The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

Award for the Silliest Analysis

"’These boat people,’ says the government of Hong Kong, ‘they all want to go to America.’ Well, I swear I don’t know why, do you? I mean take Vietnam. Why would any Vietnamese come to America after what America did for Vietnam? Don’t they remember My Lai, napalm, Sylvester Stallone? Clearly they have no more sense over there, than say, Mexicans who keep trying to get into this country even though this country stole large parts of their country from them in the first place."

-- Linda Ellerbee, CNN PrimeNews, June 2.


"Sadly, many home remedies could damage a fetus instead of kill it."

-- Newsweek Senior Editor Melinda Beck on self-performed abortions, July 17 issue.

"Well, am I a liberal, a conservative, or what? What...I believe in sunny summer mornings when the grass is sweet and the wind is green with possibilities. I believe in chili with no beans and iced tea all year round....I believe music is too important to be left to musicians, and that Ella Fitzgerald is the best American singer ever, and that Beethoven would have liked Chuck Berry....And so it goes."

-- Linda Ellerbee in her first commentary on CNN, March 20.

"But certain times with George Bush there seems to be an irrelevancy, or he gets something wrong. We pointed out yesterday he referred to Benjamin Harrison dying of pneumonia after a chilly inauguration day, and of course it was William Tyler Harrison who died."

-- NBC’s John Cochran on William Henry Harrison, January 20.

"The [Afghan] army has controlled this beautifully rugged landscape with the help of women right from the revolution. It’s the women of this country who have the most to lose if this Marxist revolution fails, if the government falls to the fundamentalist Muslim rebels. A woman’s place in such a society would be back under the head to toe covering of the chaterra, cooking and bearing children."

-- Reporter Steve Hurst on CNN PrimeNews, February 9.