Whipping Black Conservatives; Notable Quotables: Praising Hillary
1) Washington Post reporter
Lonnae O'Neil Parker attacked black conservatives as racial betrayers.
2) August 9 Notable Quotables.
Headings include: "Hillary, Frank and Candid?"; "ABC's
Shill-Filled Showcase"; "Stop That Stupid Tax Cut";
"Nike's Evil Empire" and "Colin Powell, Gun Nut."
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-- ABC's inspirational look at Cassie Bernall, a student killed at
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-- Al Roker, earlier this when NBC was holding its Juanita Broaddrick
interview, being embarrassed by a person outside the Today studio holding
a sign proclaiming "NBC Supports Rape."
-- Time magazine's Elaine Shannon rationalizing the Unabomber in 1996,
saying "he wasn't a hypocrite, he lived as he wrote....he had a bike.
He didn't have any plumbing."
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Post reporter Lonnae O'Neil Parker attacked black conservatives as racial
betrayers in a Sunday Style section piece on race. Parker declared:
"Ultimately, race is political. And I am a partisan." To
demonstrate her partisanship, Parker tells of watching the miniseries
"Roots" with her cousin Kim:
"There is a scene where kidnapped
African Kunta Kinte won't settle down in his chains. 'Want me to give him
a stripe or two, boss?' the old slave, Fiddler, asks his Master Reynolds.
'Do as I say, Fiddler,' Reynolds answers. 'That's all I expect from any of
my niggers.' 'Oh, I love you, Massa Reynolds,' Fiddler tells him. And
instantly, my mind draws political parallels. Ward Connerly, I
think to myself. Armstrong Williams. Shelby Steele.
Hyperbole, some might say. I say dead-on. 'Clarence Thomas,' I say to my
Cousin Kim. And she just stares at me. She may be a little tender yet for
racial metaphors. I see them everywhere."
Go to the Washington Post web site to read
the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-08/08/071l-080899-idx.html
The August 9 edition of Notable Quotables, the MRC's bi-weekly
compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the
Hillary, Frank and Candid?
"Frank talk from the First Lady....In
a move that some Washington insiders say may hurt her chances at a Senate
run, First Lady Hillary Clinton has talked at length, and with
considerable candor, about her relationship with the President and why she
has stayed the course with their marriage. As Sharyl Attkisson reports,
the First Lady's words paint a picture of a man who couldn't help himself
and a woman who wouldn't give up."
-- CBS Evening News anchor John Roberts opening the August 1 broadcast.
ABC's Shill-Filled Showcase
"I think all of this is probably
speculation on her part, but I think this is the narrative by which she
has lived with this marriage, which is quite wonderful in its, you know,
in its interdependence of conversation, of ideas, of excitement, of
chemistry, sexual chemistry."
-- Lucinda Franks, who conducted the Talk magazine interview of Hillary
Clinton, August 2 Good Morning America on ABC.
Host Diane Sawyer: "I'm curious, Tina, as an editor,
when you were reading through it, what was it, what was the single
revelation, I guess, that most surprised you about her?"
Talk Magazine Editor Tina Brown: "I think the
revelation of the piece, really, is the depth and deeply powerful bond
these two people have....What you feel is this is a couple who share the
passion for the world, for doing good for politics, for making life better
for other people. This is their great bond, and it really has brought them
together with almost a sort of spiritual intensity."
Franks: "And you can see this, and people who are
close to them see this kind of chemistry. I mean, it's a real love."
-- Same interview.
Neither Party is Socialist Enough
"You mentioned the Patients' Bill of
Rights. It seems like that was an argument by both parties over providing
more for people who already are lucky enough to have health insurance. And
in fact, neither party dealt with some very fundamental issues that
energized you and the First Lady five and six years ago. The question is:
With such a robust economy and the budget surpluses, if not now, when? And
if not you, who would provide the leadership to provide for those
-- Los Angeles Times Washington bureau reporter Ed Chen to Clinton at a
July 21 presidential press conference.
Stop That Stupid Tax Cut
"The vocabulary has changed so that
tax cuts now look like irresponsible spending and spending on investments
and education and Medicare looks like the responsible thing to do because
if I get $100 back, I can't go fix a school or clean a river, and people
are more interested in these things than they are in the tax cut, and the
poll numbers, you know, don't explain this. I mean the only thing that
could explain this love of tax cuts is a lowered IQ."
-- Time's Margaret Carlson on CNN's Capital Gang, July 24.
Host Gordon Peterson: "A package of nearly $800
billion in tax reductions that some Democrats described as irresponsible,
crazy, a boondoggle for the rich. How would you describe it, Evan?"
Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas: "I'm
with the Democrats on this one. I think they ought to take that surplus,
put a fence around it and keep it for the entitlement programs because
we're going to need it.....They are blowing a chance to make a [Medicare]
deal. This is the absolute prime moment when they ought to be doing reform
and instead they're talking about this stupid tax cut."
-- Exchange on the July 31 Inside Washington.
"But now the President is also calling for a tax cut. So tomorrow the
House may consider a Republican proposal to cut taxes by $800 billion over
ten years and possibly a Democratic alternative to cut taxes by less than
half that. So voters may well get a tax cut whether they want one or
-- ABC reporter Linda Douglass, July 20 World News Tonight.
"At 10 am E.T. last Thursday, nine of the nation's top conservative
economists stopped what they were doing, placed a call to the same
telephone number and spent the next 90 minutes debating how to save George
W. Bush from his own party."
-- Time reporter James Carney in an August 9 article titled "Bush's
Tax Tango: He wants to please rich Republicans and keep his pledge to be
compassionate. Can he pull it off?"
Now This Golden Oldie from '88...
"George Bush campaigned in a flag
factory during his 1988 presidential run against Michael Dukakis. Bush was
blasting Dukakis back then as a card-carrying member of the American Civil
Liberties Union. A faint echo of the late Joseph McCarthy's card-carrying
member of the Communist Party, but it seemed to help Bush."
-- Reporter Bruce Morton in a 4th of July retrospective on CNN's Late
Edition, July 4.
Nike's Evil Empire
"Quite simply, for many workers around
the world the oppression of the unchecked commissars has been replaced by
the oppression of the unregulated capitalists, who move their
manufacturing from country to country, constantly in search of those who
will work for the lowest wages and lowest standards. To some, the Nike
swoosh is now as scary as the hammer and sickle."
-- New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, July 30.
Gun Control Hopes
"The shots that rang out in the
Atlanta massacre were heard clearly by lawmakers on Capitol Hill today.
While it may have been loud enough to put gun control back in the
spotlight, CBS's Diana Olick reports it might not be enough to spark
-- CBS Evening News anchor John Roberts, July 30.
"My guess, in fact, is that the hour has come and gone -- that the
great majority of Americans are saying they favor gun control when they
really mean gun banishment...I think the country has long been ready to
restrict the use of guns, except for hunting rifles and shotguns, and now
I think we're prepared to get rid of the damned things entirely -- the
handguns, the semis and the automatics...I doubt that it will be 25 years
before we're rid of the things. In 10 years, even five, we could be
looking back on the past three decades of gun violence in America the way
one once looked back upon 18th century madhouses. I think we are already
doing so but not saying so."
-- Essayist Roger Rosenblatt, August 9 Time.
JFK Jr.: Media's "Sun
"The star power has diminished. John
Kennedy Jr. was the Sun God, the most charismatic of any of the Kennedy
children. So that will lower their wattage some, but there are enough
Kennedys out there making enough contributions that they will be part of
the life of this country well into the next century."
-- Newsweek's Jonathan Alter on the Kennedy family without John F. Kennedy
Jr., July 23 Dateline NBC.
"If Nixon symbolically represents Iago, constantly plotting revenge
on his enemies, then the Kennedys, first the father and now the son, are
the modern-day embodiments of Icarus. In their love for action and
adventure, in the charisma that effortlessly radiated from their every
gesture, the Kennedys will always represent the triumph and ultimate
tragedy of flying too near the sun."
-- USA Today "Hype & Glory" columnist Walter Shapiro, July
Teddy: Champion of the Little Guy
"The Kennedy legacy really endures:
Senator Kennedy has been in the United States Senate for 36 years, and the
baby boom generation -- my generation -- has a Lieutenant Governor in
Maryland, Congressman Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island, Joe Kennedy is
not in Congress now, but everyone in Massachusetts will tell you that
he'll probably be Governor of Massachusetts some day. So the legacy of
values and a significant achievement has endured."
-- CNN reporter Chris Black from Hyannisport on the July 20 Late
"If his private life is shaped by his love for children and
stepchildren, his public one is still shaped by his concern for the little
guy, the one who parks your car, rings the cash register at the
convenience store, catches the early bus. As he left town he was trying to
expand health care, and when he comes back from burying his nephew, he
will be fighting to raise the minimum wage."
-- Time columnist Margaret Carlson on Ted Kennedy, August 2.
"Yet his achievements as a Senator have towered over his time,
changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo
Kopechne....He deserves recognition not just as the leading Senator of his
time but also as one of the greats in the history of this singular
institution, wise in its workings, especially its demand that a Senator be
more than partisan to accomplish much."
-- Excerpt in the August 2 Time from a forthcoming biography of Ted
Kennedy by New York Times reporter Adam Clymer.
Colin Powell, Gun Nut
"And General Powell, one of the
aspects of the program that I think may get some attention is that there
is training in riflery, in marksmanship here. I understand they use .22
caliber rifles. At a time when we are so sensitive, it seems, to the
connection between young people and guns, do you think it's a good idea to
be putting them in contact with guns in high school?"
-- Today co-host Matt Lauer to Colin Powell in interview about expanding
ROTC in high schools, July 30.
...A Minute Here, A Minute There
Fred Barnes: "One of
the things I wondered about is, she said there were ten years in which he
was faithful. Now I don't know whether she meant ten consecutive years or
ten cumulative years, you know, a year here and a year there."
Brit Hume: "It could be an hour here, an hour
-- August 2 exchange on FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume about
Hillary's claim to Talk magazine about Bill Clinton. --
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