Cemetery, and
whether the Clinton administration gave a plot to a non-veteran
as a political favor."
- CNN World Today anchor Leon Harris introducing a December 4 story.
Tuesday to call off their campaign to embarrass the Clinton
administration with revelations about a dead ambassador who may
have lied about his past to secure a prime burial site."
- Reuters report Jonathan Wright opening a December 9 dispatch.
"No one dug into Larry
Lawrence's past before making him an ambassador, which then
allowed him the higher honor of burial at Arlington. While the
non-rich get an FBI check that includes asking the neighbors
whether you take out your trash, no one bothered to check
whether the rich campaign donor Lawrence was injured at sea, or
in the merchant marine at all. Yet another reason for taking
money out of campaigns."
- CNN columnist Margaret Carlson's "Outrage of the Week," December 6 CNN Capital Gang.
Those From "The Streets" Can't Be Expected to Behave
Sam Donaldson: "What he did
could not be condoned. But it's striking that we have taken
these sports figures and in other walks of life, too, and we've
made them larger than life. We throw all the money in the world
at them, the adulation, the people waiting in the aisles. And
then when they do not act as if they know that the dessert spoon
goes in front of the plate, well, we say, 'Well, that's
horrible! That's terrible!'"
George Stephanopoulos: "Sam, he choked his coach!..."
Donaldson: "I'm not condoning it, but these guys, these guys did not come up through finishing schools and we know it. Most of them, many of them clawed their way up from the streets. It's one thing they can do in life and I don't think we can all expect them to have learned all the mores that all of us say we know."
- December 7 ABC's This Week.
No One Misses You
"Almost 20 years ago I
began hosting the first national network radio talk show for the
Mutual Broadcasting System...I left radio three years ago,
although my TV show is simulcast on radio by Westwood One. I was
very proud of that program. Now I apologize for what I might
have started. Talk radio today is an amalgam of screaming, angry
hosts with a daily agenda. I love the First Amendment and think
hosts have every right to spew what they spew. But in doing so
they must open themselves to examination as well...I'm sorry for
the way talk radio has developed and am encouraged by the fact
that America is beginning to see the light. The constant barrage
against President Clinton only proves what I said a couple of
years ago. With enemies like this, he doesn't need
- Larry King in his USA Today column, December 1.
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher
-Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Eric Darbe, Geoffrey Dickens, Gene Eliasen, Steve Kaminski, Clay Waters; Media Analysts
- Kristina Sewell, Research Associate; Sherri Pascale, Circulation Director
- Rebecca Hinnershitz, Karen Sanjines; Interns