Clarence Thomas Accepted Award on Behalf of Woman Who Wished Him Dead
>> Just one topic today, a special
once in a decade event: In a fun evening of joking and frivolity, on
Thursday night, December 9, at the Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C., the
Media Research Center presented the "Dishonor Awards for the
Decade's Most Outrageous Liberal Bias" culled from the MRC's
archive of news video and print publications from the 1990s.
Stan Evans of the National Journalism Center emceed the
dinner event. Serving as presenters of archival videos of the award
nominees as originally seen on television during the past decade:
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, radio talk show host Michael Reagan and
National Review publisher Ed Capano. <<
1) Surprise award acceptor: Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Thomas received the "I'm a Compassionate Liberal But I Wish You
Were All Dead Award" on behalf of Julianne Malveaux who had wished
Thomas "dies early like many black men do, of heart
2) Text and RealPlayer clips of all award-winning quotes and
runners-up now online.
3) List of the quotes award dinner attendees saw and the
conservatives who accepted each in jest.
4) An applause meter tie for Quote of the Decade.
5) List of the 13 leading media observers who served as
a standing ovation from about 450 attendees packed into the Monarch Hotel
ballroom, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accepted the "I'm a
Compassionate Liberal But I Wish You Were All Dead Award (for media hatred
of conservatives)" for this November 4, 1994 quote from then-USA
Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on
"The man is on the Court. You know, I hope his
wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black
men do, of heart disease. Well, that's how I feel. He is an absolutely
to some all-day work Thursday by the MRC's Andy Szul, you can now watch
via RealPlayer all the television quotes, just as dinner attendees saw
them Thursday night, as prepared by Wall to Wall Video for the MRC. Plus,
text of the 19 nominees in six categories.
are the quotes in the order seen by those at the awards presentation
Thursday night. In each of six award categories a presenter showed three
or four nominees, which were determined by the judges listed in #5 below,
and then announced the winner. In the place of the actual media figure a
well-known conservative accepted each award in jest.
-- How Do I Hate the
Gipper? Let Me Count the Ways Award, presented by Michael Reagan.
"The boom years following World War II
saw the U.S. economy take off, giving rise to the growth of the great
American middle class. The rising standard of living meant homes, cars,
TVs, college for the kids - all in all, a piece of the American dream.
But in the Reagan years, economic erosion set in, so much so that the
middle class now finds itself in ever-deepening trouble." -- Bryant
Gumbel on Today, January 22, 1992.
"In the plague years of the 1980s --
that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism, and
idiocy - government fiddled, and medicine diddled, and the media were
silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS]
plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he
didn't need the ghettos and he didn't want the gays." -- CBS
Sunday Morning TV critic John Leonard, Sept. 5, 1993.
"The amazing thing is most people seem
content to believe that almost everybody had a good time in the '80s, a
real shot at the dream. But the fact is, they didn't. Did we wear
blinders? Did we think the '80s left t behind just the homeless? The
fact is that almost nine in ten Americans actually saw their lifestyle
decline." -- NBC reporter Keith Morrison, February 7, 1992 Nightly
"You place the responsibility for the
death of your daughter squarely at the feet of the Reagan Administration.
Do you believe they're responsible for that?" -- NBC reporter Maria
Shriver interviewing AIDS sufferer Elizabeth Glaser, July 14, 1992
Democratic convention coverage.
+++ And the winner
is....John Leonard. Accepting for Leonard: Reagan Attorney General Ed
-- Politics of Meaninglessness Award for the Wackiest
Analysis, presented by Michael Reagan:
"It's short of soap, so there are
lice in the hospitals. It's short of pantyhose, so women's legs go
bare. It's short of snowsuits, so babies stay home in the winter.
Sometimes it's short of cigarettes so millions of people stop smoking,
involuntarily. It drives everybody crazy. The problem isn't communism;
nobody even talked about communism this week. The problem is
shortages." -- NBC Nightly News commentator John Chancellor on the
Soviet Union, Aug. 21, 1991.
"He [Ted Kaczynski] wasn't a
hypocrite. He lived as he wrote. His manifesto, and there are a lot of
things in it that I would agree with and a lot of other people would, that
industrialization and pollution all are terrible things, but he carried it
to an extreme, and obviously murder is something that is far beyond any
political philosophy, but he had a bike. He didn't have any plumbing, he
didn't have any electricity." -- Time Washington reporter Elaine
Shannon talking about the Unabomber, April 7, 1996 C-SPAN Sunday Journal.
"It's a morbid observation, but if
everyone on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse
effect would no longer be a problem." -- Newsweek Senior
Writer Jerry Adler, Dec. 31, 1990 issue.
+++ And the winner
is....Elaine Shannon. Accepting for Shannon: Long-time Reagan aide Lyn
-- Presidential Kneepad Award (for the best journalistic Lewinsky),
presented by Cal Thomas.
"Mr. President, we love you. I want to
hug you, I want to hug you, please do the right thing. This is nothing,
this is nothing. Thomas Jefferson did not have this in mind, I swear to
God....I would give Ken Starr the Nobel Peace Prize were he to be man
enough not to refer a sex lie to the House for impeachment. We'll be
right back, stay tuned folks" -- Geraldo Rivera urging Clinton not to
cooperate, August 6, 1998 edition of Rivera Live on CNBC.
"If we could be one-hundredth as great
as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we'd
take it right now and walk away winners...Thank you very much and tell
Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we're pulling for her." -- Dan
Rather at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting talking via satellite to
President Clinton about his new on-air partnership with Connie Chung as
co-anchor of the CBS Evening News.
"I would be happy to give him [Bill
Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think
American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to
show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs." --
Time contributor and former reporter Nina Burleigh recalling what she told
the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz about her feeling toward Bill
Clinton, as recounted by Burleigh in the July 20, 1998 New York Observer.
+++ And the winner
is....the woman who inspired the award title, Nina Burleigh. Accepting for
Burleigh, a proud member of the VRWC: Wall Street Journal editorial writer
-- Corporal Cueball Carville Cadet Award (for impugning
the character of Clinton's adversaries), presented by Cal Thomas.
"Yes, the case is being fomented by
right-wing nuts, and yes, she is not a very credible witness, and it's
really not a law case at all. But Clinton has got a problem here. He has a
history of womanizing that most people believe is a problem....That's a
dangerous attitude to have. It lead to things like this, some sleazy woman
with big hair coming out of the trailer parks....I think she's a dubious
witness, I really do." -- Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan
Thomas on Paula Jones, May 7, 1994 Inside Washington.
"Women who've been polled seem to
put it behind them as well, and are willing to move on and forget about
it. Is that because Bill Clinton's been such a great President whom they
elected in great part, or is there something I want to say almost sexy
about a man who can get away with things over and over again?" --
Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee to Deborah Tannen, August 18,
Geraldo Rivera: "Do you believe that
they had, at least indirectly, something to do with your ex-husband, Jim
McDougal's, ultimate demise?
Susan McDougal, "I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you"
Geraldo Rivera: "Did they help speed your husband's sickness and
his ultimate death?"
McDougal: "Oh, there's no doubt in my mind!"
-- Geraldo Rivera referring to Ken Starr's prosecutors in a question to
Susan McDougal, April 14, 1999 Upfront Tonight on CNBC.
+++ And the winner
is....Evan Thomas. Accepting for Thomas: Another member of the VRWC,
American Spectator Editor-in-Chief Bob Tyrrell.
-- Damn Every Conservative We Can Think of to Hell
Award, presented by Ed Capano.
"Some thoughts on those angry voters.
Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper
tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming....Imagine a
nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper
tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty
words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old." --
ABC's Peter Jennings in his radio commentary after the GOP won the
House, Nov. 14, 1994.
"The bombing in Oklahoma City has
focused renewed attention on the rhetoric that's been coming from the
right and those who cater to angry white men. While no one's suggesting
that right-wing radio jocks approve of violence, the extent to which their
approach fosters violence is being questioned by many observers, including
the President of the United States....The list of those the President may
have had in mind is at once long and familiar. Right-wing talk show hosts
like Rush Limbaugh, Bob Grant, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael
Reagan, and others take to the air every day with basically the same
format: detail a problem, blame the government or a group, and invite
invective from like-minded people....Never do most of the radio hosts
encourage outright violence, but the extent to which their attitudes may
embolden or encourage some extremists has clearly become an issue."
-- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, April 25, 1995.
"Next week on ABC's World News
Tonight, a series of reports about our environment which will tell you
precisely what the new congress has in mind: the most frontal assault on
the environment in 25 years. Is this what the country wants? On ABC's
World News Tonight next week." -- Peter Jennings in an ABC promo
during the July 9, 1995 This Week with David Brinkley.
+++ And the winner
is....Bryant Gumbel. Accepting for Gumbel: A man impugned by him, Ollie
-- I'm a Compassionate Liberal But I Wish You Were
Dead Award (for media hate of conservatives), presented by Ed Capano.
"The man is on the Court. You know, I
hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like
many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that's how I feel. He is an
absolutely reprehensible person." -- USA Today columnist and Pacifica
Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas,
November 4, 1994 PBS To the Contrary.
"Can Ken Starr ignore the apparent
breadth of the sympathetic response to the President's speech? Facially,
it finally dawned on me that the person Ken Starr has reminded me of
facially all this time was Heinrich Himmler, including the glasses. If he
now pursues the President of the United States, who, however flawed his
apology was, came out and invoked God, family, his daughter, a political
conspiracy and everything but the kitchen sink, would not there be some
sort of comparison to a persecutor as opposed to a prosecutor for Mr.
Starr?" -- Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Big Show, to Chicago Tribune
Washington Bureau Chief James Warren, Aug. 18, 1998.
Inside Washington host Tina Gulland:
"I don't think I have any Jesse Helms defenders here. Nina?"
Nina Totenberg: "Not me, I think he ought to be worried about
what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is
retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his
grandchildren will get it." -- National Public Radio and ABC News
reporter Nina Totenberg reacting to Senator Jesse Helms' claim that the
government spends too much on AIDS research, July 8, 1995 Inside
+++ And the winner
is....Julianne Malveaux. Accepting for Malveaux, as noted above, Clarence
MRC employed audience participation to determine the Quote of the Decade,
but we got a tie. Following the presentation of the six award categories,
the MRC played for the audience the four winning quotes from reporters,
dropping the Leonard and Malveaux quotes since they have never been
So, people again saw the
Shannon, Burleigh, Thomas and Gumbel quotes. Then, as a picture of each
was displayed, audience members were asked by MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell
to clap to indicate which they thought should win. In the opinion of emcee
Stan Evans it was a tie between Burleigh on giving Clinton oral sex and
Gumbel blaming conservative talk show hosts for inspiring the Oklahoma
For the dinner we edited
Burleigh's quote so as to not offend anyone, and that's how it appears
above, but here's what she actually wrote:
"I would be happy to give him [Clinton] a blow job
just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women
should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their
gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs."
determine the nominees and winners, 13 leading media observers generously
gave of their time to evaluate six to eight quotes in six award categories
and then cast their vote for the first and second best in each category.
In tabulating the results, first place picks were assigned two points and
second place choices were assigned one point. The top three quotes in each
category served as the nominees shown at the awards presentation dinner.
William F. Buckley Jr., syndicated
columnist and National Review Editor-at-Large
John Fund, Wall Street Journal editorial page
Sean Hannity, co-host of FNC's Hannity & Colmes;
radio talk show at WABC Radio
Rush Limbaugh, national radio talk show host
Marlin Maddoux, USA Radio Network host
Mary Matalin, co-host of CNN's Crossfire
Oliver North, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Robert Novak, syndicated columnist and CNN commentator
Kate O'Beirne, Washington Editor of National Review
Michael Reagan, nationally syndicated radio talk show
William Rusher, Distinguished Fellow at the Claremont
Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated columnist
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Editor-in-Chief of The
We still expect the awards presentations to be shown
soon by C-SPAN, but don't know exactly when. Also, Fox News Channel may
do a story Friday night on the awards. --
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