The Best of Notable Quotables; December 18, 1995

Vol. Eight; No. 26

...But It's OK For Us to Hate Them Award (for Hypocritical Media Hatemongering)


“Most of the KKK has joined the Republican Party. They don’t have to be there [marching].”

– Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page on the October 15 McLaughlin Group, in a Million Man March discussion.


“For urban dwellers, and especially the poor, the Republican Party as currently constituted is the enemy – the source of endless destructive, mean-spirited and racist initiatives....The unspoken question on Kelly Street [in the Bronx] was how, in good conscience, General Powell could serve as the standard-bearer of a party that is waging all-out war against the poor and racial and ethnic minorities (and which is hostile to the interests of the middle class as well).... For years, the insidious and blatantly racist strategy of the Republican Party has been to pit the middle classes against the lower classes, while sucking money from both groups up the economic pyramid to the smiling faces at the top.”

– Former NBC reporter Bob Herbert in his New York Times column, September 22.

“From the pronunciamentos out of Washington, you’d think the new Congress were a slash-and-burn Khmer Rouge, determined to rid Phnom Penh of every member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, every painter who ever got a dime out of the National Endowment for the Arts, every child who was ever difficult, and other inconvenient co-dependents who ought instead to be growing rice and eating fishpaste in the boondocks.”

CBS Sunday Morning TV critic John Leonard, January 8.

“Too bad he didn’t say a word or two on behalf of public broadcasting, currently under attack by a crowd of power-drunk crackpots in Congress who want to exterminate it. Kermit the Frog will wind up in the kitchen of a French restaurant if they get their way.”

Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales reviewing the State of the Union address, January 25.