Notable Quotables - 04/27/1992


Misunderstood Michael

"The Bush campaign falsely portrayed Dukakis as soft on crime."
- CNN anchor Bernard Shaw in introductory piece preceding interview with Michael Dukakis, April 16 Inside Politics.


Time: New Look, But Passing the Same Old Gas

"Increase excise taxes on gasoline, alcohol, and tobacco...Larry Summers, an economics professor on leave from Harvard, for example, calculates that a tax directed at halving the growth of carbon dioxide emissions would raise $16 billion a year, while increasing the price of gasoline only 5 cents a gallon."
- Time Washington reporter Dan Goodgame in the April 20 issue, the first following its redesign.


Panicked Potter

"If the world is to head off the risk of global warming, with its danger of massive crop failure, or rising sea levels, or spreading starvation in the poorest countries, then America - the largest producer of the gases that cause global warming - is in the spotlight."
- ABC reporter Ned Potter, April 7 World News Tonight.


Election Forecasts...

Discontented European Voters Look for Change

Working-Class City Reflects Anti-Tory Mood Across Britain
- Washington Post, April 5

"But neither party seems likely to win a decisive victory, and the most likely outcome is either a razor-thin majority or a `hung parliament' in which the winner would have to rely on support from one or more minor parties to control the government."
- Washington Post reporter Glenn Frankel, April 6.

"Major and the Conservatives seem to have failed to win a majority after 13 years because of the voter's perception that they did little to pull Britain out of the recession. Conservatives were heavily criticized for failing to invest enough funds in the national health service and the educational system. But voters were equally concerned about the large tax increase the Labor Party proposed with a top rate of 59 percent to fund those programs. If current trends hold up and the Conservatives run about 25 to 30 seats short, observers believe Prime Minister Major will resign tomorrow, leaving it up to Labor to form a government."
- ABC's Pierre Salinger on World News Tonight April 9, the day of the election.


...Versus Reality

Conservatives Win Majority of 21 Seats British Vote Called a Rejection of Labor
- Washington Post, April 11

Kinnocks's labor lost, so he quits
- Washington Times, April 14


House Bank: Nobody to Blame

"The [House] bank had no written standards; hopeless accounting procedures made it impossible to determine when overdrafts occurred except by painstaking check-by-check reconstruction of individual accounts....None of this was anyone's fault."
- Washington Post reporter Guy Gugliotta, April 17.


Craving Communism

"In many ways, North Korea resembles a religion as much as a conventional state. The President, known as the Great Leader, is the object of worship and veneration, much of it apparently genuine on an extraordinary scale. His birthplace is the site of pilgrimages that would not seem out of place in Bethlehem."
- CNN reporter Mike Chinoy, April 6 World News.

"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.


Moyers: Better Than Sex

"In the world of nonfiction television, there's nothing quite as exhilarating as a great Bill Moyers program. The Secret Government and High Crimes and Misdemeanors were the most cogent analysis of what went wrong during the Iran-Contra mess that television had to offer....Fans and foes take note: Listening to America, his new 26-week series is a grand slam....From the time he left the Lyndon Johnson White House because of disagreements with Vietnam policy, Moyers has been ahead of the establishment curve politically. He, and a handful of print journalists, could see how television had handed over coverage of the 1988 election to Roger Ailes."
- Boston Globe television reviewer Ed Siegel, April 7.


Creating Jobs: Up, Down and Around

Census study says high-paying fields created most jobs
- Boston Globe, April 15

Report Portrays a Churning Sea of U.S. Job Losses and Gains
- Washington Post, same day


Conspiracy Against Blacks? Yes

"The advent of crack cocaine, the easy availability of lethal weapons, and the emergence of the AIDS virus among inner-city blacks - all may be construed as evidence of a plot....All this would surely require a reordering of national priorities - a Marshall Plan for the cities, as liberals like to say. But in an era of widespread compassion fatigue and dwindling confidence in government's ability to solve social problems, no one is expecting Washington to do the Right Thing."
- Newsweek reporter Tom Morganthau, April 6.


Regretting Reagan?

"Do you have any regrets about voting for so-called Reaganomics, which kind of suggested we could have it all?"
- Tom Brokaw questioning Senator Warren Rudman, April 3 NBC Nightly News.


Art Won't Survive Without Tax Dollars

"There will always be controversy. By its very nature, art goes beyond convention, beyond reality. It pushes the boundaries. But the art world knows, and the government knows, that without taxpayer help, the richness and diversity of art in America could disappear."
- NBC's Mike Jensen, March 31 Nightly News.


And Finally, Nobody Complain About Taxes

April 15 Could Be Worse Believe it or not, Americans' taxes aren't that bad
- Newsweek, April 13


- L. Brent Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Brant Clifton, Nicholas Damask, Steve Kaminski, Marian Kelley, Tim Lamer; Media Analysts
- Jennifer Hardebeck; Circulation Manager