Reviling Ronald Reagan
“In the plague years of the 1980s — that low decade of denial,
indifference, hostility, opportunism and idiocy — government fiddled
and medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A
gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously
than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn’t need the
ghettos and he didn’t want the gays.”
— CBS’s John Leonard on Sunday Morning, September 5, 1993.
Damn Those Conservatives
“Corporations pay public relations firms millions of dollars to
contrive the kind of grass-roots response that Falwell or Pat
Robertson can galvanize in a televised sermon. Their followers are
largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.”
— Washington Post reporter Michael Weisskopf in a February
1, 1993 news story.
Typical Liberal Compassion
“I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early
like many black men do, of heart disease....He is an absolutely
— USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host
Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4, 1994 PBS’s
To the Contrary.
Fawning Over Bill & Hillary
“If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham
Clinton have been in the White House, we’d take it right now and
walk away winners....Tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we’re
pulling for her.”
— Dan Rather to Bill Clinton at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates
meeting, talking about anchoring with Connie Chung.
Three Cheers for Liberalism
“It is liberalism, whether people like it or not, which has animated
all the years of my life. What on Earth did conservatism ever
accomplish for our country?”
— Charles Kuralt talking with Morley Safer on the CBS special,
One for the Road with Charles Kuralt, May 4, 1994.
Talk Radio Terrorists
“The bombing in Oklahoma City has focused renewed attention on the
rhetoric that’s been coming from the right and those who cater to
angry white men....Right-wing talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh,
Bob Grant, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, and others
take to the air every day with basically the same format: detail a
problem, blame the government or a group, and invite invective from
like-minded people....Never do most of the radio hosts encourage
outright violence, but the extent to which their attitudes may
embolden or encourage some extremists has clearly become an issue.”
— Today’s Bryant Gumbel, April 25, 1995.
Dan’s Salute to “Honest” Bill
Host Bill O’Reilly: “Do you think President Clinton’s an honest
Dan Rather: “Yes, I think he’s an honest man....I think you can be
an honest person and lie about any number of things.”
— Exchange on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor, May 15, 2001.
Extolling Virtues of Fidel’s Prison
“For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone
were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on
Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent.”
— Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20, October 11, 2002.
Apologizing for Awful America
“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. You weren’t supposed to be
graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign
land. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where we
are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it’s the
rights of immigrants to start a new life, or the rights of gays to
marry, or the rights of women to choose. You weren’t supposed to be
graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and
environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You
weren’t. But you are. And for that, I’m sorry.”
— From New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s
May 21 graduation address at the State University of New York at New
Paltz, shown on C-SPAN May 27, 2006.
Rosie vs. “Radical Christianity”
“As a result of the [9/11] attack and the killing of nearly 3,000
innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people
in their countries....Radical Christianity is just as threatening as
radical Islam in a country like America.”
— Rosie O’Donnell on ABC’s The View, September 12, 2006.
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