Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Beijing Marches On," March 15, 1997

Integrity requires you to ... say something is wrong, even if there is no controlling legal authority.

New York Times columnist MAUREEN DOWD on Vice President Al Gore's March 3 news conference in which he admitted to raising funds with the use of a White House telephone.

Uh, [four-second pause] well, [two-second pause] the DNC is a, uh, uh, different entity from the campaign, uh, and uh, [12-second pause] that, that's a fact.

Vice President AL GORE, in a previously unreleased January interview with the Washington Post. Mr. Gore was asked how he and the president could continue to claim they are above the fray of the Democratic National Committee's fundraising problems. The Gore statement came in a March 4 story by the Post's Dan Balz.

Just once we would like to hear of someone within this administration's inner financial circle who had the strength, self-discipline, and taste to say no.

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From an editorial in The New York Times.

Partly, the motivation was to broaden the discourse.

MICHAEL LERNER--editor of Tikkun, coiner of the phrase "politics of meaning," and part-time spiritual adviser to Hillary Clinton--in response to revelations that many of his magazine's letters to the editor were pseudonymously written by him.

God, we've been searching for you!

Computer-generated letter from American Family Publishers to the Bushnell Assembly of God, announcing that God of Bushnell, Fla., was a finalist for the $11 million sweepstakes.

We have murdered almost 40 million unborn babies.

Campus Crusade's BILL BRIGHT, admonishing America's sanctioning of abortion on demand, in a prayer opening the legislative session in the new Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives. Mr. Bright prayed in the name of Jesus Christ, "the true God, the only God." Liberals in the chamber denounced Mr. Bright's prayer as divisive.

The hamburger on your plate is some dead cow's muscle.

From an anti-meat article in Muse, a Chicago-based children's magazine affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The article prompted outrage from 15 farm-state members of Congress angered by the propaganda and an immediate apology from Smithsonian Secretary Michael Heyman. Muse is published by an independent company with licensing rights to the Smithsonian name.


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