Best of NQ 1990 Contents
  Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award
  Kevin Phillips Tax Fairness Award
  Bring Back the Gas Lines Award
  Damn Those Conservatives Award
  Paul Ehrlich Ecological Panic Award

Good Morning Morons Award

  Most Honest Confession Award
  Gorbasm Award
  Thurgood Marshall Judicial Reporting Award
  Jim Florio Tax Advocacy Award
  Media Hero Award/Abroad
  Media Hero Award/At Home
  Dewey Defeats Truman Award
  The Real Reagan Legacy Award
  Which Way Is It? Domestic Affairs
  Joe Isuzu Foreign Correspondent Award
  Gennadi Gerasimov Newspeak Award
  Which Way Is It? Foreign Affairs
  Award for the Silliest Analysis
  Nothing To Do With the Media, But We Couldn't Resist
  Quote of the Year
  1990 Award Judges

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The Best Notable Quotables of 1990:

The Linda Ellerbee Awards
For Distinguished Reporting

Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award

First Place

"This is Marlboro country, southeastern Poland, a place where the transition from communism to capitalism is making more people more miserable every day....No lines at the shops now, but plenty at some of the first unemployment centers in a part of the world where socialism used to guarantee everybody a job."
-- CBS News reporter Bert Quint on the April 11 CBS Evening News.

"Communism is being swept away, but so too is the social safety net it provided....Factories, previously kept alive only by edicts from Warsaw, are closing their doors, while institutions new to the East, soup kitchens and unemployment centers are opening theirs...Here are the ones who may profit from Poland's economic freedom. A few slick locals, but mostly Americans, Japanese, and other foreigners out to cash in on a new source of cheap labor."
-- Reporter Bert Quint on CBS This Morning, May 9.

"These refugees have been told little about the realities of life in the West, including the fact that some people sleep on the street...They will soon learn that jobs are hard to find, consumer goods expensive, relatives in Albania will be missed. Many refugees, according to experts, will suffer from depression, and in some cases, drug abuse."
-- ABC's Mike Lee on what's facing fleeing Albanians, July 14 World News Tonight.


Kevin Phillips Tax Fairness Award

First Place

"[C]ountless liberal analysts over the last five years have documented time and again how Reaganomics delivered a feast to the greedheads and starvation to the poor....[The Gilded Age and The Roaring Twenties] were marked by the same kinds of excesses as the 1980s -- gross concentrations of wealth in the hands of a tiny privileged elite, achieved primarily by deliberate Republican policies that left most Americans behind while debt, greed, and conspicuous consumption soared out of control."
-- Robert Rankin, national economics correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers, in the July 22 Philadelphia Inquirer.

"For ten years Ronald Reagan taught us there was a free lunch. Folks, he said, we're going to cut your taxes and we're going to spend like there's no tomorrow and you don't have to pay for it. Folks, we're now paying for it and it's bitter medicine....we're going to have to raise taxes to get some sort of fairness here....For ten years the great wizard sold us that idea, that we could grow our way out of the deficits and we bought it, and we didn't."
-- Sam Donaldson on This Week with David Brinkley, October 7.

"The tax package hammered out last weekend continues a Washington policy established in the Reagan era: It takes a heavy bite out of the paychecks of working-class Americans."
-- Beginning of front page story by Boston Globe reporter Charles Stein, October 2.


Bring Back the Gas Lines Award

First Place

"We have allowed this country to be held hostage by an industry that produces a product vital to our national interests. This makes about as much sense as having the military services or the nation's water supply controlled by private corporations....In the long run, what would make the most sense would be to nationalize the oil industry to protect the economy."
-- Washington Post columnist Judy Mann, August 8.


"The hottest new proposal was a broad-based tax on sources of energy -- gasoline, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. In all, it would raise about $20 billion. Everybody seemed to agree it was a good idea except, of course, the transportation lobby."
-- Unbylined box in Newsweek, July 16.



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