Notable Quotables - 10/12/1992
Eleanor's Good News
"Bush is dragging down the GOP senatorial and congressional candidates.
It could be a rout for the GOP."
Eleanor Clift, Newsweek: "That could be termed good news, John."
- McLaughlin Group, October 3.
More Tough Questions for Anita Hill
"You talked, Anita,
about some of the very supportive letters you've gotten, and some of the
letters that have touched you. Have you received any hate mail?....They find
you offensive, most of all, because you are a black woman?....Twenty years
from now, fifty years from now, when people look back at these hearings, how
do you want them to think of you?"
- Katie Couric's questions to Anita Hill, October 7 Today.
Are Polls Important: Depends on Clinton's Lead
Clinton's Lead Appears
solid, May Be Growing Post-ABC Poll Shows Margin of 21 Points
- Washington Post, September 22
Clinton Slide in Survey
Shows Perils of Polling
- Same paper, a week later when poll showed a 9-point lead for Clinton
Gagging Over Guam
convention, they brag America's day begins here. What they don't trumpet is
that something could also be ending on Guam - the right of American women to
get an abortion. Guam's legislature didn't just sing its national anthem. By a
whopping unanimous vote, it enacted the most stringent anti-abortion rights
bill ever passed in any American jurisdiction....As [legislators] debated,
Guam's archbishop sat in the gallery....So talk all you want about separation
of church and state back home. Just don't talk about it on this island, which
is 96 percent Catholic."
- CBS reporter Bob Faw, October 1 Evening News.
Taking Criticism Seriously
"The major media
have simply banned evidence that Miss Flowers is telling the truth. That kind
of manipulation by suppression is the liberal media's favorite trick, and
accounts for 90 percent of the power they wield. It's a lot of power, because
nobody can possibly be fully informed on all of the topics debated in the
public arena...presidential elections are simply too important, and too
closely watched, for the liberal media to pull off their usual massive quota
of suppressions, distortions, and outright lies."
- William Rusher's column in the September 25 Washington Times.
crazy!...The press has been, if anything, much more vigilant about fairness
and objectivity and sort of explaining issues front to back this year than it
- U.S. News & World Report Assistant Managing Editor Harrison Rainie responding to the Rusher column on C-SPAN's Journalists' Roundtable, September 25.
"As Murphy Brown
said, `What planet is this man living on?'"
- response of New York Times reporter Drummond Ayres, same program.
"I believe I'm
going to have to stand by exactly what I said, that the coverage has not been
equal, has not been fair."
- CNN anchor Reid Collins on bias against Bush, on CNN's Reliable Sources, Sept. 5.
Rooney Concedes the Obvious
"On September 15th,
an organization known as Accuracy in Media ran a full-page ad in a New York
newspaper. The ad said: 'We're fed up with negative, one-sided, deceptive
news.' There are several things I agree with in this ad. I agree that
generally speaking, network news people are liberal. I guess I'd have to say I
have a liberal bias myself most of the time."
- 60 Minutes humorist Andy Rooney, September 27.
Cultural Elite Contrast
"Pat Buchanan: Diehard Nixon aide, far-right pundit, far-right presidential hopeful and currently Republican Party ideologue- without-portfolio. Scourge of sodomites and all-around fun guy."
Public television's earnest, elegant and eclectic man of words and thought.
Doing God's work here on Earth, but sometimes the halo can be blinding."
- Newsweek's cultural elite list, October 5.
CNN or DNC?
"Over the past 80 years or more, other nations of the industrialized world have enacted comprehensive systems to pay for health care and control costs...But the U.S. has only a patchwork system of insurance and leaves prices to the private market. Result? Costs rising relentlessly and millions of people without insurance."
did reflect press accounts of the House Bank affair. But what the press
reported was misleading - it described the affair as a scandal. But in
reality, the so-called House Bank was not even a bank, just House members
covering each other's checks. Nobody was cheated, no taxpayer's money
- CNN reporter Brooks Jackson in the special Government for the People, October 4.
Why Bother Voting?
Clinton Sounds a Lot Like Bush on Most Key Issues Facing Small Business
On Global Matters, Two Candidates; Positions Are Mostly in Sync
Bush, Clinton Differ
Little on Military
- Washington Post headlines of Sept. 13, Sept. 18 and Sept. 29
"Mr. Buchanan, some
surveys have suggested that your speech at the Republican convention, in which
you specifically denounced gay rights, and some other speeches there have
promoted a lack of tolerance, an incivility, a lack of manners in a sense,
among certain Republicans that has not gone over well with American voters,
not just gay Americans, but people who feel homosexual rights is a basic civil
rights issue. Have you hurt the Republican ticket with those remarks this
- Weekend Today co-host Scott Simon questioning Pat Buchanan, October 3.
convention speech] in any way do the gay community a favor?...It's called
Americans of every sexual preference together to say that this is a human
rights issue. In that sense, has it cut against the people who wanted to,
maybe from your point of view, further inflict your community with
- Simon to Jeff Yarborough, Editor-in-Chief of the gay magazine The Advocate, same show.
Al Gore, Icon of the New Manhood
"Al Gore leaned
against his orthopedic back pillow, drank bottled water and reflected on the
human spirit and his newfound sense of self. How is it that the wooden-tongued
policy wonk of 1988 has emerged as a spokesman for the inner child, an icon of
the new manhood?...But when Vice President Dan Quayle derides Gore's notions
as `pretty bizarre stuff,' he may not be aware that millions of people attend
support groups every week in the U.S."
- Time Chicago reporter Elizabeth Taylor, October 12 issue.
- L. Brent Bozell III;
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Brant Clifton, Nicholas Damask, Steve Kaminski, Marian Kelley, Tim Lamer; Media Analysts
- Jennifer Hardebeck; Circulation Manager