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Tuesday, December 27, 2005 releases a list of the years "winning" quotes. Here are some of my favorites: Headline Award "An Advocate for the Right." -- Headline over a New York Times "news analysis" of Judge John Roberts' judicial philosophy, July 28. vs. "Balanced Jurist at Home in the Middle." -- Headline over a June 27, 1993 New York Times story on Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "I'm the Real Victim!" Award "My principal problem was that I stuck by the [Memogate] story, I stuck by our people for too long. I'm guilty of that. I believed in the story, and the facts of the story were correct. One supporting pillar of the story, albeit an important one, one supporting pillar was brought into question. To this day no one has proven whether it was what it purported to be or not....You know, I didn't give up on my people, our people. I didn't and I won't." [Applause] Marvin Kalb: "Dan, thank you. You said, I believe you just said, that you think the story is accurate." Rather: "The story is accurate." -- From The Kalb Report, Dan Rather in an interview series produced by the George Washington University and Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University, and shown live on C-SPAN September 26. "Please Don't Judge all Us Blacks by This Idiot" Award "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food....A lot of the people that could help are at war right now fighting another way, and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us....George Bush doesn't care about black people." -- Rapper Kanye West during NBC's Concert for Hurricane Relief, September 2. "Hellooo! You're not Listening" Award Matt Lauer in Baghdad: "Talk to me...about morale here. We've heard so much about the insurgent attacks, so much about the uncertainty as to when you folks are going to get to go home. How would you describe morale?" Chief Warrant Officer Randy Kirgiss: "In my unit morale is pretty good. Every day we go out and do our missions and people are ready to execute their missions. They're excited to be here." Lauer: "How much does that uncertainty of [not] knowing how long you're going to be here impact morale?" Specialist Steven Chitterer: "Morale is always high. Soldiers know they have a mission. They like taking on new objectives and taking on the new challenges...." Lauer: "Don't get me wrong here, I think you are probably telling me the truth, but a lot of people at home are wondering how that could be possible with the conditions you're facing and with the attacks you're facing. What would you say to those people who are doubtful that morale can be that high?" Captain Sherman Powell: "Sir, if I got my news from the newspapers also, I'd be pretty depressed as well." -- Exchange on NBC's Today, August 17. "Can You See My Blonde Roots?" Award or "Political Correction Gone Awry" Award "It's been 11 days since two African-American teenagers were killed, electrocuted during a police chase, which prompted all of this." -- Anchor Carol Lin after a Nov. 6 CNN Sunday Night story about riots in France. The two teenagers were not Americans, but French citizens of Tunisian heritage. African-French?
posted by Jack Mercer @ 12/27/2005 01:50:00 PM  
  • At 12/28/2005 10:29:00 AM, Blogger English Professor said…

    "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food...." Do you think Kanye has a point in this part of the quote?

    The "African-American" characterization was my favorite. Do blacks in France refer to themselves as a group in way other than simply "French?"

    I used to teach with a history professor (European/Middle East heritage, "white") who couldn't stand the term "African-American,"
    insisting that it properly applied only to African immigrants to America, not to anyone born here. I'm more inclined to think that people should have the autonomy to self-identify however they choose.

    I don't know what Carol Lin believes. :-)

  • At 12/28/2005 09:30:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Any of us "African Americans" with an ounce of brains resent this politically correct but inaccurate portrayal, EP. One of the "gifts" many of the liberals have given my people...


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Miriam Webster defines Snipe as: to aim a carping or snide attack, or: to shoot at exposed individuals (as of an enemy's forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage.

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