Notable Quotables - 06/22/1992
Yet Another Reasonable and Thoughtful Environmental Analysis
tonight's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox was called
off when Chicago was blanketed with impenetrable smog....Meteorologist Yojio
Matsuma says the smog originated 1,000 miles away in the Saskatchewan prairie
fires, which have seared several thousand square miles since lightning storms
sparked an area left tinder-dry by a three-week heat wave and an unusually dry
spring....Meanwhile, the commissioner's office says it is not yet ready to
consider a resumption of day games, which were eliminated 15 years ago
following widespread increases in skin cancer and immune diseases due to the
depletion of the ozone layer."
- Reporter Ross Gelbspan's fake news story from 2030 in The Boston Globe's "Earth: Our Children's Peril" series, May 31.
"By many measures,
human activity since 1950 has damaged the planet more than in all previous
- Gelbspan, same story.
Doubting Yeltsin vs. Doubting Gorbachev
Doubt Cast on Yeltsin
POW Claim Aide Says Russian President Referred Only to 'Possibilities'
- Washington Post, June 18
Yeltsin: Gorbachev hid
- Washington Times, same day
Better Off Under Noriega?
"It seems to me
[for Bush] to go to Panama, which is hardly the site of a great American
victory - they were better off under Noriega!....This shows how hollow these
military victories are. I'd like to see a follow-up report on Panama. It's in
- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on McLaughlin Group, June 14.
CNN Shills for the U.N.
"The problems are
enormous and none of the solutions simple. But most are conscious that unless
there's action, the planet may solve the problem - by simply making it
impossible for people to live on it."
- CNN reporter Lucia Newman on Agenda Earth, June 3.
"After so many days
and nights of negotiations, delegates are clearing their desks for the big
finale. That will start Friday, when the heads of state all sit down to
compete to see who are the real environmentalists - and how much they're
willing to pay to prove it."
- Newman, June 10 Agenda Earth.
Two CBS Views on Quayle
"If you want to see
the problem, visit a housing project called Clifton Terrace. It's only about a
ten-minute drive from your house. You could talk to, say, a 15-year-old mother
of two who doesn't want her kids; wants instead to be a child herself, and
play with a doll. She might have been helped by a good sex education course,
by readily available condoms, maybe even an abortion. Your administration
disapproves of those."
- CBS political reporter Bruce Morton lecturing Quayle in a CBS Evening News commentary, June 13.
"Over and over the
anchors made the point that Murphy Brown's a fictional character - as if
that's really an issue. Do you think for a moment that if some TV character
started saying vicious, ugly things about blacks, would anyone say, `Hey, it's
only fiction?'....We in the press like to say we're honest brokers of
information, and it's just not true. The press does have an agenda."
- CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg in TV Guide, June 13.
Loving Jackson, Hating Buchanan
"One wonders why
the media finds it so difficult that this man has a role to play....He has
been dealing with the task of securing jobs and education for inner-city youth
since at least 1971, when he founded Operation PUSH. No one has been more
prescient in warning of the tinderbox of ghetto America. And like it or not,
people who do not listen to anyone else listen to Jackson. So listen."
- Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Scheer, May 15.
"Buchanan, like his
role model David Duke, is the kind of phony populist who ignores the
moneygrubbing of the rich while focusing his wrath on welfare
recipients....Pit the employed worker against the welfare recipient, even
though the former can easily become the latter, thanks to Reaganomics."
- Scheer in his "Reporter's Notebook" column in the July Playboy.
Howling at Reality
statements are revisionist howlers: `The Reagan Administration left the
American welfare state pretty much untouched.'"
- Boston Globe reporter Renee Loth reviewing R. Emmett Tyrrell's book The Conservative Crack-Up, May 29.
Feudal Property Rights
"The acceptance of
the enlightened view that man does not own nature, that common ecological or
even aesthetic values supersede feudal notions of property rights, is one
accomplishment that the 20th-century conservation movement can justly claim to
- U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Stephen Budiansky, June 22.
Bush at Rio: Animal Killer, Grinch, Scrooge?
environmentalists say that George Bush, the self-proclaimed `environmental
President,' should be called the extinction President."
- CNN reporter Jill Dougherty, May 30 World News.
"When Bush shows up
this week for a 40-hour appearance, even many of America's allies are going to
greet him as the Grinch who stole the eco-summit."
- Newsweek reporter Sharon Begley, June 15.
contrast, found itself in the role of cranky Uncle Scrooge."
- Begley, June 22.
Sam Still Loves Mario
"What are they [the Democrats] going to do? First of all, they don't have
another candidate. There's not somebody out there waiting in the wings, who's
a wonderful candidate waiting to run."
Sam Donaldson: "Mario Cuomo!...I'm going to go down with the ship!"
- Exchange on ABC's This Week with David Brinkley, May 31.
Another Media Democrat
"I am a Democrat
and long for a Democratic administration."
- Retired 25-year CBS News producer Edward Bliss, Jr. in The Quill, June 1992.
Ted Says Cut the Fat
"More is not always
better. We're moving into an era when the less we use, the better off we will
be. Is a 400-pound wife better than a 130-pound wife?....If only one third of
the money we spent on the Cold War could have been spent differently, we could
have had decent housing, health care, and education for all Americans."
- From Ted Turner's commencement address at the University of Denver, quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, June 7. (Thanks to Bob Enyart.)
- 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
- Joe Busher, Cameron Humphries, Mario Lopez; Interns