Robert Scheer Quotes


24 Robert Scheer quotes:



"All they are proving is their ability to manipulate, to think superficially, and to exploit national security issues rather than deal with them."
"And the big issue here, I think, is that the publisher took over the editorial pages, a guy named Jeff Johnson. He's an accountant from Chicago, doesn't know anything about what newspapers are supposed to be about, and he made a decision to get rid of the column."
"Even with the best of intentions, even when they're very smart and knowledgeable - as opposed to George W., who is neither - it doesn't seem to matter."
"For example, I spent a lot of time with Reagan, both before he ran for governor and when he was running for president. As a print reporter without the cameras, I was able to really test the quality of their minds and their knowledge base."
"For instance, Clinton who was unquestionably the smartest of the bunch I talked to - both the ones who made it and didn't. He had a great interest in policy."
"I have broken a lot of stories."
"I talked to Reagan for about six hours all told. and Reagan was willing to go along with it. He didn't look at his watch, and he didn't allow his campaign aides to cut it off."
"I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches college students that they don't cover much modern history and certainly not the modern presidency."
"I was a finalist for the Pulitzer as a reporter."
"I was able to do something that people can't do these days, which is to have quality time with the guys who were trying to be president and a number of them who got the job."
"I've been with the paper for almost 30 years."
"Much of what candidates have to do is raise money and appeal to constituencies or interest groups that can provide that money."
"Sometimes Bill O'Reilly would sometimes go after me every day, and this went on for the last couple of years, and I'm still standing."
"That means presenting the issues in certain ways that will appeal to those people and then becoming a prisoner of your own language and thought process. That has always happened - it's just been intensified."
"The decision came from the publisher. It certainly was cleared by Chicago. And then they come out with these fine sounding words about relation to readers and their obligation. It has nothing to do with that."
"The issue I highlight in the book is welfare reform."
"The paper nominated me 12 or 13 times for the Pulitzer Prize."
"They know I have a strong - not only that I have a strong relation to readers, but so did Ramirez, the cartoonist. You know, it's just gibberish."
"They know that the column resonates in the community. They know that people like it, and yet they don't have room for one column once week that consistently got it right."
"Well, what happened is that I had been the subject of vicious attacks by Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh."



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