February 2, 2011
By Jory John
During the 1992 presidential election, Vice President Dan Quayle made an example of fictional TV journalist Murphy Brown. A development on the eponymous sitcom had Murphy choosing to have a baby, even though she was divorced. In a San Francisco speech, Quayle said that it didn’t help America’s family values when “a character who epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman” mocks “the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone.” Hillary Clinton immediately pounced on Quayle’s comments and the debate roared on when the show used actual footage from his speech. Silly decision on his part? You be the judge. We forget if he won or lost that election. But, when Candace Bergen received an Emmy that year, she thanked Quayle for his help. Tonight, Murphy Brown creator Diane English joins actress Candace Bergen for a tribute to their fictional news show that made real-life headlines.