The Best of Notable Quotables; December 21, 1992

Vol. Five; No. 26

Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award

A Gulag Breeds Rage, Yes, but Also Serenity

New York Times story on last Soviet poitical prisoners being released, February 12


Connie Chung: “In formerly communist Bulgaria, the cost of freedom has been virtual economic disaster. Peter Van Sant reports.”
Van Sant: “Thousands of socialists rally in Sofia, Bulgaria. It may look like a rally from communism’s glory years, but it’s not. It’s an expression of frustration, a longing for the bad old days when liberty was scarce but at least everybody had a job.”

CBS Evening News, December 29, 1991.

“In the old Soviet Union, you never saw faces like these. The poor, the homeless, and the desperation of the Russian winter. Their numbers are growing. Tonight – Is this what democracy does? A look at the Russia you haven’t seen before....The people of Russia are learning this winter that the price of freedom can be painfully high.”

– Barbara Walters opening Nightline, January 14.
“The economic and political turmoil that has swept the former Communist East Bloc has hit women the hardest. There’s been a strong backlash against the idea of women’s equality... Under the communists, women in the workplace were glorified. And if they needed time off to give birth and raise families, they got it at full pay.”

– ABC reporter Jerry King, April 6 World News Tonight.