MRC's Notable Quotables: Helpful Journalists Advise GOP to Ditch Conservatives

February 9th, 2015 9:05 AM

Now online: the February 9 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, journalists — no doubt trying to be helpful — tell Republicans to bypass conservatives if they want to have any hope of winning, while others in the media seize on the measles outbreak to slam conservatives as having "a problem with science."

Also: an NBC correspondent slams the late Iraq war hero Chris Kyle as a "racist" who went on "killing sprees," and actress Ashley Judd ludicrously claims Hillary Clinton would be "the most overqualified candidate we've had since, you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington." Highlights are posted after the jump; the entire issue is posted online, with 23 quotes (five with video) at


Helpful Journalists Advise GOP to Ditch Conservatives

“Republicans should stay out of Iowa altogether. What happens to them is that they get pushed so far to the right in those venues that it gives them a terrible time in the general election.”
— Cokie Roberts on ABC’s This Week, January 25.

“The Republicans keep — in many, many ways, are their own worst enemies. They go so far to the right in order to out-conservative everybody else.”
New York Times correspondent Helene Cooper on NBC’s Meet the Press, January 25.


“Republicans Have a Problem with Science”

“The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives. It is a dance Republican candidates often do when they hedge their answers about whether evolution should be taught in schools. It is what makes the fight over global warming such a liability for their party, and what led last year to a widely criticized response to the Ebola scare.”
New York Times correspondents Jeremy Peters and Richard Perez-Pena in a front-page article, February 3.

“It seems as though the Republican Party has a problem with science, that they’re always pushing back against science.”
— Co-anchor Chris Cuomo to Dr. Ben Carson on CNN’s New Day, February 4.

“This is this, again, Neanderthal thinking on the right that is really, it’s scary and dangerous. Climate change deniers, vaccination deniers — I mean, they are going to kill us!”
— Joy Behar, a former co-host of ABC’s The View, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, February 3.



Pelley Picks a Peck of Obnoxious Liberal Questions

  “Mr. Speaker, I think your reaction to the State of the Union was written all over your face. It must be a hell of a thing to sit behind the President knowing that 30 million Americans are watching you for an hour. Do you practice that scowl?”
  “Unemployment has fallen to 5.6 percent, gasoline prices are down, the stock markets are up. The economy grew by five percent in the third quarter. That’s the fastest rate in more than a decade. You don’t congratulate the President for that?”
  “The President has temporarily protected about five million illegal immigrants in this country from deportation. The House just passed a bill to block that....Is that governing, just sending bills up to the White House that are gonna get vetoed?”
— Questions posed by CBS anchor Scott Pelley during his 60 Minutes interview with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, January 25.


NBC Reporter Smears War Hero as “Racist” on “Killing Sprees”

NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin: “When you juxtapose it [the movie American Sniper] with the real Chris Kyle and what has emerged about what kind of personality he was.... a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. So I think there are issues-”
Host Joe Scarborough: “Wait, wait. Killing sprees? Chris Kyle was going on killing sprees?”
Mohyeldin: “When he was involved in his — on assignments in terms of what he was doing. A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist.”
— MSNBC’s Morning Joe, January 29.


MSNBC Host Instructs Blacks to Vote Democratic

“I don’t see how anybody who is African-American would think about voting Republican as long as Reince Priebus is running the show.”
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Hardball, January 28.


The “Automatic” Reaction to Hearing the Name “Jeb Bush”

“If we hear ‘Bush,’ we’re automatically going to go to people bringing up the Kouachi brothers and their photos of Abu Ghraib that radicalized them about Iraq.”
— MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on the January 30 edition of Morning Joe, talking about the radical Islamists who attacked the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.


YouTube Spirals Down to Level of ABC News

“If you had any superpower, what would it be?”
— Question from YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota to President Obama during a January 22 White House Q&A.

“If you were a super hero and you could have one super power, what would it be?”
— ABC’s Barbara Walters interviewing Obama in a clip shown on ABC’s The View, December 19, 2011.


Get Ready for the Most “Overqualified” President Since George Washington

“I mean, obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton....Are there other qualified candidates? Absolutely. I think she might be the most overqualified candidate we’ve had since, you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.”
— Actress/activist Ashley Judd on Larry King Now, an Ora.TV show also carried on Hulu and broadcast on RT, the Russian TV channel, January 30.

To read the entire February 9 edition of Notable Quotables, please visit