As printed in the
December 29, 2001 edition
Editorial in the Chattanooga
Times Free Press
evidence of liberal bias in the media is overwhelming. In case there remain
doubters, however, the Media Research Center
recently compiled some startling (or perhaps not so startling)
examples of that bias. The center has put out "The Best Notable Quotables
of 2001: The Fourteenth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting."
The list debunks the claim that the nation's elite journalists do not push
Here are a few choice morsels:
* "We all know that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom
fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word
terrorist....To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade
Center a terrorist attack." -- Steven Jukes, global head of news for
Reuters News Service
* "George W. Bush's rhetoric is very inclusive. He means to be
inclusive, and he's used very soft rhetoric in trying to reach out to
minorities. But...he hasn't talked about using the federal government to
broaden the safety net." -- Linda Douglass, ABC reporter
* "So you can look me in the eye and say that you are a president
committed to cleaning up the environment?" -- Matt Lauer of NBC in an
exchange with President Bush
* "Adios, surplus. When retired boomers dine on dog food, will they
say thanks for that $600?" -- From "Newsweek's" Conventional
Wisdom box, giving the president a "down" arrow on his tax cut
* "Liberals are going to miss him, he was so wonderfully odious.
Remember that old 'Time' magazine that had him on the cover with the dark
shadows under the eyes and he's this dark and menacing figure? And it was very
comforting to the East Coast media establishment to know that there was an
evil guy out there that you could really fear." -- Evan Thomas of
"Newsweek" on the retirement of Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
* "Well, from day one, she seemed completely inflexible, insisting on
the narrow letter of the law."
-- ABC's Diane Sawyer on Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris' role in
the 2000 presidential election
* "What do you think Senator Ashcroft's distortion of your record and
tarnishing of your good name says about his character?" -- CBS's Bryant
Gumbel to Ronnie White, Missouri Supreme Court judge.
* And who can forget Dan Rather's exchange with Bill O'Reilly on "The
Mr. O'Reilly: "I want to ask you flat out, do you think President
Clinton's an honest man?"
Mr. Rather: "Yes, I think he's an honest man...."
Mr. O'Reilly: "Even though he lied to Jim Lehrer's face about the
Mr. Rather: "Who among us has not lied about something?...I know that you
would consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you
can be an honest person and lie about any
number of things."