MRC’s Notable Quotables: Media Race to Bury Perry After ‘Ridiculous’ Indictment

Now online: the August 25 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, journalists pronounce the blatantly partisan indictment of Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry a “blemish” that could “mar his legacy,” even as an MSNBC regular blasts it “the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my entire career.”

Also: an MSNBC contributor declares the shooting of Michael Brown evidence of America’s “war on black boys” that could metastasize into “genocide;” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell declares Al Sharpton’s foray into Ferguson is really a “peace mission;” and Rolling Stone prints this hilarity: “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.” Highlights are posted after the jump; the entire issue is posted online, with 21 quotes (six with video) at

Media Race to Bury Perry After “Ridiculous” Indictment

“The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback....The indictment could mar the legacy of Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, as his tenure nears an end.”
— The New York Times’s Manny Fernandez in an August 16 front-page article.

“Perry has vowed to stay in office until the end of his term, that’s January, but his indictment does raise another issue for Republicans. It’s another possible 2016 contender with a blemish on his resume.”
— NBC correspondent Peter Alexander on Today, August 18.


“This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen, I think, in my entire career. I hope some judge throws it out right away....It is ridiculous that he was indicted for this. Ridiculous.”
— MSNBC contributor and managing editor of Bloomberg Politics Mark Halperin on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, August 18.

Fretting How Obama Is “Stifled at Every Angle”

Host George Stephanopoulos: “It does seem as you look at the range of legislation over the last two, four years — no hope that anything is going to get done.”
New Yorker editor David Remnick: “No, I think he’s pretty stifled. It’s frustrating at times to see his projection of frustration. You want him to suck it up and keep going at it and leading and leading, but I think history is going to show that this presidency has been stifled at every angle.”
— ABC’s This Week, August 3.

No Diversity in Obama Opposition; Just “White Older People”

Host Chris Wallace: “Do you think that the Republican opposition to this President — you heard Hakeem Jeffries talk about hatred — is racial, or do you think it is based on principles and policies?”
Fox News analyst Juan Williams: “Well, all I can do is look at the numbers. If you look at the core constituency, the people who are in, let’s say, Tea Party opposition, support of impeachment, there’s no diversity. It’s a white, older group of people....The Republican Party has become almost a completely white party.”
— Exchange on Fox News Sunday, August 3.

Missouri Shooting = Prelude to a Racist “Genocide”

“There are people in this country who not only do not like African Americans, but they despise black men. There is a war on black boys in this country. In my opinion, there is a war on African-American men....It is an absolutely deplorable situation that the United States, which is supposed to be the greatest nation on Earth, sits back and allows black boys to be murdered....It’s going to turn into a genocide if it doesn’t stop.”
— MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard on Hardball, August 18.

MSNBC’s Resident Race-Baiter Actually on a “Peace Mission”

Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley: “At the same time, the same weekend that this went down in Ferguson, we had 26 shootings in Chicago, but Al Sharpton didn’t head to Chicago. He headed to St. Louis because he has an entirely different agenda, which is to continue to blame whites.”
Fill-in host Andrea Mitchell: “Just to say — well, that is actually not his agenda, because he’s actually there on a peace mission today.”
— Exchange on NBC’s Meet the Press, August 17.

Another Example of Liberal Compassion

“I hope Roger Ailes dies slow, painful, and soon. The evil that man has done to the American tapestry is unprecedented for an individual.”
— August 14 Twitter message posted by Alan Pyke, deputy economic policy editor for the far-left Think Progress blog, in reaction to the Fox News Channel’s coverage of the unrest in Ferguson.

Leave “Illegal Immigrants” Alone Unless They Do “Something Illegal”

Vanity Fair’s Mike Hogan: “Republicans are more likely to report illegal immigrants....Fifty-seven percent of Republicans said they would not report somebody living next door, 74 percent of Democrats. And I think Gayle in the green room said, ‘As long as they’re not doing anything illegal, you know, let them live-’”
Co-host Gayle King: “That’s right. That’s right.”
Hogan: “‘-leave them alone.’”
— Talking about a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll on CBS This Morning, August 4.

Hilarious: “Obama Never Had Reporters Eating Out of His Hand”

“I’m biased in that I think Obama is right about most things. I also believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President. Which is strange to say, because if you are a consumer of any kind of political news these days, the only impression you get is that the Obama presidency is on the verge of collapse, and that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t seem to care. It’s a complete disconnect, and it has everything to do with how the President is covered. No, Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege....”
— Writer Reid Cherlin, who served as an Assistant Press Secretary during President Obama’s first two years in office, in the August 14 edition of Rolling Stone.

Left-Wing MSNBC Is Really an “Extremely Conservative Idea”

“I think the reason that people say that the media is liberal is to preemptively prevent true liberalism [from] emerging. I think if you say, ‘Oh, the media is so liberal, and pro-homosexuals, and pro-lefties,’ then there is a kind of nervousness about promoting ideas of equality and unity and togetherness. The media is an extremely conservative institution. I’ve been on that MSNBC before, it is an extremely conservative idea.”
— Actor Russell Brand on The Young Turks, a left-wing YouTube show, August 19.

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Rich Noyes
Rich Noyes
Rich Noyes is the Senior Editor for Newsbusters