Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Fighting Cultural Ebonics," Feb. 1, 1997

I'm going to hyperventilate if I see Antonio Banderas!

North Carolina teenager MELISSA MATTHEWS, who was in Washington, D.C., the day of the presidential inaugural, quoted by The Washington Post after learning that the actor and his wife were in town for the same event.

He made Houdini look like an amateur.

New York Times columnist FRANK RICH, on President Clinton's electoral escape from the ethical scandals that plagued his administration's first term. Mr. Rich was amused the the president &quottook the oath of office not in manacles but with an approval rating rivaling Ronald Reagan's."

These words that he's about to utter today will change people's lives.

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NBC News reporter and JFK niece MARIA SHRIVER, introducing President Clinton's inaugural address on live television.

And then again, maybe not.

Washington Post television columnist TOM SHALES, having had the benefit of hearing Mr. Clinton's address.

I kind of tried to rush the children past it. They were starting to say stuff like, 'Look at those babies.' You don't want them looking at that.

Elementary school teacher GLORIA COOPER of Baltimore, who brought a group of kids to Washington for the inauguration, commenting on images of aborted babies carried by pro-lifers protesting the president's pro-abortion stand.

Maybe there was a constituency out there that wasn't prepared maturely for accepting this information.

Dallas public school official ROBERT HINKLE on why he pulled the plug on a student-produced television show, Getting Personal, that featured a man wearing a blonde wig and a black dress discussing his homosexuality. Student Tserilyn Tse's production had the approval of her teacher, parents, and principal.

He looks down his nose at do-good, honest journalism. He thinks that his media should be used by him to further his own goals.

CNN founder TED TURNER, on CBS's 60 Minutes looking down his nose at Rupert Murdoch, founder of Fox News Channel, which Mr. Turner regards as &quotright-wing." Seven years ago, Mr. Turner placed environmental activist Barbara Pylein in charge of CNN's and TBS's environmental programming. She said then, &quotI feel that I'm here on this planet to work in television, to be the little subversive person in television. I've chosen television as my form of activism. I felt that if I was to infiltrate anything, I'd do best to infiltrate television."


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