Liberal media's notable quotes
Rocky Mountain News
printed in the December 29, 2000 edition
Column by Mike Rosen
in the Rocky
Just out: the Media
Research Center's 13th annual awards for the most biased, manipulative or
downright goofy quotes uttered by liberals in the "mainstream" news
media. Once again, I'm honored to have served on MRC's distinguished panel of
conservatively biased judges. Herewith, highlights from among the winners and
runners-up of Best Notable Quotables of 2000:
- Aiding & Abetting in an Election Theft
"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, Nov. 8. Florida does not have a state income tax.
(Carlson later apologized.)
- I Am Woman Award (for Hillary Rodham
"It was hard in the summer of 1992 for a
young woman to stay objective and not become enchanted by the promise of
Hillary. I had spent my formative professional years undercover in the dark
age of Reagan-Bush. Those were the days when women were not allowed to wear
pants in the White House. Anita Hill had just been whomped. Anti-abortion
judges were packing the Supreme Court. And here was a woman who had kept her
own name! I'll be voting for her just to make sure Trent Lott doesn't get
another foot soldier for his holy war." — Former Time reporter
Nina Burleigh, who once said she would give Bill Clinton oral sex for
keeping abortion legal, in the Feb. 14 New York Observer.
- Flirting with Disaster Award (for Proximity
"How does that broaden the appeal of
the party? You're talking here tonight about being more inclusive, yet 59
percent of the people here describe themselves as conservative." —
Andrea Mitchell asking New York governor George Pataki about vice
presidential pick Dick Cheney during MSNBC's prime-time coverage of the
Republican Convention, July 31.
- Good Morning Morons Award
"Americans are working more and
getting less vacation time than people in any other industrialized nation
... I feel strange saying, I never stopped to think about the fact there
is no official U.S. policy on vacation time." — Today
co-host Matt Lauer to Escape magazine's Joe Robinson, a proponent
of mandated vacation, June 12.
- Special Juxtaposition Hypocrisy Award
"I had my opinions surgically removed
when I became a network correspondent." — CBS 60 Minutes
correspondent Lesley Stahl denying liberal bias on Fox News Channel's The
O'Reilly Factor, Jan. 25.
"But should you be using the national
airwaves to promote your opinions?" — Diane Sawyer to Fox News
Channel show host Bill O'Reilly, Oct. 10 Good Morning America.
- Damn Those Conservatives Award
"What a f——— idiot." —
Bryant Gumbel caught on camera after he threw the show to a weather
segment seconds after wrapping up a hostile interview with Robert Knight
of the Family Research Council, June 29 The Early Show.
- Quote of the Year
"Yup, I gotta confess, that now-famous
picture of a U.S. marshal in Miami pointing an automatic weapon toward
Donato Dalrymple and ordering him in the name of the U.S. government to
turn over Elian Gonzales warmed my heart. They should put that picture up
in every visa line in every U.S. consulate around the world, with a
caption that reads: 'America is a country where the rule of law rules.'
This picture illustrates what happens to those who defy the rule of law
and how far our government and people will go to preserve it. Come all ye
who understand that." — Thomas Friedman, former New York
Times reporter and occasional PBS Washington Week in
Review panelist, April 25, New York Times
If your stomach is strong enough to handle the
complete awards list, you can get it by calling (800) 672-1423, or by visiting
www.mediaresearch.org on the Web.
Mike Rosen's radio show airs daily from 9
a.m. to noon on 850 KOA.
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