Now online: the May 4 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week even as her scandals compound, Time prints a ridiculous, over-the-top tribute to Hillary Clinton: "She is one of America's greatest modern creations."
And, left-wing journalists attempt to justify the Baltimore "uprising" as payback for "state violence" against black citizens, with a headline on Salon.com arguing: "Baltimore's violent protesters are right." Highlights are posted below; the entire issue is posted online, with six videos and 22 quotes at www.MRC.org.
Hooray for Hillary, “One of America’s Greatest Creations”
“Hillary Clinton is not familiar. She is revolutionary. Not radical, but revolutionary: the distinction is crucial. She is one of America’s greatest modern creations. Her decades in our public life must not blind us to the fact that she represents new realities and possibilities. Indeed, those same decades have conferred upon her what newness usually lacks: judgment, and even wisdom.”
— Laurene Powell Jobs writing the tribute to Clinton after Time chose the presidential candidate as one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People,” April 27-May 4 double issue.
Journalists Act Like They’ve Joined Hillary’s Legal Defense Team
“Before we get into some of the details, let’s put it bluntly. Are you hoping that this book and the issues you raise in it torpedo her candidacy?...A lot of your critics say, ‘Look, you are a conservative and that this is a right-wing hit job.’”
— Co-host Savannah Guthrie interviewing Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on NBC’s Today, April 27.
“The Clinton book was widely dismissed — about the money that goes into the CGI [Clinton Global Initiative]. And then — you know, the left is pushing back hard on this book — saying, there’s nothing there....Examples that have come out so far in your paper were not that impressive.”
— CNN co-anchor Chris Cuomo on the April 23 edition of New Day, talking to New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Patrick Healy.
“Your book is questions. I just wonder, how does that not be interpreted as clearly political? There’s nothing here that’s evidence of illegality.”
— Co-host Mika Brzezinski to Schweizer on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, April 28.
George Revives His Role as the Clinton Family Spin Doctor
“As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven’t produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as secretary that supported the interest of donors. We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert at the Sunlight Foundation, Bill Allison, wrote this: ‘There’s no smoking gun. No evidence that the changed policy based on donations to the foundation. No smoking gun.’ Is there a smoking gun?”
“As you know, the Democrats have said this is indication of your partisan interest. They say you used to work for President Bush as a speechwriter. You are funded by the Koch brothers. How do you respond to that?”
— Two of the questions posed by George Stephanopoulos, who served as a top aide during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and subsequently a senior White House advisor, to Schweizer on ABC’s This Week, April 26.
CBS Host Lectures Conservative: You’re Lucky We Even Let You Appear
“I’m going to start with probably the most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, and that is Tony Perkins, he is the president of the Family Research Council. And Mr. Perkins, I’m going to say this to you up front: You and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group. We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because, in their view, you don’t speak for Christians. Do you think you have taken this too far?”
— Host Bob Schieffer starting out his interview of Perkins on CBS’s Face the Nation, April 26.
Baltimore Riots Are Justifiable “Uprisings” Against Racist America
“There shouldn’t be calm tonight. Black people are dying in the streets. They’ve been dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries....I’m not calling these people ‘rioters.’ I’m calling these ‘uprisings’ and I think it’s an important distinction to make. This is not a riot. There have been uprisings in major cities and smaller cities around this country for the last year because of the state violence that’s been waged against black female and male bodies forever....I think we should be strategic in how we riot.”
— CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill during live coverage of the rioting in Baltimore, April 27 CNN Tonight.
“Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy.”
— Headline over an April 28 posting by Benji Hart at Salon.com.
Returning Veterans = Generation of Cops “Ready to Do Battle”
“We talk about [police] training, we talk about having officers....And a lot of these young people — I mean, I’ve been talking about this so much. A lot of young people — and I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle.”
— CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on CNN Newsroom, April 28. The next day, Baldwin apologized on CNN: “I was so wrong to speak the way I did....to perpetuate this false narrative.”
Do You Ever Get Tired of Being Wonderful?
“You are no longer Speaker, but still in a strong fighting mood. Do you ever get tired of fighting for what you believe in?”
— Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during his network’s live coverage prior to the start of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on April 25.
To read the entire May 4 edition of Notable Quotables, please visit www.MRC.org.