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November 13, 2000 (Vol. Thirteen; No. 23)
A bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous,
sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media.
                                                                                                                 Bringing Political Balance
                                                                                                                       to the Media



Let’s Press to Certify Gore
Let’s Press                                                         Empathizing with Gore, Not Bush




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“If it turns out that Al Gore wins the popular vote national-       “You’ve been part of an administration that one can argue




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ly, there will be intense pressure in this country to have          has presided over the greatest economic, sustained eco-




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him become the President. Most people think the guy with            nomic boom in the history of the country. But here you




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the most votes wins. Recounts are as much an art as a               are in the last week of the presidential campaign, in which




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science. You have experts, consultants, who go around               even by your own estimate you’re locked neck and neck




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the country doing recounts. If the recount came out on              with the other guy. Why is that?....But surely sometime at




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behalf of Bush and Bush had lost the popular vote nation-           night the two of you talking, you must have said, maybe




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ally, they would go to court, there’d be another recount. It        one to the other, ‘Why is this happening to us?’”



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would become endless. And the political pressure would              — Dan Rather to Al and Tipper Gore in taped interview

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mount very quickly to, to certify Al Gore as, as the winner.”       shown on the November 1 CBS Evening News.
— Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter on NBC, early morning               ○
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                                                                    “Let me read you a couple of quotes from the New York
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after election night, November 8.
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                                                                    Times and give you an opportunity to respond to their
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Gore Should Win Big                                                 view of the campaign. One, most of this is direct quote:
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                                                                    ‘Most citizens know that Vice President Gore wins in a
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“Why is this election so close? When you look at this ob-
                                                                    comparison with Mr. Bush on experience and knowl-
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jectively and as people looked at it six months ago, the
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                                                                    edge.’.... Let’s talk about your tax program. Do you agree or
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incumbent party dealt a very strong hand here. We have
                                                                    disagree with the premise that the tax cuts that you pro-
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full employment in the United States, we have unparalleled
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                                                                    posed, about 40 percent of them will go to the wealthiest
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prosperity in terms of wealth created, we have low interest
                                                                    one-and-a-half to two percent of the people in the country?”
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rates, we have low inflation, we have few perils to our na-
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                                                                    — Rather to George W. Bush, taped for the same show.
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tion overseas. So you were dealt a very strong hand com-
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ing into this election, and yet it’s still close. Why?”
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                                                                    No Compassion If GOP Wins
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— ABC’s Charles Gibson to Al Gore, November 6 Good
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Morning America.                                                    “He might not have this kind of atmosphere if you have a
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                                                                    Republican Senate and a Republican House of Representa-
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“We have a name candidate, viewed as better qualified               tives, because the Democrats would not have much of a
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and more experienced, better able to handle key issues,             voice at all, and there’s some concern that the ‘compas-
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linked with a period of unparalleled prosperity, against a          sionate conservative’ George Bush would suddenly be-
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governor with no national, no international experience.             come the ‘harsh conservative’ that has been characterized
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This would seem to be a mismatch, why is it still a tight           by some as the leadership of this Congress. Does this be-
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race?”                                                              come a much more conservative city on November 8th if
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— CBS’s Bryant Gumbel to Jack Kemp on The Early                     it’s an all-Republican city?”
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Show, November 7.                                                   — ABC’s Cokie Roberts to Sen. Trent Lott after Lott pre-
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                                                                    dicted a President Bush would not generate the current
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                                                                    “bad atmosphere,” October 29 This Week.
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Clinton, Genius of the Boom
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“The question that could well haunt Gore for years to come
                                                                    Speaking of Compassion...
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is why he chose to throw out the baby with the bath water.
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                                                                    Bob Novak, reading text of his “Outrage of the Week,” a
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Policies initiated in the Clinton White House helped to pro-
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duce the greatest economic boom in U.S. history. And there          Democratic phone call from a woman to Michigan voters:
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                                                                    “‘The air in Houston is so filthy that my two kids are fre-
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were notable successes in other areas as well, and in many of
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them Gore played an active and critical role. Should he lose,       quently not allowed to go outside for recess. Governor
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many Democrats would never forgive him for not running              Bush has accepted $1.3 million from corporate polluters,
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vigorously on the record he helped to build and for failing         and he’s allowed them to keep polluting while my kids suf-
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to draw a strong contrast between that record and the one           fer.’ That’s a smarmy and disgusting tactic for a campaign
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he and Bill Clinton inherited eight years ago.”                     for the nation’s highest office.”
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— From November 6 “Dan Rather’s Notebook” commen-                   Time’s Margaret Carlson: “I love that ad!”
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tary previewing post-election spin, posted on CBS.com.              — October 28 Capital Gang on CNN.
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Driving While Biased                                                             That’s
                                                                      Gore Lies? That’s So Harsh




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“He is not running for father of the year, he is running for          Diana Olick: “George W. Bush wrapped up his tour of the




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President of the United States, and when people apply for             West coast with some Halloween scare tactics in the form




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jobs in the government, it is incumbent upon them to dis-             of a new Republican attack ad.”




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close this kind of information.”                                      Clip of Bush ad on Social Security: “Remember when Al




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— Katie Couric to Bill Bennett, November 3 Today.




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                                                                      Gore said his mother-in-law’s prescription cost more than




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                                                                      his dog’s, his own aides said the story was made up. Now




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“And yet the Bush campaign has continuously labeled Vice




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                                                                      Al Gore is bending the truth again.”




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President Bush, Vice President Gore rather, in the past as            — October 31 CBS Evening News.




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deceptive, so why don’t you think this is legitimate fodder for




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the campaign given some of the bombshells that the Bush               “We just heard that ad which ends, ‘Really?’ about Vice




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camp has lobbed towards Vice President Gore?”




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                                                                      President Gore. Does that go too far for you?”




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— Couric to DNC Chairman Ed Rendell, same show.                       — Diane Sawyer to Jeb Bush, November 1 Good Morn-




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                                                                      ing America.




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“What about for the Democrats, Paul? I mean obviously




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                                                                                Too
                                                                      Media Far Too Nice to Bush




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they are going to be very careful at least, that is what




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Chairman Rendell said earlier on this program, but they




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                                                                      “Less than eight years after the national press lamented




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really don’t want to talk about this. But is it appropriate
                                                                      that Bill Clinton came to the presidency with too many un-




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fodder for the campaign and are they making a mistake by



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                                                                      resolved questions about him and his past, it could happen



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not bringing it up or not, you know, taking the ball and
                                                                      all over again if George W. Bush wins next Tuesday. On

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running with it just a bit?”
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                                                                      stories ranging from his failure to disclose his 24-year-old
— Couric to Paul Begala, same show.                               ○
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                                                                  ○   drunk driving record to substantive matters like the $1 tril-
                                                                      lion gap in his Social Security plan, an acquiescent press,
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“Do you think the Democrats need to carpe diem [seize                 perhaps feeling guilty about being duped by Bill Clinton, has
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the day] when it comes to this drunk driving business?”
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                                                                      let Governor Bush get away with entirely too much.”
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— Couric to Chris Matthews, same show.                                — “Outrage of the Campaign” from Al Hunt, Executive
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                                                                      Washington Editor of the Wall Street Journal, November
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“Governor Bush, as he said later in public, didn’t want his           4 Capital Gang on CNN.
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daughters to know it. The problem with that explanation is
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that it doesn’t quite pass the smell test. I mean, you were           “I don’t think there’s any question that George Bush has
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more worried about your daughters than the voters?”                   been held to a lower standard on veracity and capacity
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— George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America,                      than Gore has had to meet — throughout this campaign.
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November 3.                                                           And in that sense I think the press coverage has been more
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                                                                      favorable to Bush than it has been to Gore.”
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“That is a very poor excuse. I too am a parent, and frankly,          — Time’s Jack White, November 4 Inside Washington.
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if you want to make the case you shouldn’t drink and
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drive, that was a powerful bit of information that he                 Evan Thomas Raw
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should have divulged. Secondly, if we’re going to use that
                                                                      “I hope Robb wins.”
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as a good excuse, I don’t think President Clinton wanted
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                                                                      — Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas
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Chelsea Clinton to know what he was doing either.”                    on the Senate race between GOP’s George Allen and
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— Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, Nov. 4 McLaughlin Group.                  Democrat Chuck Robb, November 4 Inside Washington.
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Shoot! Where’s the Gun Ban?                                               Flight’s
                                                                      The Flight’s On Hold
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“No matter who’s elected, the prospects for any real                  “‘I don’t want any more Bush Presidents,’ the 75-year-old
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progress aren’t promising. Congress hasn’t even been able             [Pierre] Salinger writes in the new Georgetowner newspa-
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to nail down an agreement on the need for background                  per. ‘If Bush wins, I’m going to leave the country and
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checks at gun shows. Bush won’t force the issue. And                  spend the rest of my life in France.’”
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there’s little chance that Gore could wage a fight for gun            — Washington Post “The Reliable Source” columnists
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licensing during a first term, let alone get it passed.”              Lloyd Grove and Beth Berselli on the long-time ABC
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                                                                      News correspondent, November 3.
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— Matt Bai in Newsweek, November 6 issue.
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