Notable Quotables is the Media Research Center’s compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media. Full editions before March of 2016 are posted on MRC.org (archive).
At year-end, a panel of three dozen leading conservative media observers serve as judges to select “The Best Notable Quotables: Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.” As posted on NewsBusters. Full archive back to 1988 on MRC.org.
For posts on NewsBusters about the MRC’s annual DisHonors Awards and Gala.
The obits delivered by liberal reporters of Fidel Castro should have focused on the horrors of Castro’s Cuba, and while they mentioned his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and his human rights violations, many in the media had the audacity to temper his atrocities with praise of his communist ways. NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell recited the stale propaganda about how “he dramatically improved health care and literacy,” while ABC News correspondent Jim Avila called him the “George Washington of his country.” Disgraced former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams even went as far to say the Cuban people were quite happy with Third World living conditions: “It’s still one of those nations where you see donkey carts alongside cars...because that’s exactly what they’d rather have for transportation.”
The following is a collection of the worst of the liberal media’s eulogies of the Cuban dictator:
In this November 21 edition of Notable Quotables, The media throw a collective fit over the election of Donald Trump. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moans: “This is a different Earth today than it was 24 hours ago.” CNN’s Van Jones declares Trump’s victory was a “white-lash” against Barack Obama and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman compares Trump’s victory to 9/11.
In the November 7 edition of Notable Quotables: The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank blasts that Donald Trump has “threatened democracy” and therefore any sort of press “neutrality” on the GOP nominee would be legitimizing “the illegitimate.” NBC’s Chuck Todd and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos get put on the defensive by Trump and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Also in this issue: a freelance reporter for the Los Angeles Times actually wishes death on Trump while The View’s Joy Behar gushes everyone is going to like “Mommy” Hillary once she’s elected.
In the October 24 edition of Notable Quotables: CNN host Brian Stelter reports on a North Carolina Republican headquarters being firebombed and wonders if Donald Trump is to blame. NBC News’s Kristen Welker claims the media would be spending more time on Hillary Clinton’s scandals but Trump’s “unforced errors” keep getting in the way. Also in this issue Chris Matthews is transfixed by Hillary Clinton’s “beautiful voice.” And pop singer Madonna makes an offer to voters that Bill Clinton would appreciate.
In the October 10 edition of Notable Quotables Bloomberg TV host Donny Deutsch proclaims that Hillary Clinton “does not lie” and Keith Olbermann returns from a long absence to denounce Donald Trump as “a fascist who wants to end this democracy.”
Also making a return is incoming CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley who brings her bias to a CBS primetime drama. And over on HBO, host Bill Maher compares Trump’s sons to Uday and Qusay Hussein. The complete issue, with 21 quotes, is posted below (or view the printer-friendly PDF version).
In the September 26 edition: top newspapers want reporters to go easy on Hillary Clinton in order to save the country from the “dangerous” Donald Trump, as a New York Times columnist confesses her liberal friends want the media to give Hillary “a total free pass.” Also: CBS tweaks a video to hide Bill Clinton saying his wife has “frequently” had episodes similiar to her 9/11 collapse; CNN creates a false quote of Trump proposing “racial profiling” and then attacks him for it; and Andrea Mitchell frets that the terrorist attack in New York City will knock Hillary “off message.”
In the September 12 edition of Notable Quotables: NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell declared questions about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy judgement are no longer “on the table," while CNN’s Van Jones concluded “when you look at the fact checkers” Clinton is "one of the most honest politicians in America.”
At the same time, Donald Trump’s slogan “Making America Great Again” is deemed to be racist code language. Also, journalists rush to defend San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the National Anthem and the passing of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly exposes the ugliness on the left.
In the August 29 edition of Notable Quotables: Journalists fret about presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton being victimized by a sexist double standard, while reporters find it admirable that President Obama took a principled stand in favor of his vacation instead of visiting flood-ravaged Lousiana. At the same time, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blames "extreme" talk radio for the "dumbing down" of the GOP that enabled the rise of Donald Trump, while some journalists say their objectivity (as if!) must be sacrificed to the larger goal of stopping "dangerous" Trump from winning the White House.
In the August 8 edition of Notable Quotables: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, at the Democratic convention, likens President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, while MSNBC's Chris Matthews gets in one last thrill, as he exclaims Obama has a smile like actress Julia Roberts. Plus, ABC’s Terry Moran and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell accused Gov. Chris Christie of inciting an anti-Hillary Clinton “mob” at the Republican convention. And HBO host Bill Maher actually attempts to rationalize recent shootings of police officers.
In the July 18 edition of Notable Quotables: MSNBC’s GOP convention co-anchor Rachel Maddow likens presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, while journalists wonder if Hillary Clinton was “over-targeted” on the e-mail scandal for a crime that isn't any worse than “jaywalking.” Plus: MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews wonders if Indiana Governor Mike Pence is too “churchy” for Trump to pick. And film director John McTieranan actually blames the “American hyper-masculnity” of Captain America for “hundreds of thousands” of deaths.
The June 27 edition of Notable Quotables: ABC showcases a pro-amnesty protest slogan (“Don't Deport My Mom”) to frame their coverage of the Supreme Court's blocking of Obama's executive orders, while reporters exploit the ISIS massacre in Orlando to demand more federal gun control. “What will it take to move the needle when it comes to gun control?” CBS's Gayle King pleaded.
Plus: The New York Times blames hateful GOP rhetoric, not radical Islamic ideology, for the Orlando attack; a columnist says Trump's temporary ban on Muslims is akin to how Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin “killed millions of his own citizens,” and ex-CNN star Larry King says he’s “very independent,” but his voting record doesn't seem to support it.
The June 13 issue of Notable Quotables: journalists erupt with glee after Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to clinch the Democratic nomination, as one New York Times reporter tells Bernie Sanders that it's "sexist" for him to "get in the way of what could be the first female president." Meanwhile, some journalists blame Trump for violent riots that erupted in California, while lefty writers actually recommend violence as a way to thwart Trump.