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THE BEST NOTABLE QUOTABLES OF 2001
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media
Research Center today announced the Best Notable
Quotables of 2001, the 14th Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst
Reporting. The winners were chosen by a panel of over 40 judges
including editorial writers, nationally syndicated columnists, radio
and television talk show hosts, editorial cartoonists and journalism
professors. Some of the winners include the following (full lists of
quotes and judges posted on The
Best Notable Quotables of 2001 page.
Swiss Press Corps Award for
Remaining Neutral in War Coverage: David Westin, President, ABC News.
“The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don’t
have an opinion on that, and it’s important I not have an opinion on
that as I sit here in my capacity right now. … I can say the
Pentagon got hit, I can say this is what their position is, this is
what our position is, but for me to take a position this was right or
wrong, I mean, that’s perhaps for me in my private life, perhaps
it’s for me dealing with my loved ones, perhaps it’s for my
minister at church. But as a journalist I feel strongly that’s
something that I should not be taking a position on. …”
– C-SPAN, 10/27/01.
Carve Clinton Into Mount Rushmore
Award: Former UPI White House Correspondent Helen Thomas.
“Throughout his eight years in office, President Clinton
warned us that the next great menace was international terrorism. …
He also brought unprecedented prosperity to our nation, and because of
that, President [Bush] can use the surplus Mr. Clinton left behind to
pay for many of the nation’s needs in this time of crisis. … This
lecture series is about the human spirit. To me and millions of
others, President Clinton has always personified that. He is the man
from Hope, and that is what he has given us, hope. We miss him. Thank
you Mr. President.”
– Introducing President Clinton at the Greater Washington Society of
Association Executives, C-SPAN, 10/9/01.
Pushing Bush to the Left Award: Newsweek
Correspondent Eleanor Clift.
“Arsenic in the water. Starting up the Cold War. Make as
much carbon dioxide as you like. Laugh about it. Bush has set himself
up as a huge target. And the arsenic is going to be the equivalent of
what your boss [Newt Gingrich] did with cutting school lunches.”
– To former Gingrich communications director Tony Blankley on the McLaughlin
Department of Injustice Award for
Denigrating John Ashcroft: Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor
“Well, you know, Attorney General is actually an important
job. Why can’t they buy off the right wing with unimportant jobs? I
mean, this is a sop, I assume, to buy off the wing nuts, but it’s
like giving, I mean, the Attorney General counts, it matters.”
– WUSA-TV’s (Washington, D.C.) Inside Washington, 12/23/00.
Politics of Meaninglessness Award
for the Silliest Analysis: CNN Founder Ted Turner.
“What are you, a bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be
working for Fox.”
– to CNN employees with ash marks on their foreheads in observance
of Ash Wednesday at anchor Bernard Shaw’s retirement party, as
reported by Fox’s Brit Hume, 3/6/01.
Picking the Lockbox Award for
Denouncing Bush’s Tax Cut: Newsweek’s Conventional Wisdom
column (anonymously authored).
“Adios, surplus. When retired boomers dine on dog food, will they
say thanks for that $600?”
– Assigning a “down” arrow to President Bush for his tax cut,
Good Morning Morons Award: CBS
News morning anchor Bryant Gumbel.
Bryant Gumbel: “At the risk of starting an argument, are you a
believer in global warming?”
Early Show Weatherman Mark McEwen: “Absolutely.”
Early Show co-host Jane Clayson: “Of course.”
Julie Chen: “Yeah.”
Gumbel: “So am I. … And you wonder what it’s gonna take. I mean,
is it gonna take some kind of a real catastrophe? I mean, does an
iceberg have to come floating down the Hudson before somebody stands
up and goes, ‘Oh yeah?’”
– Exchange on CBS Early Show, 4/18/01.
Damn Those Conservatives Award:
ABC’s Politically Incorrect Host Bill Maher.
Bill Maher: “I do think, if it turns out that this beautiful young
girl is gone, I think, and he [Gary Condit] is responsible in some
way, you have to look to Ken Starr for a little bit of guilt.”
Larry King: “Why?”
Maher: “Because, you know, Ken Starr made it so that you, in the old
days, you had an affair with somebody, and you know, okay, you had an
affair. The press didn’t report it. They didn’t make a political
criminal case of it. Now, it’s almost like you have to get rid of
– Exchange on CNN’s Larry King Live, 7/27/01.
Media Hero Award: ABC News Anchor
“What an exhilarating moment it must have been for her—the first
First Lady in history to be elected to public office. There, for all
the nay-sayers to see, was the woman who had finally come into her
own, free at last to be smart, outspoken, independent, and
provocative, all qualities she had been forced as First Lady, to
‘hide under a bushel.’ Still she was voted one of America’s most
admired women. Just wait. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
– End of “On My Mind” commentary, ABCNews.com, 1/7/01.
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