Notable Quotables

It’s Just Like Killing Hitler “Probably there should be a rule against it. But there’s a rule against murder. If someone had murdered Hitler — a journalist interviewing him had murdered him — the world would be a better place. I only feel good, as a citizen, about getting rid of George Bush, who has been the most destructive president in my lifetime. I certainly don’t regret it.” — New Yorker magazine writer Mark Singer explaining why he donated $250 to the liberal “Victory Campaign 2004.” Singer was quoted in a June 21 online story by MSNBC’s Bill Dedman, who... continue reading
Pandering to the “Torture” Lobby “You saw the way they responded to the hard questions about torture in the Republican debate in South Carolina. They came up with easy — and hard-to-defend in a general election campaign — answers. They just played to the base. They played to, ‘Let’s torture ‘em!’ I mean, they, they didn’t say that literally, but that was the subliminal message.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell discussing the Republican presidential candidates on CNBC’s Tim Russert , June 2. (With WMV video / MP3 audio ) Wolf Advises GOP: Go Left “Arnold Schwarzenegger, your Governor in California, has... continue reading
Gushing Over “Gore 2.0” Anchor Katie Couric : “He was once called ‘Mr. Stiff.’ Now he’s known as ‘The Goreacle,’ the new Al Gore....Sharyn Alfonsi reports on Gore 2.0.” Reporter Sharyn Alfonsi : “He spread the word about global warming, and now is changing the political climate. In some polls, Gore is third for the Democratic nomination, and he’s not even a candidate. And he’s come out with another book: The Assault on Reason....knocking the media with one arm and the Bush administration with the other.... The guy who was once the punch line now seems to be in on... continue reading
Hillary’s Moral Courage “Many Americans — Democratic, Republican, independent — seem hungry for a Trumanesque figure, a truth-telling, bare-knuckled president who will give it to us straight. The question now is whether anybody in the 2008 field can measure up....All the candidates will use their life stories to show a sense of moral purpose....Hillary Clinton had a stark moral choice: whether to stay with her husband when President Clinton’s philandering with Monica Lewinsky was exposed. Her decision to stand by him could not have been easy.” — Newsweek ’s Evan Thomas, May 14 cover story. Silliest Debate Question Ever “Seriously,... continue reading
Media Lobby for End to Gun Rights “As a political reporter, of course, the first thing I did was call the Hill and find out from the Democratic leadership, ‘Okay, you gonna do something now?!’” — Newsweek ’s Howard Fineman discussing the push for more gun control after the Virginia Tech shootings, on the April 22 Chris Matthews Show. (With WMV video / MP3 audio ) “Given the fact that I’ve seen estimates that there are in excess of 200 million firearms already on the street, have we essentially said it’s okay to have the level of violence that we... continue reading
Start Push for More Liberal Laws “How the gunman purchased the murder weapon. Virginia’s controversial gun laws: How lax are they?” — ABC’s Charles Gibson on the April 17 World News , teasing an upcoming story about the mass murderer who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. “The question all around the world, when an incident, a terrible incident like this happens, is how many shootings does it take before America has a serious discussion about gun control?” — First question from Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent, to Daniel Vice of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, April 16... continue reading
“Movie Star” Gore: “A Winner” “Also in Washington today, a lot of excitement on Capitol Hill. A movie star showed up to testify before Congress — a movie star named Al Gore.” — Katie Couric on the March 21 CBS Evening News. “The last time Gore appeared on Capitol Hill was in his official role as Vice President, certifying his own loss in the disputed 2000 election. He came back today as a winner, his popular movie, An Inconvenient Truth, grabbing an Oscar....Americans now believe global warming is a real problem, so not as many Republicans are mocking Gore as... continue reading
Media Vote to Convict Cheney “It was a verdict that shook the White House, and ground zero was Dick Cheney’s office....During the trial, the jury never heard from Cheney, but the prosecutor said there was a cloud over the Vice President’s office. And today he said it’s still there. Only now, Katie, it may be darker.” — Correspondent Gloria Borger on the March 6 CBS Evening News , reporting on the guilty verdict against former Cheney aide Scooter Libby. “Is this the beginning of the end, do you believe, for the Vice President?” — Co-host Meredith Vieira to Tim Russert... continue reading
How the Media See Their Job Moderator Gordon Peterson: “Are the mainstream media bashing the President unfairly?” Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas: “Well, our job is to bash the President. That’s what we do.” — Inside Washington , February 2. (With WMV video / MP3 audio ) Trumpeting the Tears of a Tyrant Co-host Diane Sawyer: “A number of people have already said, ‘Is there anything surprising, personal about [Iranian] President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad that we didn’t know?’ Well, it turns out, someone told me he cries a lot. That he is dramatically sentimental and sympathetic if someone comes up... continue reading
Bush Hiding “End of the World” “A controversy in Washington over what literally could be the end of the world as we know it. Did the Bush administration freeze out scientists trying to sound the alarm on global warming?” — Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today , January 31. Brian Williams: “Good evening. The question in Washington today was this: Did the Bush administration in any way try to cook the books on the topic of global warming?...” Andrea Mitchell: “Government scientists have been complaining for two years that the Bush administration has been forcing them to soft-pedal their findings on... continue reading