The Best Notable Quotables of 1995:
The Eighth Annual Awards for the
Year’s Worst Reporting
Dumbest Quote of the Year
|"I think he ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."
-- National Public Radio and ABC News reporter Nina Totenberg reacting to Senator Jesse Helms' claim that the government spends too much on AIDS research, July 8
"A passionate and out-of-character defense of animals produced our Moment of the Week this week. It was Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives. In the midst of a week that saw close to $10 billion in proposed cuts, House Speaker Newt Gingrich suddenly rose in defense of a comparatively tiny $800,000. But the cause was apparently dear to him, preserving endangered animals....Humans, however, didn't fare that well: funding for the National Endowment for the Arts was voted out of existence in two years."
-- NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, July 15.
"This comes at a time when Republicans are looking to gut the Clean Water Act and also the Safe Drinking Water Act. What are our options? Are we now forced to boil water because bottled water is not an economically feasible option for a lot of people?"
-- Bryant Gumbel to Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer Erik Olson promoting a new NRDC study on the safety of drinking water, June 1
"The noises coming from [Rep. Sonny] Bono and many of his fellow Republican signers of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's `Contract with America' signal a radical shift in Congress's attitude toward environmental issues -- a shift that may bode ill for the health of snail darters, spotted owls, and even the human species."
-- Time reporter Dick Thompson in a February 27 story headlined "Congressional Chain-Saw Massacre: If Speaker Newt Gingrich gets his way, the laws protecting air, water and wildlife may be endangered."
"Still ahead, the latest round of bloodshed and violence at abortion clinics. The anti-abortion movement has been creeping to the edge of bloody fanaticism for a decade."
-- Jane Pauley, January 3 Dateline NBC.
1995 Award Judges:
Ray Archer, Arizona Republic editorial writer and columnist
Brent Baker, Editor of MediaWatch and Notable Quotables
Mark Belling, talk show host, WISN in Milwaukee
Neal Boortz, talk show host, WSB in Atlanta
L. Brent Bozell III, Chairman, the Media Research Center
David Brudnoy, WBZ Radio and TV commentator, Boston
Priscilla Buckley, Senior Editor of National Review
Don Cook, Program Director, WCHS in Charleston, WVa.
John Corry, American Spectator “Presswatch” columnist
Sandy Crawford, Editor of TV, etc.
Mark Davis, talk show host, WBAP in Dallas/Ft. Worth
Midge Decter, author and retired troublemaker
Jim Eason, talk show host, KGO in San Francisco
Barry Farber, syndicated radio talk show host
Don Feder, Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist
John Fund, editorial writer, The Wall Street Journal
Mark Gilman, talk show host, KKHT-FM in Houston
Tim Graham, Co-Editor of Notable Quotables
David Gold, talk show host, KLIF in Dallas
Johnny Hart, cartoonist, creator of B.C. and The Wizard of Id
Kirk Healy, talk show host, WDBO in Orlando
Arianna Huffington, Chair, Center for Effective Compassion
Marie Kaigler, independent journalist and broadcaster, Detroit
Cliff Kincaid, media columnist, Human Events
Paul Koloski, Editorial Editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tim Lamer, Editor of MediaNomics
John Leonard, TV interviewer, N. Ft. Myers, Florida
Jason Lewis, talk show host, KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul
G. Gordon Liddy, nationally syndicated radio personality
Tony Macrini, Program Director, WNIS in Norfolk
Marlin Maddoux, syndicated radio talk show host, USA Network
Patrick McGuigan, Editor, editorial page, Daily Oklahoman
Jan Mickelson, talk show host, WHO in Des Moines
Wes Minter, talk show host, WCCO in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Oliver North, husband, father, small businessman, talk show host
Robert D. Novak, syndicated columnist; TV commentator
Kate O'Beirne, Washington Editor for National Review
Marvin Olasky, Professor of journalism, U. of Texas at Austin
Henry Payne, editorial cartoonist, Scripps Howard Newspapers
Joseph Perkins, syndicated columnist, San Diego Union Tribine
Dan Pierce, talk show host, WGIR in Manchester, NH
Mike Pintek, talk show host, KDKA in Pittsburgh
Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, Executive Editor, American Spectator
Michael Reagan, host, the Michael Reagan Talk Show
Mike Rosen, talk show host, KOA; columnist, Denver Post
William Rusher, Distinguished Fellow, Claremont Institute
Ted J. Smith III, journalism professor, Virginia Commonwealth U.
Philip Terzian, syndicated columnist, The Providence Journal
Peter Wilkinson Thiele, TV producer, freelance writer, talk host
Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist; CNBC talk host
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Editor-in-Chief of The American Spectator
Carl Wiglesworth, talk show host, WOAI in San Antonio
Armstrong Williams, syndicated radio talk show host, columnist
Dick Williams, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist; author of
Newt: Leader of the Second American Revolution
Walter Williams, Professor of economics, George Mason U.
Thomas Winter, Editor of Human Events
Barry Young, host, WestStar TalkRadio Network; KFYI, Phoenix
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