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Accuracy in Media

Category: Media

In love with Obama

“I thought Obama was brilliant. He’s so informed. He’s circumspect. He’s articulate. He’s thoughtful. Well, I think in my lifetime, there’s never been anything like it.”

- David Shuster , June 2009

Sympathy for Lacrosse Players Misplaced

“Perhaps the outpouring of sympathy for [the falsely arrested Duke lacrosse players] Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans is just a bit misplaced…. As students of Duke University or other elite institutions, these young men will get on with their privileged lives…. They are very differently situated in life from, say, the young women of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.”

- Terry Moran

“That’s what journalists do”

“You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once, and I was taken off the jury. And the judge said to me, ‘Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair?’ And I said, ‘That’s what journalists do.’ And everybody in the courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I’ve ever had.”

- Diane Sawyer , July 12

Clinton bullied by “monkey posing as a newscaster”

“A past President, bullied and sandbagged by a monkey posing as a newscaster, finally lashed back…The nation’s marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would’ve quit……As with all the other nefariousness and slime of this, our worst presidency since James Buchanan, [President Bush] is having it done for him, by proxy. Thus, the sandbag effort by Fox News Friday afternoon.”

–referring to Bill Clinton’s interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace

- Keith Olbermann , Sept. 25, 2006

Fox News is worse than al Qaeda

“Fox News is worse than al Quaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”

- Keith Olbermann , October 2007 issue

What bullsh–

“When I read through it, all I could say to myself, on each page, is, ‘What bullsh–. What pure, unadulterated bullsh– this whole thing is. What a setup. What a fix.”

–describing his reaction to CBS News’ highly critical internal report on the forged-document story, quoted in New York Magazine.

- Dan Rather

Conservative talk radio is a waste…of time

“[Conservative talk radio is] a waste of good broadcast time, and a waste of our airwaves.”

- Louise Slaughter , December 17, 2004.

Media is the watchdog

“If the watchdog doesn’t bark, how do you know there’s a burglar in the basement? And the press is supposed to be a watchdog. I’ll put it another way: if you think that the fire department in your neighborhood is in collusion with the arsonist, you want to know about it. And the fact of the matter is, in the build-up to the [Iraq] war the watchdog didn’t bark and the fire department- in this case the press- was in cahoots with the arsonist.”

- Bill Moyers , April 23, 2007.

Firearms = rise in violence

“Given the fact that I’ve seen estimates that there are in excess of 200 million firearms already on the street, have we essentially said it’s okay to have the level of violence that we have in this country?”

- Pierre Thomas , April 20, 2007.

Hurricane Katrina is Bush’s Monica Lewinsky

“Hurricane Katrina is George Bush’s Monica Lewinsky. One difference, and I’ll say this, the only difference is this: That tens of thousands of people weren’t stranded in Monica Lewinsky’s vagina. That is the only difference.”

- Jon Stewart , September 6, 2005.