Notable Quotables

Republicans Need to “Shed” Conservative “Orthodoxy” “The [Republican] party has got to find a way to reach out to Latinos, the fastest growing voting bloc, to become a more diverse party with the ability to shed some of the orthodoxy around taxes, around spending, over the role of government, and this process is going to begin this morning, the soul-searching and redefinition.” — NBC’s David Gregory talking about the election returns on Today , November 7. Anchor Soledad O’Brien: “There are some people who are doing soul-searching, but there are others whose response was ‘We should be more conservative. We... continue reading
Obama’s Libya Incompetence an “Utterly Contrived” Issue “It’s obviously been totally politicized at this point. I lived in a civil war in Beirut for four years. These are incredibly messy situations. People don’t show up with uniforms....You can have a flash mob turned into a planned thing. You can have planned people inside of a flash mob. To me, this is an utterly contrived story in the sense that, ‘this is the end of,’ you know, ‘Obama’s foreign policy.’” — New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on NBC’s Meet the Press , October 21. “This business about the, you know,... continue reading
Raging Over Failed Debate: “Obama Should Watch MSNBC!” “I don’t know how he let Romney get away with the crap he threw out tonight... Obama should watch MSNBC!... He will learn something every night on this show and all these shows. This stuff we’re watching, it’s like first grade for most of us. We know all this stuff.” — Chris Matthews on MSNBC following the first presidential debate, October 3. Media Excuse #1: Blame the Altitude “Let’s get right to it. That debate, what happened?...Your supporters have been saying, ‘This wasn’t a bad night, he didn’t show up.’...Again, why did... continue reading
Crushing Mitt Romney With Media-Generated “Earthquake” “Good evening. Today there was a political earthquake in the presidential race and all because of a small camera secretly recording from the side of a room....ABC’s Jake Tapper and ABC’s Jon Karl bring us two perspectives on this seismic day.” — Anchor Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News , September 18. Co-host George Stephanopoulos : “Breaking now, Mitt Romney caught on tape at a private fund-raiser. His candid comments causing shock waves....Let’s get more on this from our political analyst, Matt Dowd. Matt, you’ve worked in a lot of campaigns for both parties... continue reading
“A Tall Order” to Expect Good Press for Barack Obama? “You, I guess, have to play mistake-free ball now for 60 days, hope for nothing but positive coverage. That’s a tall order.” — Anchor Brian Williams to Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett during NBC’s live convention coverage, September 6. Still Inspired by Humble Dreamer Obama? “I wanted to take you back to something you wrote. You wrote that ‘I have never had a President who inspired me the way people tell me my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe, I have found the man who could be... continue reading
Romneys “Have a Party” as “Black People Drown” “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” — Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief and former political director for ABC News David Chalian talking over a picture of Ann and Mitt Romney, as caught on an open microphone during coverage of the Republican national convention, August 28. PBS Host: Nasty Reporter Is “God’s Gift to Journalism” “One mistake does not change this. @DavidChalian is God’s gift to political journalism. #IStandwithDavid” — PBS Washington Week anchor Gwen Ifill in an August 29 Twitter posting shortly after Yahoo! News fired... continue reading
Journalists Falsely Portray Paul Ryan as Budget “Slasher” “New battle lines have been drawn after Mitt Romney chose conservative Congressman and budget slasher Paul Ryan as his running mate.” — Co-host Bianna Golodryga on ABC’s Good Morning America , August 12. “Ryan is the Republican with a plan to slash government spending by trillions of dollars, including politically dangerous changes to Medicare.” — ABC's Jonathan Karl on World News , August 11. “The selection of Ryan, the architect of a politically polarizing budget plan to slash trillions in federal funding, including cuts to Medicare, has set a clear contrast between... continue reading
CBS Trumpets Sleazy “Wimp” Cover As If It’s Real News Correspondent Jan Crawford: “I just got a copy of the Newsweek cover that’s going to be hitting the newsstands tomorrow that calls you a ‘wimp.’ Have you seen this?... Has anyone ever called you a ‘wimp’ before?” Mitt Romney: “Don’t recall that, no.” — Exchange shown on CBS’s Face the Nation , July 29. “I’m going to ask you about this new edition of Newsweek . They have on the cover Mitt Romney and it says ‘The Wimp Factor.’ Now this is reminiscent of a sort of an infamous Newsweek... continue reading
Sudden Respect for John Roberts, “The Man of the Hour” “Few expected this result from the staunchly conservative Roberts, who was appointed by George W. Bush....This opinion did give heart to many Court watchers who’ve been concerned that this institution of government was at risk of becoming just another hyper-partisan place in American politics. By joining the liberals, Chief Justice Roberts seemed to have stopped that.” — ABC’s Terry Moran on World News , June 28. Correspondent Wyatt Andrews: “There’s already no question this one case changes the John Roberts legacy, Scott. Yesterday,he was widely seen as another partisan on... continue reading
Special Edition: Still Slobbering Over Barack Obama Any other President with Barack Obama’s record — high unemployment, record deficits, and scandals such as Fast and Furious and the leaking of our nation’s intelligence secrets — would face withering scrutiny from the press. But since Obama was elected, journalists have continued the adoring coverage that marked the 2008 campaign. This special edition of Notable Quotables documents the media’s continuing love affair with Barack Obama. Ecstasy at the Great One’s Victory “Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of... continue reading