Notable Quotables - 04/18/1988


Campaign '88

"Jackson has said repeatedly that it is necessary to correct eight years of 'reverse Robin Hood,' during which Reaganomics 'has made the rich richer and the poor poorer.' On that claim, Jackson is well grounded in statistics."
- Washington Post reporter Paul Taylor reviewing Jesse Jackson's "bold" economic program, April 4.

"Wealthy Paid Bigger Share of '86 Taxes"
- two days later, same paper, page D3.

"I know that it would be very easy to do and say things now vis a vis Jesse that could easily be interpreted as racism....It's absolutely clear to me that if Jesse were a white man, he'd probably be getting kicked around rather royally by the press."
- anonymous TV network correspondent, quoted by The Washington Post, April 5.

"Jackson is speaking to blue-collar voters who voted for Wallace, who voted for Reagan. Jackson is right on South Africa, Jackson is right on Central America. Jackson would shift policy toward the Middle East, but I think the other candidates would also. I don't think he's that far off to the left."
- Newsweek correspondent Eleanor Clift appearing on the McLaughlin Group, weekend of April 9.

" U.S. communist hails Jackson role"
- The Washington Times, April 11.

"New Yorkers Welcome Jackson Like a Celebrity"
- New York Times, same day.



Civil Rights

"Dr. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ended the day on a high note by imploring his followers not to let the current administration in Washington nullify all that King stood for."
- CNN's Larry Woods reporting on Memphis march marking the 20th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, April 4 PrimeNews.




"Analysts called today's report a sign that the nation will avoid a recession. This year."
- Dan Rather on news the Leading Economic Indicators jumped 0.9 percent, March 29.

"The nation's unemployment rate fell a tenth of one percent in March to 5.6 percent. That's the lowest it's been since May of 1979. But this low unemployment rate is not entirely good news. Fewer people are looking for work."
- Connie Chung on the April 1 NBC Nightly News.



Presidential Performance

"If I had to pick the best Presidents in my lifetime, I would of course pick Roosevelt and Kennedy, and I would also pick Harry Truman."
- David Brinkley in The Washington Post Magazine, April 10.




"No one is confident the Soviets will sign onto the latest U.S. proposal even though it seems to be the only way out. The irony is that after eight years of demanding that the Soviets simply leave Afghanistan, a simple yes answer hasn't been enough."
- CBS News State Department reporter Wyatt Andrews, March 31.

"This is one of those times when I wish I could just sit with you for an hour or two. I'm sure there are an awful lot of Vietnam veterans and families of Vietnam veterans who would like to hear also from you, because it does give us the sense that in many ways we are more alike than different."
- ABC Nightline anchor Ted Koppel to Artyom Borovik, foreign editor of Soviet magazine Ogonyok, April 14.



White House Press

"In the wake of Watergate and Vietnam, press conferences have deteriorated into a game of 'How can I trip him up?' and 'I gotcha.' Instead of asking legitimate questions on matters of importance, most of the reporters who attend press conferences are there only to trap the President. They are trying to make news, not report it. The incredibly arrogant television networks even go one step further-when they show excerpts from the news conference afterwards, they generally try to use only the questions that come from their own correspondents and ignore the rest. It's a case of 'It wasn't important unless we asked it.'"
- Larry Speakes in his new book Speaking Out.

If the publishers of Speaking Out decide to hold a book party for Larry Speakes next month, they may be able to have it in a telephone booth."
- Washington Times White House reporter Jeremiah O'Leary, reviewing the "kiss and tell" book, April 14.



Tax Reform

"Critics of the tax reform bill always claimed it would help the rich. And it certainly benefitted the California millionaire named Ronald Reagan. Tax returns made public today show the First Couple paid less tax on more income."
- CBS News reporter Terrence Smith, April 8.


- 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