Reporter Carl Quintanilla: "[Left-wing activist Cindy] Sheehan, say
some historians, may be evolving as an icon in the war’s turning point, if
this is one. For three weeks, she’s dominated headlines, mobilized
protesters, both with and without relatives in Iraq."
Cindy Sheehan: "They don’t have what I like to call skin in the game,
but we are all affected."
Quintanilla: "Making it safe, her supporters say, to voice doubts
about the war, just as Walter Cronkite did on the Evening News in
1968....Historians say we won’t know Cindy Sheehan’s place in the war until
the war itself is history."
— NBC Nightly News, August 25. 
What Liberal Media?
"I’m going out telling the story that I
think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become
a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an
ideological press that’s interested in the election of Republicans, and a
mainstream press that’s interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don’t
have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."
— Bill Moyers, who retired in December 2004 from the PBS show Now,
as quoted by AP television writer Frazier Moore in a December 10, 2004
dispatch. [108 points]
Host Chris Matthews: "What do you think of this guy [ex-Talon News
reporter Jeff Gannon/James Guckert]? You’re a real reporter. What do you
think of this guy who says he’s a, he operates under a different name. He’s
a blogger, I guess...."
Weekly Standard senior writer Stephen Hayes: "Look, at
the end of the day, if we’re worried about too many conservatives in the
White House press briefing room, this is a discussion that’s not, that’s not
going to resonate with the American public."
Matthews: "You think it’s mostly packed with liberals? Are you saying
most of those people who are paid to be journalists in that room are
lib-labs, they’re liberals?"
Hayes: "Yes, of course....I don’t think there’s any — is there a
debate about that?"
Matthews: "Well, there’s Helen Thomas, who I would call liberal. But
who else is in there? Seriously. There are a lot of straight reporters in
Time’s Margaret Carlson: "I think they’re mostly
straight reporters. And I don’t think you can keep your job
otherwise....Elisabeth Bumiller reports for the New York Times, which
has a liberal editorial page, but she plays it straight down the middle."
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Hardball, February 25.
"One way a reporter in this country should be judged is how well he or
she stands up to the pressure to intimidate. I remember the first time
someone accused me of being an ‘N-lover.’ There was a lot of that during the
‘60s when I covered the civil rights movement. Then you move forward from
civil rights into the Vietnam War....’We’re going to hang a sign around you
which calls you some bad name: anti-military, anti-American, anti-war.’
Then, when Watergate came into being....was the first time I began to hear
this word ‘liberal’ as an epithet thrown my way....People who have very
strong biases of their own, they come at you with a story: ‘If you won’t
report it the way I want it reported, then you’re biased.’ Now, it is true
about me, for better or for worse, if you want to see my neck swell, you
just try to tell me where to line up or what to think and mostly what to
— Dan Rather near the end of his CBS News special, Dan Rather: A
Reporter Remembers, which aired on his last night as CBS Evening News
anchor, March 9. 
"The elephant in the newsroom is our narrowness. Too often, we wear
liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and
opinions....We’re not very subtle about it at this paper: If you work here,
you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I’ve
been in communal gatherings in The Post, watching election returns,
and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the
— Washington Post "Book World" editor Marie Arana in a September
29 contribution to the Post’s "daily in-house electronic critiques,"
as quoted by Post media reporter Howard Kurtz in an October 3
Host Hugh Hewitt: "Are there members of the White House press corps,
Terry, who actually hate Bush?"
ABC White House correspondent Terry Moran: "I would say the answer to
that is yes."
Hewitt: "And what percentage of them, do you think that amounts to?"
Moran: "Uh, small, I would say, but some big fish."
Hewitt: "What’s your guess about the percentage of the White House
press corps that voted for Kerry?"
Moran: "Oh, very high. Very, very high."
Hewitt: "95 percent?"
Moran: "No, I don’t think that high....Upwards of 70 [percent], maybe
higher....I would say very, very high...."
— Exchange on the May 18 Hugh Hewitt Show, a nationally-syndicated
weekday radio program.