Ross Mackenzie

When things began to get really bad, a group called the Media Research Center (MRC) designated itself monitor of the egregious leftism loping around in the mainstream press, mostly on television. Most of the guilty insist they are mere mainstreamers, centrists ("nobody here but us moderates") - yet surely they know better. They betray themselves when they open their mouths.

(Disclaimer: For several years I served on the MRC panel selecting the year's most egregious quotations, a role filled more recently - as in December - by a staff colleague.)

So before 2005 tracks too far, herewith a sampler of 2004 remarks by some of the nation's loftiest pressies. For obvious reasons, many of the quotes (the MRC terms them "Notable Quotables") reflect a singular bias. . .

NBC's Tom Brokaw, Aug. 31 during the Republican convention, with Sen. Susan Collins on his MSNBC show "Brokaw in New York":

You and Olympia Snowe, the other senator from Maine, are known as moderate women. You have no place in this convention. The (Republican Party) platform does not seem to speak to a lot of women in this country. It's anti-abortion, it does not expand stem cell research, and on other social issues in which women have some interest - for example, gay unions - is formally opposed to that. Do you think that this platform and this party is doing enough to reach out to moderate women across the country?

Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, Oct. 29, on CNN's "Larry King Live":

I have a feeling that (Osama bin Laden's new videotape) could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, that he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of - as a principal subject of the campaign right now - get rid of the whole problem of the al-Qaqaa dump, explosive dump. Right now that, the last couple of days, has I think upset the Republican campaign.

Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales in a Jan. 21 Style section review of President Bush's 2004 State of the Union address:

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Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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