Best of NQ 2000 Contents
  Aiding & Abetting in an Election Theft Award
  Kiss Me, Too, Al Award
  Kosher Kiss-Up Award
  I Am Woman Award
  Carve Clinton Into Mount Rushmore Award
  Media Hero Award
  The Real Reagan Legacy Award
  Flirting with Disaster Award
  The Galloping Ghost of Gingrich Award
  W is for Woeful Award
  If He Didn't Sink, Send Him Back to the Clink Award
  Little Havana Banana Republic Award
  Semper Fidel Award
  Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award
  Damn Those Conservatives Award
  Good Morning Morons Award
  Politics of Meaninglessness Award
  Too Late for the Ballot
  Quote of the Year
  2000 Award Judges
  Press Coverage

Publications & Analysis
  30-Day Archive
  Media Reality Check
  Notable Quotables
Media Bias Videos
Bozell Columns
MRC Divisions
  Free Market Project
MRC Information
  About the MRC
  MRC in the News
  Support the MRC
  MRC Bookstore
  What Others Say
  Site Search
  Media Addresses
Contact the MRC
Planned Giving


Free RealPlayer plug-in required to watch video clips.

Get Acrobat

Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software required to view PDF files.



The Best Notable Quotables of 2000:

The Thirteenth Annual Awards for the
Year’s Worst Reporting

Aiding & Abetting in an Election Theft Award

First Place

Imus in the Morning "Here we will have possibly a bunch of tax dodgers deciding the election."
-- Time’s Margaret Carlson on Florida absentee ballots from military personnel, on MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, November 8. Florida does not have an income tax. (Carlson later apologized) [64 points]


"If it turns out that Al Gore wins the popular vote nationally, there will be intense pressure in this country to have him become the President. Most people think the guy with the most votes wins. Recounts are as much an art as a science. You have experts, consultants, who go around the country doing recounts. If the recount came out on behalf of Bush and Bush had lost the popular vote nationally they would go to court, there’d be another recount. It would become endless. And the political pressure would mount very quickly to, to certify Al Gore as, as the winner. Especially since you have a potential conflict of interest here with the Governor of the state that is handling the recount being the brother of Governor Bush."
-- Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter on NBC in the early morning hours after election night, November 8. [50]

Matt Lauer

"Secretary of State Katherine Harris in Florida. As you know she’s a Republican, a Bush supporter. Warren Christopher said yesterday that her, her decision on this five o’clock deadline has the look of trying to produce a certain result in the election. Do you think, and to use a rather crude term, that her decision does not pass the smell test?"
-- Matt Lauer to Gore campaign’s Bill Daley, Nov. 14. [35]

George Stephanopoulos





"There is no question, or very little question, that Al Gore won the votes cast in the state of Florida. The question is: Will he win the votes counted? Look at the statistics. In the rest of the state of Palm Beach County [that’s what he said, strike "of Palm Beach County" to make sentence accurate] Buchanan was strongest in the precincts where Bush was strongest. In Palm Beach he was strongest where Gore was strongest because they were right next to each other on the ballot. Even more important, in the rest of the state Buchanan got the same percentage of votes on the ballots as he did in absentees, in Palm Beach County he got four times more votes on this butterfly ballot than he did on absentees. Listen, if this race is counted fairly, Al Gore won more votes in Florida."
-- ABC analyst and reporter George Stephanopoulos on This Week, November 12. [34]
Al Hunt


"There’s an equal number of Americans right now who worry that they’re being cheated on the other side and to suggest that one side is culpable here and not the other. There is no difference between what Bill Daley said and what Jim Baker said. Both have declared an end to this election before the process is finished. And Karl Rove is going out lying about various things and somehow that’s acceptable. I’m sorry, you cannot say there’s a difference in behavior here."
-- Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt on CNN’s Capital Gang, November 11. [26]


Kiss Me, Too, Al Award (for Gore Gushing)

First Place

Ted Koppel

"At the same time, he will have to find a way to disassociate himself from the President’s extremely low personal approval ratings. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Al Gore has been perhaps the most active Vice President in American history, and there’s not a hint of scandal associated with Gore’s personal behavior. So much for logic."
-- ABC Nightline host Ted Koppel previewing Al Gore’s convention address, August 14. [44 points]
"Let’s talk about what they are now calling, Mr. Vice President, ‘The Kiss’. You heard about ‘The Catch’ in that football game, this is ‘The Kiss.’ You really planted one on Mrs. Gore at the beginning of your speech there. What were you thinking?"
"Were you trying to tell the American people that you’re really a kind of emotional guy?"
"Well, after watching that kiss I know how you survived 30 years, Mr. Vice President. Way to go! It’s nice talking to you."
-- NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer to Al Gore, August 21. [39]

Matt Lauer
"You’ve spent a quarter century in public service and have worked on a lot of these issues, obviously have mastered a lot of the details of them. When you look across the stage, are you frustrated at all?"
-- ABC’s Terry Moran to Al Gore after the third debate, October 18 Good Morning America. [36]

Chip Reid



"This one [Winnie Skinner] was spontaneous and wow, is it resonating. It was a very powerful moment in that room and if you thought Tipper got the kiss treatment from the Vice President at the convention, she got five from the Vice President! And it wasn’t just political. I think most of us in the room thought that he and the entire room really were moved by her very compelling story. There have been a lot of people we’ve seen out there who really struggle to pay for their prescription drugs, but her story really resonates."
-- NBC’s Chip Reid describing the woman who claimed she had to collect cans to pay for medicine, September 27 The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC. [36]


Kosher Kiss-Up Award (for Lauding Lieberman)

First Place

Dan Rather


"Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore officially introduced his history-making running mate today, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. History-making because Lieberman is of Jewish heritage and faith. The two started running right away. In their first joint appearance they gave a preview of the Gore-Lieberman fight-back, come-back strategy. Their message: They represent the future, not the past, and they are the ticket of high moral standards most in tune with real mainstream America."
-- Dan Rather introducing the Gore-Lieberman ticket, August 8 CBS Evening News. [62 points]


Claire Shipman

"Labor might not be happy. He is a conservative Democrat and they probably don’t agree with everything he supports, but, you know, Gore is a pretty conservative Democrat."

-- NBC’s Claire Shipman on MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, August 7. [60]


Bill Schneider

"Lieberman is a true centrist, a moderate who can build coalitions. You know how the Republicans in Philadelphia kept trying to show how moderate they were? Well, this trumps anything the Republicans had to say."
-- CNN analyst Bill Schneider, August 7 Inside Politics. [60]

Tom Brokaw



"Today Joe Lieberman had to go before the Black Caucus because there were members of that caucus, the Congressional Caucus, who had some reservations about his social conservatism. Did he persuade you and the others that he’s the right kind of vice presidential running mate for this ticket?"
-- Tom Brokaw to U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. during MSNBC’s Democratic convention coverage, August 15. [31]

Reality Check:
Lieberman’s 1999 ratings. Americans for Democratic Action: 95 percent; American Conservative Union: 0 percent; National Taxpayers Union: 8 percent.




View the 8-page printed version of this newsletter in
Adobe Acrobat PDF

[Free RealPlayer plug-in required to watch video clips]

[Free Adobe Acrobat Reader software required to view PDF version.]



Home | News Division | Bozell Columns | CyberAlerts 
Media Reality Check | Notable Quotables | Contact the MRC | Subscribe

Founded in 1987, the MRC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit research and education foundation
 that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office.

Privacy Statement

Media Research Center
325 S. Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314