Notable Quotables - 04/17/1989


Cuban Military Power

"These days Cuba doesn't count for nearly as much in the Soviet military scheme of things,...Much of the old and obsolete. Although with its militia the Cuban armed forces are the largest in Latin America, this Soviet weaponry is years behind the times."
- ABC's Richard Threlkeld on World News Tonight, April 3.

"The Soviets have spent billions of dollars keeping Fidel Castro supplied....The equipment, the best the Soviet Union can supply....Fidel Castro still believes in the Mao adage that power comes from the barrel of a gun. And his island bristles with some of the most modern, such as these advanced MiG 23s."
- Reporter Barry Peterson on the CBS Evening News, same night.



"Polls show that more than 70 percent of Americans support a woman's right to a legal abortion."
- NBC reporter Jamie Gangel, on the April 9 Nightly News.

""Most in US favor ban on majority of abortions, poll finds"
- Boston Globe front page, March 31.


Mikhail Gorbachev

"I'm sure that subjectively speaking, he is one of the most honest politicians of our time."
- Dmitri Simes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the March 26 CNN PrimeNews.

"Thatcher scolds Gorbachev for selling bombers to Libya"
- Washington Times, April 7.

"Gorbachev Criticizes Lack of U.S. Policy: Soviet Leader, in London, Voices Impatience With Bush's 'Prolonged' Review of Options"
- Washington Post, same day.


Valdez Oil Spill

"More broadly, the Reagan Administration's contribution to the debacle consisted of eight years of disdain for environmentalism, hatred of 'government,' and worship of 'the market.'"
- New Republic Senior Editor Hendrik Hertzberg, April 24 issue.


Newt Gingrich

"Although he still resembles a frisky chipmunk scurrying from idea to idea and storing too many bad ones, he became the conservative point man in the Bush campaign."
- U.S. News and World Report Assistant Managing Editor Gloria Borger, March 27.


Jim Wright

"Wright cannily switched his support to the peace plan of the five Central American Presidents. Whatever the ethics committee says about him, Wright is secure in the history books: he ended the war."
- Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory, March 16.



"Medical care was once for the privileged few. Today it is available to every Cuban and it is free. Some of Cuba's health care is world class. In heart disease, for example, in brain surgery. Health and education are the revolution's great success stories."
- ABC's Peter Jennings on the April 3 World News Tonight.

"He [Castro] said he wants to make a better life for Cuba's poor. Many who lived through the revolution say he succeeded....Today even the poorest Cubans have food to eat, their children are educated and even critics of the regime say Cubans have better health care than most Latin Americans."
- Reporter Paula Zahn on Good Morning America, April 3.

"Cubans seem well aware that although they have virtually no guaranteed rights of free speech, thought, or assembly, neither do they have the widespread political terror that prevails in El Salvador, Guatemala, or neighboring Haiti."
- Christian Science Monitor reporter J.D. Gannon, April 5.

"The fact is behind the cheers and smiles of the Gorbachev-Castro summit, there's something sad: neither country fulfilled its revolutionary promise, and each is a disappointment to the other."
- Reporter Bob Abernethy on NBC Nightly News, April 2.


Communist Party Membership

"A testament to courage: the courage of some unabashed trade unionists and civil rights workers, Leftists and yes, American Communists, who fought for principles that we now take for granted."
- Endorsement of Carl Bernstein's book Loyalties, from Ted Koppel.



"There's some dark at the end of the tunnel. Some experts say inflation will force interest rates so high up to slow the economy down, that we'll find ourselves in a recession by the end of this year."
- Conclusion of reporter Charles Feldman, CNN PrimeNews, March 21.

"Consumer Prices Up 0.4%; Rise Is Less Than Expected"
- Washington Post, March 22.

"February inflation rate dips to 0.4%"
- Washington Times, same day.


Linda Ellerbee

"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.

"I have my own business and I can say whatever I damn well please, because they can't fire me or cancel me anymore."
- Linda Ellerbee, at Gannett's "Women, Men and Media" conference, April 10.

"The problem with getting paid to say what you think five days a week is that it presumes you know what you think five days a week, and I don't always."
- Linda Ellerbee on the Arsenio Hall Show, March 28.


El Salvador

"I'm Jeff Greenfield. Later on Nightline, remember El Salvador? The death squads, guerilla attacks, the warnings of another Vietnam? An election this weekend could bring it all back."
- March 17 promo.

"The point is that our government supports this government, which has very little respect for the lives, not only of its own people, but people from any country in the world. That's the problem. That's the issue here."
- Newsweek photographer Bill Gentile on Nightline, March 20.


L. Brent Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham, Marc S. Ryan; Editors
- Jim Heiser, Jay Marois, Patrick Swan, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
- Cynthia Bulman; Administrative Assistant