Quotes of Note

Conflating Concern on Liberal Bias With (Alleged) Racism 'Romney dares not go there. Not Newt. He's the street fighter with a history of poisonous politics who not only goes there but dwells there. He makes his nest among the thorns of open animus and coded language. Take the issue of media bias for instance: according to a September Pew Research Center poll, more than three-quarters of Republicans said that news organizations are politically biased. That was appreciably higher than both independents and Democrats. And that same month a Gallup poll found that three-quarters of Republicans believe that the news media... continue reading
Surging GOPers 'Are to Varying Degrees Yahoos' 'The candidates who surged before [Gingrich] are to varying degrees yahoos. They proved it anew last week. Michele Bachmann seemed to be under the impression that we had an embassy in Iran, and Rick Perry was definitely under the delusion that the voting age in this country is 21 instead of 18.' – Former White House correspondent, now columnist Frank Bruni, December 4. Herman Cain 'Seems Like Someone Who ...Has Never Opened a Newspaper' 'Let us pause here to make a necessarily severe assessment: to say that Herman Cain has an imperfect grasp... continue reading
March 4, 2005 Weisman: Democracy Rumblings as Bad News for Bush "Less than six weeks after President Bush's Inaugural Address appealing for democratic reforms in the Middle East, the United States is coping with an unaccustomed problem: a region churning with fresh demands for democracy, fresh opportunities and fresh potential for instability." - Diplomatic correspondent Steven Weisman, March 1. Weisman: Democracy Rumblings as Bad News for America "And Lebanon, you remember, lots of your viewers remember what a chaotic situation it was 20 years ago at the height of civil war when they were hostages and American troops were introduced... continue reading
February 26, 2005 A Republican "Caricature" to Call Hillary Clinton Liberal "Remember Hillary Rodham Clinton and the conventional wisdom about how polarizing a figure she is? Well, think again. Recent polls have shown that Mrs. Clinton, the junior senator from New York, may have turned a corner politically, sharply reducing the number of voters in the state who harbor negative views of her. Pollsters say the change is remarkable for a woman who has long been shadowed by a seemingly implacable group of voters - commonly referred to as Hillary haters - who dislike her, no matter what she does,... continue reading
February 21, 2005 "(Far) Right" National Review, But no Labels for Leftist Lynne Stewart "Pataki Takes His Lumps, From the (Far) Right" - The "jump page" headline to a Michael Cooper story on conservative disaffection with New York Gov. George Pataki (which cited, among other Pataki critics, the magazine National Review ), February 12. vs. "Regretting the Bravado, a Convicted Lawyer Examines Her Options" - Headline to a story on left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted for aiding terrorism, same day. The Battle Over PBS: "Conservatives". "Some critics, like Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, are... continue reading
February 11, 2005 An Extremist Lawyer's "Legendary Compassion" "Lynne F. Stewart, the activist defense lawyer convicted yesterday of aiding terrorism, has spent her life passionately defending some very unpopular clients.Long before Ms. Stewart took up the defense of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric on whose account she was convicted yesterday, she was taking cases that no one else wanted. Ms. Stewart's compassion is legendary, her friends said.Some say that Ms. Stewart never gave up the ideals of the 1960's." - From reporter Sabrina Tavernise's February 11 profile of extremist left-wing lawyer Lynne Stewart, convicted on charges of... continue reading
February 4, 2005 Media's "Credibility-Damaging Kinship With Soldiers" in Iraq? "A nostalgic insider turned outsider can still offer insights, however, and the most useful is that cable news outlets were ludicrously rah-rah during the invasion of Iraq and that embedded reporters felt a credibility-damaging kinship with soldiers." - From Ned Martel's February 4 review of a documentary from left-wing media critic Danny Schechter. Bush Budget "Brutal In Its Cuts" "The view among a number of White House officials was that the big news would come on Monday, when the president is to unveil a budget described as brutal in its... continue reading
January 28, 2005 "Washington Awash With Conservative Hubris" "The Bush family omert demands silence and loyalty from all the president's retinue, so Mrs. Whitman's decision to speak out is in itself an outrage.The bitterness of the reaction is all the more surprising because Mrs. Whitman's book, like her public record, performs some astounding contortions to avoid criticizing the president himself. Mr. Bush's decision to break his campaign promise to curb carbon emissions from power plants? A reasonable choice, Mrs. Whitman argues, marred by poor public relations. She asserts, without irony, that Mr. Bush is a closet environmentalist, forced to hide... continue reading
December 20, 2005 The Times Watch 'Quotes of Note Worst of 2005' The Deaniac Award for Iraq War Defeatism "And in the shadow of the bleak and often horrific news emerging from Iraq nearly every day, historians and political experts are finding at least a wan hope in those imperfect historical analogies. Even in the absence of a sudden and dramatic shift on the battlefield toward a definitive victory, there may still be a slight opening, as narrow as the eye of a needle, for the United States to slip through and leave Iraq in the near future in a... continue reading
January 21, 2005 Arrogant America "The first-term view of America as an unrivalled power with a single focus, uninterested in consultation, its perceived arrogance captured by the photographs at Abu Ghraib, will be hard to shake." - Foreign policy reporter Roger Cohen on how the world sees Bush, January 16 Week in Review . Thank God "Many Europeans who deplore Washington's blunt methods and go-it-alone tendencies still say the United States can recapture its moral leadership." - Mark Landler, January 16 Week in Review . Sen. Robert Who? "Essie Mae Washington-Williams spent 78 years as the unacknowledged mixed-race daughter of... continue reading