Notable Quotables - 07/10/1989


Oliver North

"He's one of the biggest liars in American history."
- Tom Braden on Crossfire, July 5.

"What on earth could Washington's inner-city youth have done to U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell for him to impose a convicted felon on them as a role model?....Will we see little North clones in brown shirts marching around the ghetto quoting from Ollie's oracles of heroism and morality? Can't you envision North handing out portable paper shredders to school kids?...If teachers complained, North's covert kiddy crew could ransom grades for stolen hubcaps."
- Barbara Reynolds, "Inquiry" Editor of USA Today, July 7.


I.F. Stone

"The late I.F. "Izzy" Stone was one of the all-time treasured Americans. The folk hero of the New Left was arguably the best investigative journalist ever to take finger to typewriter and he was a cultural spirit to millions, yours truly most definitely included. We will never see his likes again."
- CNN and Mutual Broadcasting talk show host Larry King in USA Today, June 26.

"In a way, I was half a Jeffersonian and half a Marxist. I never saw a contradiction between the two, and I still don't."
- I.F. Stone quoted in The Nation, July 10.


Political Labeling I

"Kudos to CBS and NBC as the only two broadcast-news organizations that have a policy to use the journalistically objective terminology, prochoice and antiabortion."
- Boston Globe television reviewer Ed Siegel, July 4.


Political Labeling II

"Conservative Robert Bork said he thought this one would be adopted because of people's strong feelings about the flag... Former Senator Birch Bayh is an expert on constitutional amendments. Today he expressed concern that this amendment could be used to score other political points."
- NBC's Carl Stern on the June 27 Nightly News.


Gross National Product

"Economy expanding, slightly stronger"
- Washington Times, June 23.

"GNP Figures Indicate a Slowdown"
- Washington Post, same day.



"Communism got to be a terrible word here in the United States, but our attitude toward it may have been unfair. Communism got in with a bad crowd when it was young and never had a fair chance...

The Communist ideas of creating a society in which everyone does his best for the good of everyone is appealing and fundamentally a more uplifting idea than capitalism. Communism's only real weakness seems to be that it doesn't work."
- 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney in The New York Times, June 26.

S & L Crisis

"Many of the private owners of the thrifts who profited by reckless lending turned out to be big contributors through their PAC's to leaders of Congress, who, in turn, jawboned the thrift regulators into delaying a crackdown on the S&L industry. The deregulation of S&L's that made these unwise lending practices possible was instituted under the Republicans in 1982."
- Mortimer Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report, July 3.


CBS Reading Material


"I read Mother Jones carefully and look forward to every issue. After all, stories that started out in Mother Jones have wound up on 60 Minutes."
- CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace as quoted in subscription letter for the far-left magazine.


Moral Equivalency

"Four persons were executed yesterday, three in Shanghai and one in Parchman, Miss. World opinion has shouted its outrage at the barbarism of the Chinese government crackdown. But in America, capital punishment is on the rise."
- Boston Globe columnist Robert Turner, June 23.

"Yet even as we recoil at the slaughter in Beijing, the U.S. Congress is preparing to help finance a similar assault on the innocents in a tiny fragment of Central America known as El Salvador."
- Richard Goodwin, former Special Assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, in the Los Angeles Times, June 12.

"Well in some sense we would have to say that this is a new America and there is a new South in part because we had our Tienanmen Square. People were being assassinated and killed....We're fighting for on-site, same-day registration. We have less participation, for example, than Nicaragua or than Panama."
- Jesse Jackson on Good Morning America, June 29.


Democratic Think Tank

"The Center is unique because it understands the necessary relationship between politics and policy and is extremely helpful in sorting out the superficial from the serious."
- CBS Political Editor Dotty Lynch on the liberal Center for National Policy. From the Center's 1988 annual report.


Lyn Nofziger

"A setback for prosecutors in a key test of the ethics in government law today. A federal appeals court here in Washington overturned the ethics conviction of Lyn Nofziger."
- Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, June 27.


Ethnic Unrest

"Appearing on a nightly news program, Mr. Gorbachev warned that continued violence will eventually tear the Soviet Union apart, and he hinted that those who stir up unrest will not be tolerated."
- Rick Moore on CNN's PrimeNews, July 1.

"He [Gorbachev] called for the freedom and equality of all the many different ethnic and national groups within the Soviet Union, but he made no specific proposals."
- Reporter Jonathan Sanders on the CBS Evening News, the same night.



"Throughout the ranks of Chinese-American organizations - ranging from those that long have sympathized with the People's Republic to those that from the beginning have supported the warlord regime on Taiwan - all are shocked. All are outraged."
- Reporter Charles Radin in a June 16 Boston Globe story on Chinese-American protesters. (Thanks to Don Feder of the Boston Herald.)


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