Notable Quotables

Biased Before, But Not Anymore “The point of The View was to give your views on various issues. There’s nobody that doesn’t have biases one way or the other. It’s my responsibility once I’m on this show [Today] to put those aside. They have no place on this show. But there is nothing that I have said that I am ashamed of. I stand by anything that I’ve said.” — ABC’s The View co-host Meredith Vieira at an April 6 press conference announcing her new job replacing Katie Couric as co-host of NBC’s Today . Flashback: “Everything’s been built on... continue reading
Media Elite vs. Talk Radio “Idiots” Host Kathleen Matthews: “Evan, nothing has lit up the telephones on talk radio more than this Dubai ports deal. Why did it resonate so much with the American people?” Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas: “Because it’s something that simple idiots can understand [other panelists snicker]. I mean, it was an idiotic issue, and it is a classic for talk radio. You can get it on a bumper sticker. But I’m with the elites on this one. It was really, it was ridiculous. We need Dubai as an ally. On balance, it would be... continue reading
Tape: Proof of Bush’s Ineptitude... “In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal dis-aster officials warned President Bush and his Homeland Security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage....” — Lead paragraph of a March 1 AP dispatch on briefings given to President Bush prior to Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, a story which provoked widespread coverage claiming the President had been warned of a levee “breach.” ...Or AP’s Anti-Bush Attitude? “In a Wednesday story, the Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials... continue reading
Revenge of the Crybabies “Americans learned the Vice President had shot a man only when a newspaper in Corpus Christi, Texas, posted a story on its Web site 18 hours later. The White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, faced tough questions today about why the White House did not inform the public.” — Co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas on ABC’s World News Tonight , February 13. “What took so long? Tonight, the White House under fire over the Vice President’s hunting accident....What happened and why didn’t the public learn about the accident sooner?...Tonight, the questions mostly have to do with why it... continue reading
Reporters Pay for Iraq “Disaster” “The war in Iraq has basically turned out to be a disaster, and journalists have paid for it, paid for the privilege of witnessing and reporting that....By any indicator, Iraq is a black hole....Whether you take the number of journalists killed or wounded, whether you take the number of American soldiers killed or wounded, whether you take the number of Iraqi soldiers killed and wounded, contractors, people working there, it just gets worse and worse.” — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Larry King Live , January 30, discussing the bomb attack that wounded ABC co-anchor Bob... continue reading
Obviously Karl Rove’s Handiwork “The last time we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004 presidential election. Now here we are, four days away from hearings starting in Washington into the wiretapping of America’s telephones without bothering to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another tape from Osama bin Laden. Coincidence? Who knows.” — CNN’s Jack Cafferty, The Situation Room, January 19. (With WMV video clip/ MP3 audio ) “Late in the same week that an NSA whistleblower suggests the illicit tapping of American phones is thousands of times larger and... continue reading
NBC: Alito May Be a “Zealot”... “If he [Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito] has a good, strong, solid performance where he comes across as a conservative judge with good temperament, he’s confirmed. If he comes across as a conservative political zealot, he’s in trouble....The question is, is this a conservative judge or a conservative zealot? That’s what the hearings will show.” — NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert previewing the Alito confirmation hearings on Today , January 9 . ...Certainly Is “Ultra-Conservative” “Let’s face it, he [Judge Alito] is an ultra-conservative and his track record on the bench is that... continue reading
America, the New Evil Empire “Dan, in the past, the President and the administration have been tough on the Chinese over the subject of human rights. Now the administration itself is under the spotlight over the subject of torture of prisoners in U.S. custody. Does this make it any trickier for the President to go and address this issue with the Chinese?” — NBC’s Matt Lauer to White House aide Dan Bartlett on the November 14 Today. “I just want to say: Who are we? We are people who have always been for inspections of prisons, for some degree of... continue reading
Hint: We Think He’s Conservative “Samuel Alito is a federal judge in New Jersey with established conservative credentials....Alito is considered a law and order conservative, and many Democrats believe he would oppose abortion rights....In choosing Alito, the President has made good on a campaign promise to pick Supreme Court nominees in the mold of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Alito once clerked for Justice Scalia, and his writing is so similar to the conservative justice’s, he’s sometimes nicknamed ‘Scalito.’” — ABC’s Jessica Yellin on the October 31 Good Morning America about an hour before President Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to... continue reading
Hee, Hee! Rove Might Go to Jail CNN’s Jack Cafferty: “What should Karl Rove do if he is indicted?...He might want to, he might want to get measured for one of those extra large orange jump suits, Wolf, because looking at old Karl, I’m not sure that he’d, they’d be able to zip him into the regular size one.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “He’s actually lost some weight. I think he’s in pretty good shape.” Cafferty: “Oh, well then, maybe just the regular off the shelf large would handle it for him.” Blitzer: “But, you know, it’s still a big if... continue reading