Notable Quotables - 05/01/1989


Ted Turner

"I absolutely trust them [Soviet leaders] with my life. They're not even an enemy anymore."
- Turner quoted in the April 13 Washington Post.



"There may well be systematic attempts to assassinate doctors who perform abortions. Or we may have snipers lying in wait to kill pregnant women entering abortion centers."
- Harry Schwartz, former member of The New York Times editorial board, on what will happen if Roe vs. Wade is upheld, from April 25 column for USA Today.

"For a while it seemed as if no one was taking them all that seriously. They were just a bunch of born-again fanatics going around bombing abortion clinics, or at least blockading them, putting their bodies on the line for God and fetus."
- "Essayist" Anne Taylor Fleming on the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, April 10.

"Defying Simple Slogans: Why 'adoption, not abortion' won't work"
- Newsweek, May 1.


Oliver North

"Like North, Castro has always portrayed foreign policy as an endless struggle between darkness and light, and the Fidels and Ollies of the world desperately need each other. 'Great Satans,' observes Hunter,[of the Center for Strategic and International Studies] 'always come in pairs.'"
- U.S. News and World Report Senior Writer Steven Roberts, April 17.


Jim Wright

"47 Wright charges dropped"
- USA Today, April 18.

"Wright Violated Rules 69 Times, Ethics Panel Says"
- Los Angeles Times, same day.



"Tens of thousands have migrated here unofficially to take advantage of the region's rich resources....where water is scarce, the climate inhospitable and diseases like malaria commonplace."
- Washington Post reporter Keith Richburg in an article on resettlement of Vietnamese, April 16.


Abbie Hoffman

"The schemes were mostly put-ons and fodder for the press, Hoffman's most faithful co-conspirator."
- Time reporter Richard Lacayo, April 24.


New York Gang Rape

"Ron Green [local citizen] thinks part of the problem is that society has neglected these children. There are too few constructive activities for them."
- NBC reporter Cassandra Clayton in Nightly News story on the brutal rape of a woman in Central Park by teenagers, April 24.


Energy Policy

"Unless the growth of fuel consumption is slowed dramatically or nonfossil fuel energy sources, including solar and nuclear, are expanded rapidly, the world could face climatic changes leading to widespread flooding and famine...Thus the time has come to get tough about conservation. The first step should be immediate increase in the federal gasoline tax."
- Time writer Michael Lemonick in the April 17 "Environment" section.



"Good Evening. A double dose of worrisome economic statistics tonight from the government: inflation, with its highest quarterly gain in two years; home building, sharply down. That left some economists alarmed."
- Dan Rather opening the April 18 CBS Evening News.

"This country's economic expansion has now entered its seventh year and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress says still more growth can be expected. It warned, however, that this growth could be threatened by huge budget deficits and renewed inflation. But, the inflation news today is reassuring."
- Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News, same night.


Reagan Administration

"But don't you, don't you miss the Reagan Administration? I mean, that's an administration that so unintentionally did so many things that were laughable."
- Bryant Gumbel to cartoonist Jeff MacNelly on NBC's Today, April 20.


Linda Ellerbee

"The moment I read how Oliver North's lawyer had told the jury that Oliver North didn't want to be a hero, he just wanted to go home, suddenly I smiled, threw down my newspaper, jumped up from my chair and shouted, 'Pinocchio!' Oliver North reminded me of Pinocchio. You remember Pinocchio, the puppet whose nose grew every time he told a lie. Well, the same thing had been happening to Ollies' ears, they were getting bigger all the time."
- Ellerbee's CNN commentary, April 21.

"Oh, I see, you don't want to be a hero, you just want to go home. Yeah, you and every other puppet I ever saw. Okay, Ollie, you go home, we'll even give you a map to help you find your way. It's called the Constitution of the United States of America, this time try reading it before you shred it. You hear?"
- same commentary.


Valdez Oil Spill

"People have asked me if the Reagan era is over; I think those (oil-covered) otters might tell you, because according to what I understand, the Reagan era relaxed regulations to such an extent that we were able to have an oil spill like that."
- Roy Blount, Jr. on CBS This Morning, April 11.


Soviet Georgia

"Until last weekend, Soviet troops just looked on at the demonstrators. Then, over the weekend, they moved. They didn't shoot at the crowd."
- Bob Abernethy, NBC Nightly News, April 10.

"Today the Soviet Army opened fire on a pro-independence rally in Soviet Georgia. At least eighteen people have died in a week of unrest."
- Peter Jennings, World News Tonight, same night.


Unfounded Quote of the Month

"It is estimated that by the year 2000, 19 million Americans will be homeless unless something is done, and done now."
- Charles Osgood on CBS This Morning, April 19.


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