When the anchor misses the news:

“I don’t even know about it. So you’ve got me at a loss, I don’t know. … I know we’ve done some stories about ACORN before, but this one I don’t know about. … [M]aybe this is just one you leave to the cables.” –ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson

You call that outreach?:

“He [Obama] made outreach to his conservative opponents, while also refuting many of their ideas. At times, it was almost like the President were a principal and Congress a bunch of unruly school kids.” –ABC’s Jake Tapper on BO’s speech last Wednesday

Speaking “truth” to those out of power:

“The fallout continues from that extraordinary moment in the United States Congress. Presidents appearing there as respected guests have been interrupted before by boos and hisses, but this was different. A Congressman last [Wednesday] night calling a president an outright liar to his face. Just the latest indication of how ugly the debate over reforming health care has gotten.” –CBS’s Katie Couric (Meanwhile, Obama has yet to apologize for calling his opponents liars in the same speech.)

“The insult heard ’round the world. … Leading off tonight, the gift. When Congressman Joe Wilson shouted, ‘You lie!’ at President Obama last [Wednesday] night he gave the Democrats a gift they hope just keeps on giving. Wilson was forced — and that does seem to be the word, forced — to apologize today. And his Washington office has been mobbed mostly by right-wing supporters. Democrats hope to turn Wilson into the Cindy Sheehan of the anti-health care reform movement. A clownish figure of ridicule who hurts his own side, more than he helps.” –MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle

“It’s all about race”:

“I was at some town meetings this summer, most recently in Arkansas. And this is an awful lot about race. You just can’t avoid it.” –Time magazine’s Joe Klein

“You look at the image of the Republican Party, all white males with short haircuts. They look sort of angry. No women, no minorities, and it looks like they’ve sort of become unhinged.” –MSNBC’s David Shuster on the party that is run by Michael Steele, who is black, and featured a female vice presidential candidate in Sarah Palin

“Now he’s at the center of a period of racial turbulence sparked by his ascension. Even if he and the coterie of white male advisers around him don’t choose to openly acknowledge it, this president is the ultimate civil rights figure — a black man whose legitimacy is constantly challenged by a loco fringe.” –New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, one of many locos at the Times


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