Best of NQ 1989 Contents
  Award for the Silliest Analysis
  The Good News Is Bad News Award
  Which Way Is It? The Economy
  Blame America First Award
  Media Hero Award

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  Joe Isuzu Award
  Damn Those Conservatives Award
  Which Way Is It? American Politics
  Award For The Most Honest Confession
  The Real Ronald Reagan Award
  The Real Jimmy Carter Award
  The No Agenda Here Award
  Walter Mondale Award For Tax Hike Insistence
  Award For The Most Inane Comparison
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The Best Notable Quotables of 1989:

Award For The Most Honest Confession

First Place

"I read Mother Jones carefully and look forward to every issue. After all, stories that started out in Mother Jones have wound up on 60 Minutes." 
-- CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace as quoted in subscription letter for the far-left magazine.

"I predict historians are going to be totally baffled by how the American people fell in love with this man [Ronald Reagan] and followed him the way we did." 
-- CBS News White House reporter Lesley Stahl on NBC's Later with Bob Costas, January 11.


The Real Ronald Reagan Award

First Place

"In just seven weeks, the '80s will be behind us. It was a decade dominated, in politics and in style, by the Reagans....While the wealthy got most of the attention, those who needed it most were often ignored. More homeless, less spending on housing. The gap between the top and the bottom grew in the '80s....The AIDS crisis began in the '80s. Some say the decade's compassion gap made it worse." 
-- CBS This Morning co-host Kathleen Sullivan, November 13.

"Largely as a result of the policies and priorities of the Reagan Administration, more people are becoming poor and staying poor in this country than at any time since World War II." 
-- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, July 17.

"The Reagan Legacy: A Swelling Medical Underclass in a Land of Plenty"

"An unfortunate legacy of the Reagan revolution is a swelling medical underclass: alcoholics and drug addicts who deluge emergency rooms and fill prisons, AIDS babies and crack newborns in overwhelmed pediatric wards, homeless children with anemia, schizophrenics and other mental patients in shelters and jails and on the streets...While Ronald Reagan did not cause the medical underclass, his laissez-faire approach to social problems exacerbated the trend." 
-- Abigail Trafford, Editor of The Washington Post "Health" section, in a January 24 article under headline above.

"But analysts will also recognize that Ronald Reagan presided over a meltdown of the federal government during the last eight years. Fundamental management was abandoned in favor of rhetoric and imagery. A cynical disregard for the art of government led to wide-scale abuse. Only now are we coming to realize the cost of Mr. Reagan's laissez-faire: the crisis in the savings and loan industry, the scandal in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the deterioration of the nation's nuclear weapons facilities, the dangerous state of the air traffic control system -- not to mention the staggering deficit." 
-- CBS News reporter Terence Smith, in a November 5 New York Times op-ed.

"After eight years of what many saw as the Reagan Administration's benign neglect of the poor and studied indifference to civil rights, a lot of those who lived through this week in Overtown [rioting in a section of Miami] seemed to think the best thing about George Bush is that he is not Ronald Reagan....There is an Overtown in every big city in America. Pockets of misery made even meaner and more desperate the past eight years." 
-- Reporter Richard Threlkeld on ABC's World News Tonight, January 20.


The Real Jimmy Carter Award

First Place

"Perhaps the Democrat who best personifies this republic of virtue is former President Jimmy Carter. His reputation burnished by the elevated tone of his retirement, Carter would actually bring to the task energy, integrity and his legendary distaste for congressional business as usual. He could even boast a made-to-order campaign slogan: 'After the Wright stuff, why not the best?'" 
-- Time Senior Writer and former Carter Administration official Margaret Carlson recommending a new House Speaker, June 5 issue.


"While Reagan peddles his time and talents to the highest bidder and Gerald Ford perfects his putt and Richard Nixon struggles to gain a toehold in history, Carter, like some jazzed superhero, circles the globe at 30,000 ft., seeking opportunities to Do Good." 
-- Stanley Cloud, Time Washington Bureau Chief, September 11 issue.

"The person we have chosen this week [as "Person of the Week"] has continued his life with distinction, considerable grace, and with a very strong commitment to peace and justice...In the public's mind, the scales were never balanced. Carter's successes in foreign affairs, peace between Egypt and Israel, renewed respect for the United States in Latin America, have always been outweighed in the public mind by the hostage crisis." 
-- Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight, May 12.



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