Notable Quotables

Saddened by Hillary’s “Burden” “Is it any kind of a burden for you, Senator, that so many opinions are pre-formed? Americans know Hillary Rodham Clinton.” — Anchor Brian Williams interviewing Hillary Clinton on the January 22 NBC Nightly News. Hillary Too Timid for Katie? “Senator Clinton, you’re against sending additional troops to Iraq, and according to our latest poll, 66 percent of Americans agree with you. So why not vote to cut off funding so the President can’t carry out this policy?” — Katie Couric to Hillary Clinton on the January 22 CBS Evening News. “Hot” Hillary, Obama the Poet... continue reading
Awed by “Multitasking” Pelosi “For the first time in the 218-year history of the Congress, a woman was voted by her colleagues to be Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, took the gavel. But in a picture perhaps even more symbolic, the new Speaker was on the floor for a time, holding her 6-year-old [6-month-old] grandson, all the while giving directions on how events were to proceed. It seemed the ultimate in multitasking: Taking care of the children, and the country.” — ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, January 4. (With WMV video / MP3 audio )... continue reading
Matt’s Plea: Run, Al, Run! Matt Lauer: “From your point of view, if you were to run for President you could take this issue [global warming] to the next level, even during just a campaign. And if you were fortunate enough to win the presidency, you’d sit in the most powerful office in the free world with a real chance to make — you could be in a position to save the planet, without putting too much emphasis on it. Wouldn’t that be enough of a reason to run for President for you?” Former Vice President Al Gore : “Well,... continue reading
NBC’s Declaration of War “For months now, the White House has rejected claims that the situation in Iraq has deteriorated into civil war, and for the most part news organizations like NBC have hesitated to characterize it as such. But after careful consideration, NBC News has decided a change in terminology is warranted, that the situation in Iraq with armed militarized factions fighting for their own political agendas can now be characterized as civil war.” — Co-host Matt Lauer leading off NBC’s Today , Nov. 27. “The President has a crucial meeting on Wednesday in Jordan with the Prime Minister... continue reading
Democrat Win = “Fantastic News” Hotline ’s Chuck Todd: “Our line here is about 25 or 30 House seats [for the Democrats]. If it gets over 25 or 30 House seats, you’re going to see six Senate seats....” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Well, that’ll be fantastic news. It’ll be huge news, I should say, because if that happens, then we have a government run by the Democrats, and an executive branch run by the Republicans, President George W. Bush, having to actually negotiate every aspect of national policy, including the war in Iraq.” — Exchange at about 7:36pm EST during MSNBC’s... continue reading
Victory Lap: Puffballs for Pelosi... Lesley Stahl: “With just 16 days to the election....Nancy Pelosi, who already made history once when she became Minority Leader, thinks she’s about to do it again.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi: “First of all, you have to understand, breaking the — here we call it ‘the marble ceiling.’ This makes glass look like nothing. This is a marble ceiling.” Stahl: “And breaking it, she says, would help all women.” — From a 60 Minutes profile of Pelosi, October 22. “She often introduces herself as a mother and grandmother, and is known for her trademark smile. But... continue reading
ABC Rationalizes N. Korean Bomb “[North Korean dictator] Kim [Jong-Il] has justified his missile tests and nuclear program as a deterrent to what he sees as an eventual U.S. invasion. It’s a longstanding fear dating back to the Korean War when Kim’s father, Kim Il Sung, feared the U.S. would use nuclear weapons against his country. That historic fear was reinforced 50 years later when the U.S. labeled North Korea part of an ‘Axis of Evil’ with Iran and Iraq. Kim Jong Il feared he would always be next after Iraq.” — Reporter Mark Litke on ABC’s W orld News... continue reading
Media Hot for Foley Scandal “There is no getting around it: The unraveling of the page scandal could be the undoing of some House Republican leaders, if not their hold on Congress....One senior House Republican tells CBS News that this scandal [text on screen] ‘could be the congressional equivalent of Katrina.’” — CBS’s Gloria Borger on the October 2 Evening News. “Over the weekend, this issue became the number one issue in every congressional race in the country. And both Republicans and Democrats say it has the potential to cost Republicans the Congress.” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on World News... continue reading
We’re as Bad as the Terrorists NBC’s Matt Lauer: “You admitted that there were these CIA secret facilities. Okay?” President George W. Bush: “So what? Why is that not within the law?” Lauer: “The head of Amnesty International says secret sites are against international law....Are you at all concerned that at some point, even if you get results, there is a blurring the lines of, between ourselves and the people we’re trying to protect us against?” — Interview shown on NBC’s Today , September 11. (With WMV video clip/ MP3 audio ) “I have no sympathy for those suspected 9/11... continue reading
Keith: Bush Is “Un-American”... “Mr. Bush has signaled that his unparalleled and unprincipled attack on reporting has a new and venomous side angle: The attempt to link, by the simple expediency of one word, ‘media,’ the honest, patriotic, indeed vital questions and questioning from American reporters, with the evil of al-Qaeda propaganda. That linkage is more than just indefensible. It is un-American. Mr. Bush and his colleagues have led us before to such waters. We will not drink again....It thus becomes necessary to remind the President that his administration’s recent Nazi ‘kick’ is an awful and a cynical thing. And... continue reading