The Best of Notable Quotables; December 18, 1995

Vol. Eight; No. 26

The 100 Percent Absolutely Not Guilty of Bias Award

“It’s one of the great political myths, about press bias. Most reporters are interested in a story. Most reporters don’t know whether they’re Republican or Democrat, and vote every which way. Now, a lot of politicians would like you to believe otherwise, but that’s the truth of the matter. I’ve worked around journalism all of my life, Tom Snyder has as well, and I think he’ll agree with this, that most reporters, when you get to know them, would fall in the general category of kind of common-sense moderates. And also, let me say that I don’t think that ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ means very much any more, except to those kind of inside-the- Beltway people who want to use it for their own partisan political advantage. I don’t think it holds up.”

– Dan Rather answering a caller about liberal bias, February 8 CBS’s Late Late Show with Tom Snyder.


“I don’t think the coverage of Gingrich and the GOP Congress has been liberally biased.”

– ABC News reporter Cokie Roberts on the CNBC special Meet the Media, October 23.

Question: “..The liberal bias of your network is obvious.”
ABC News Washington anchor and reporter Carole Simpson: “I challenge you to give me examples of that. I disagree wholeheartedly. I think it’s again, an example of the mean- spiritedness that is these days also directed at the media.”

– Exchange during January 5 America Online session.