The Best of Notable Quotables; December 15, 1997

Vol. Ten; No. 25

If The Bias Fits We Won't Admit Award

"I don't think voting for Clinton makes you a liberal. I mean,
Bill Clinton isn't even a liberal, and second, if you're liberal,
does that mean you can't be fair? What hypocrisy that we sit
around and talk about the press like it's some sort of 'they.'
It's us. Are we too liberal? N-o....The bias is in favor of bad
news and you go after whoever is in power, and the name of the
game is kill the king, which is why Bill Clinton does not get a
free ride."  

--Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, July 5. [79 points]


"Although the experience and independence of Tom Brokaw, Peter
Jennings, Dan Rather, and Ted Koppel would give their opinions a
lot more weight than those of any politician, they still observe
the disciplines of their craft. Their on-air analyses plumb the
views and prejudices of others without parading their own."  

--Former New York Times Executive Editor Max Frankel deploring
ABC's hiring of George Stephanopoulos, January 19 New York Times Magazine. [65]

"Scholar after scholar has disputed, in studying the actual
content of the press, what you've just blithely handed out that
it's this left-wing media. That's a charge from the '50s. That's
not the current press. Tom Patterson   no, the bias is a bias
against politicians of all kinds, not a bias for one side or
other."   Ellen Hume, Director of the PBS Democracy Project,
reacting to Bob Novak's assertion the mainstream media are
"tilted to the left."

--July 27 CNN Reliable Sources. [60]