Notable Quotables: Delaying Obama’s Amnesty = Putting History on Hold

February 23rd, 2015 8:52 AM

Now online: the February 23 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, after a federal judge delays implementation of President Obama's executive amnesty, the networks frame it as “a historic day... on hold,” and a ruling that “dashes American dreams for millions of families.”

Also, a rogues’ gallery of journalists led by Dan Rather leap to the defense of suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, while others in the media wish we'd stop talking about ISIS terrorists in favor of something more important: global warming. Highlights are posted after the jump; the entire issue is posted online, with 23 quotes (two with video) at


Delaying Obama’s Amnesty = Putting History on Hold

“The showdown over immigration takes a dramatic turn: A last-minute ruling dashes American dreams for millions of families under the threat of deportation.”
— Fill-in anchor Lester Holt opening the NBC Nightly News, February 17.

“Tomorrow was supposed to be a historic day for millions of illegal immigrants. They would be able to begin to apply for legal status under immigration reform that President Obama implemented by executive action over the objections of Congress, but a federal judge’s ruling has now put all of that on hold.”
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, February 17.

White House correspondent Chris Jansing: “Tonight, Andrea Gabelones is devastated, worried her dream of working for the FBI may not come true.”
Andrea Gabelones: “You know, we were so ready for this and then today it just crushed us, you know?”
Jansing: “In Texas, Alfredo Garcia’s future plan, a Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, is at stake.”
Alfredo Garcia: “All the possibilities that I have in the future just vanished.”
NBC Nightly News, February 17.


How Did “Noble” ObamaCare Get Such a Bad Reputation?

“How did something [ObamaCare] that was this noble an idea become something, over time, that the other party uses against this President constantly?”
New York Daily News sports writer Mike Lupica to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, February 19.



David Brooks: “I’m Totally Pro-Obama” on Christian-Bashing

Clip of President Obama: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ....In our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”...
New York Times columnist David Brooks: “Well, I’m pro-Obama. I’m totally pro-Obama on this. I think he said the right thing.”
— NBC’s Meet the Press, February 8.


Global Warming: Worse than ISIS Terrorist Beheaders?

“Do you think the media sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism and this kind of chaos, as opposed to a longer-term problem of climate change and epidemic disease?”
— Matthew Yglesias, Executive Editor of, to President Obama in interview posted February 9.

“The single most important thing we face globally is the fact that we are heating the planet to a level that has never before been tried, while also trying to have human civilization. That’s a real big experiment to run, with human beings live in real time. It is the kind of challenge that 100 years from now, people will look back and be like, ‘How did they talk about anything else, ever?’ Like, didn’t they understand they were sitting tied to train tracks with a train coming?”
— MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, early morning of February 17.


Journalists Rally Around Lyin’ Brian Williams

“Brian is an honest, decent man, an excellent reporter and anchor — and a brave one. I can attest that — like his predecessor Tom Brokaw — he is a superb pro, and a gutsy one.”
— Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather as quoted by Politico’s Dylan Byers in a February 5 article.

“Execute Brian Williams. The only logical solution to the frenzied reaction to the NBC News anchor’s public admission of a mistake is for him to be feathered, tarred, dragged through the streets of New York to Times Square, and stoned to death. Even then, I doubt his most ferocious critics, especially in the brutal slaughterhouse of social media, would be sated. They’d want to see his bones removed, sawn into pieces and hurled into the Hudson River.”
— Former CNN host Piers Morgan writing in Britain’s The Daily Mail, February 9.


Gagging Over “Self-Righteous” Reaction to Brian’s Lies

“In the end, I find the phenomenon of the schadenfreude circus that has erupted — yet again — to be overwrought and unnecessarily brutal. And the judgments about whether Williams should be fired, from pundits who never saw the inside of a Chinook helicopter, self-righteous and gagging.”
Time’s Joe Klein in a February 6 Web article, “Accept Brian Williams’s Apology.”


CNN Anchor: “Our Rights Do Not Come from God”

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: “Our rights contained in the Bill of Rights do not come from the Constitution; they come from God. It’s clearly stated-”
Co-anchor Chris Cuomo: “Our laws do not come from God, Your Honor, and you know that. They come from man....Our rights do not come from God.”
— CNN’s New Day, February 12.


Mr. Attorney General, Will You Please Quack Like a Duck?

Host Melissa Harris-Perry: “You know, we know we call you ‘the duck’ in nerd land.”
Attorney General Eric Holder: “The duck?”
Harris-Perry: “We call you ‘the duck.’ So, in nerd land, we say you have a very sort of placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath. Would you quack for us?”
Holder: “Well, I’m not sure I’m going to do that. But I like the analogy.”
— Interview shown on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, February 8.

To read the entire February 23 edition of Notable Quotables, please visit