Notable Quotables

Leave Influencing Elections to Us Biased Journalists “Do you think it’s fair that, just because you have billions of dollars, you can influence elections?” — ABC’s Barbara Walters to conservative businessman and philanthropist David Koch in a clip shown on This Week , December 14. Reporter Mocks “Barking” Dogs of the “Kamikaze Caucus” “Boehner wins Speakership for 3rd term in light of 25 #GOP defections. Never in doubt but the Kamikaze Caucus is alive & barking” — NBC congressional reporter Luke Russert in a January 6 posting on Twitter. Wretched America Will Be Even Worse Thanks to New GOP Congress... continue reading
America: “Morally” No Better than Our Enemies? “How are we better than our enemies morally, in light of what we all read about today?...What if you, God forbid, members of your family, had to undergo some of the treatments we are reading about in this report?” — Anchor Brian Williams on the December 9 NBC Nightly News , asking former CIA Director Michael Hayden about the Senate Democratic report on interrogation techniques. “Is this the responsibility of President Bush? Did he betray American values?” — Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos to President Obama in a December 9 interview, a... continue reading
No Charges in Ferguson = Grand Jury “Failure” “The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, has failed to come up with an indictment for the police officer in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown....The bottom line is, this grand jury sitting 25 days, failed to come up with charges after 70 hours and 60 witnesses in all.” — Anchor Brian Williams during NBC News live coverage, November 24. Don’t Forget: Obama Still Represents Racial Progress Anchor Scott Pelley: “In his [Ferguson] address last night, President Obama said America has made enormous progress on race relations over the past... continue reading
Denying Mandate for Conservatives After Election Sweep “I don’t think that this was a big, ideological election as much as it was ‘we want to change the team. We want to find somebody who can get things done.’... Does [incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell back away from repealing, for example, Affordable Care? Will we not hear about Benghazi again for a while and all the other issues that have been coming up? It was not so long ago a lot of Republicans said impeach the President. Do they want to go there? That’s not the message that the country... continue reading
Midterm Softball: Please Explain Why Republicans Suck Co-host Norah O’Donnell: “You serve in the U.S. Senate. Democrats are in control. The Republicans need six seats. On average, since World War II the opposing party of the President has won about six seats. What’s going to happen if Republicans take control?” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): “Oh, it’s going to be ugly out there if the Republicans take control.” O’Donnell: “I guess that was a softball of a question, wasn’t it?” Warren: “How many ways can we talk about this?” Co-host Charlie Rose: “She just teed it up for you. Go.” —... continue reading
Democrats Should Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste... “Well, we’ve got to get our base going. The other thing, too, is that we can’t let the Republicans get away with some of the stuff they’re doing this week, just trying to bash Obama. Hey, you know, government is always your enemy until you need a friend. This Ebola thing is the best argument you can make for the kind of government that we believe in.” — CNN Crossfire co-host Van Jones on ABC’s This Week , October 5. ...But It’s “Irresponsible” When Republicans Mention Ebola “Republican Senate candidates from... continue reading
Farewell to the “Non-Political” Eric Holder “He’s a very non-political person. And I think people used to mistakenly think that this guy was this long-time political operative who happened to be an Attorney General. That’s not him at all. In fact, that used to get him in some hot water with some of the President’s own political aides who sometimes felt that Eric Holder wasn’t thinking about the politics of an issue....He’d get criticized, say from Republicans on Capitol Hill, because they thought, ‘Oh, he’s being too much — too political.’ The guy wasn’t political at all, and in many... continue reading
Media Slam Obama from the Left on Amnesty Delay “President @BarackObama once again delays action on immigration. He promised on June 30th to act before the end of the summer. Now he won’t.” “A promise is a promise/ Una promesa es una promesa” “This presidential delay means that more innocent people will be deported and more families separated. It’s the triumph of partisan politics.” — Series of Twitter messages posted by Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos on September 6, reacting to news that President Obama was delaying an executive order that would bypass Congress and grant amnesty to potentially... continue reading
NBC Tries to Explain Obama’s “No Strategy” Blunder Co-host Matt Lauer: “Good morning. No strategy? The President taking heat for saying his administration has yet to develop a plan to deal with ISIS militants in Syria....Critics pounced, Chuck. Did they take his words too literally, or did the President admit there’s no plan...?” NBC News political director Chuck Todd: “Well, the answer to both questions is ‘yes.’ The White House certainly is trying to spin back the President’s words saying, ‘Hey, you know, yes, they were a little blunt.’ They wish he would have worded it differently, but they remind... continue reading
Media Race to Bury Perry After “Ridiculous” Indictment “The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback....The indictment could mar the legacy of Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, as his tenure nears an end.” — The New York Times ’s Manny Fernandez in an August 16 front-page article. “Perry has vowed to stay in office until the end of his term, that’s January, but... continue reading