The Best of Notable Quotables; December 24, 1990

Vol. Three; No. 26

Quote of the Year

"Few tears will be shed over the demise of the East German army, but what about East Germany’s eighty symphony orchestras, bound to lose some subsidies, or the whole East German system, which covered everyone in a security blanket from day care to health care, from housing to education? Some people are beginning to express, if ever so slightly, nostalgia for that Berlin Wall."

-- CBS reporter Bob Simon on the March 16 Evening News.


"The ‘balanced’ report, in some cases, may no longer be the most effective, or even the most informative. Indeed, it can be debilitating. Can we afford to wait for our audience to come to its own conclusions? I think not."

-- Teya Ryan, Senior Producer of Turner Broadcasting’s CNN-produced Network Earth series, in the Summer 1990 Gannett Center Journal.

"Modern man has reached the point where his demands for space are ravaging the planet, and wiping out other life forms in the process. Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich is back with more of his series ‘Assignment Earth,’ and this morning he begins with a report on how man is destroying the entire ecological system with something that appears to be completely harmless."  

-- Deborah Norville introducing Paul Ehrlich’s report on cows, January 9 Today.

"Congress changed the Soviet Constitution to permit limited private ownership of small factories, although laws remain against exploitation of everyone else."

-- NBC Moscow reporter Bob Abernethy on Nightly News, March 13.

Nothing To Do With the Media, But We Couldn’t Resist

"I wish I’d done this before I’d run for President. It would’ve given me insight into the anxiety any independent businessman or farmer must have....Now I’ve had to meet a payroll every week. I’ve got to pay the bank every month....I’ve got to pay the state of Connecticut taxes....It gives you a whole new perspective on what other people worry about."

-- Former Senator George McGovern on owning a Connecticut hotel, his first-ever business venture, in the March 1 Washington Post.


-- L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher;  Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
-- Callista Gould, Jim Heiser, Marian Kelley, Gerard Scimeca; Media Analysts
-- Jennifer Hardebeck; Administrative Assistant