Best of NQ 2000 Contents
  Aiding & Abetting in an Election Theft Award
  Kiss Me, Too, Al Award
  Kosher Kiss-Up Award
  I Am Woman Award
  Carve Clinton Into Mount Rushmore Award
  Media Hero Award
  The Real Reagan Legacy Award
  Flirting with Disaster Award
  The Galloping Ghost of Gingrich Award
  W is for Woeful Award
  If He Didn't Sink, Send Him Back to the Clink Award
  Little Havana Banana Republic Award
  Semper Fidel Award
  Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award
  Damn Those Conservatives Award
  Good Morning Morons Award
  Politics of Meaninglessness Award
  Too Late for the Ballot
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The Best Notable Quotables of 2000:

The Thirteenth Annual Awards for the
Year’s Worst Reporting

Quote of the Year

First Place

Thomas Friedman



"Yup, I gotta confess, that now-famous picture of a U.S. marshal in Miami pointing an automatic weapon toward Donato Dalrymple and ordering him in the name of the U.S. government to turn over Elian Gonzalez warmed my heart. They should put that picture up in every visa line in every U.S. consulate around the world, with a caption that reads: ‘America is a country where the rule of law rules. This picture illustrates what happens to those who defy the rule of law and how far our government and people will go to preserve it. Come all ye who understand that.’"
-- Thomas Friedman, former New York Times reporter and occasional PBS Washington Week in Review panelist, April 25 New York Times column. [68 points]

"But should you be using the national airwaves to promote your opinions?"
-- Diane Sawyer to Fox News Channel show host Bill O’Reilly, October 10 Good Morning America. [67]
Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity:
"If you’re someone like me, who lives out in a rural area -- if someone breaks into my house and wants to murder or rape me or steal all of my property, it’ll take half an hour for a policeman to get to me....Thousands of lives are saved by people being able to protect themselves."
Bonnie Erbe, host and former NBC Radio/Mutual reporter: "And if you look at the statistics, I would bet that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning, Linda, than living where you live, and at your age, being raped. Sorry."
-- Argument about using a gun for self-protection, PBS’s To the Contrary, May 13. [48]

"Communism Still Looms as Evil to Miami Cubans."
-- Headline over April 11 New York Times story. [39]

Dan Rather



"Al Gore must stand and deliver here tonight as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. And now Gore must do so against the backdrop of a potentially damaging, carefully orchestrated story leak about President Clinton. The story is that Republican-backed special prosecutor Robert Ray, Ken Starr’s successor, has a new grand jury looking into possible criminal charges against the President growing out of Mr. Clinton’s sex life."
-- Dan Rather opening the August 17 CBS Evening News from the Democratic convention. A federal judge appointed by President Carter admitted the next day that he had inadvertently leaked the news. [39]


2000 Award Judges

Chuck Asay, editorial cartoonist, The Gazette in Colorado Springs
Brent Baker, Editor of MRC’s CyberAlerts and Notable Quotables
Mark Belling, talk show host, WISN in Milwaukee
Neal Boortz, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
L. Brent Bozell III, Chairman of the Media Research Center
David Brudnoy, talk show host, WBZ in Boston; adjunct professor at Boston University
Priscilla Buckley, Contributing Editor of National Review
Tucker Carlson, Weekly Standard writer; co-host, CNN’s Spin Room
Bernadette Malone Connolly, editorial page editor, Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader
Mark Davis, talk show host, ABC Radio and WBAP in Dallas-Ft. Worth; columnist, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Midge Decter, writer and critic, New York City
Jim Eason, KSFO in San Francisco talk show host, emeritus
Don Feder, syndicated columnist and Boston Herald writer
Eric Fettmann, columnist and editorial board member, New York Post
Tim Graham, Director of Media Analysis, Media Research Center
Kirk Healy, Executive Producer, Cox Radio, Orlando
Quin Hillyer, editorial writer, Mobile Register
Marie Kaigler, radio talk show host, Detroit
Cliff Kincaid, President, America’s Survival
Mark Larson, talk show host and general manager at KCBQ/KPRZ in San Diego}
Jason Lewis, talk show host, KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Tony Macrini, talk show host, WNIS in Norfolk, Virginia
Don Markwell, talk show host, WACV in Montgomery, Alabama
Patrick McGuigan, Editor, editorial page, The Oklahoman
Jan Mickelson, talk show host, WHO in Des Moines
Gary Nolan, national radio talk show host, Radio America
Jane Norris, talk show host, WHAS Louisville & WLAP Lexington
Robert Novak, syndicated columnist and CNN commentator
Rich Noyes, Director of the MRC’s Free Market Project
Kate O’Beirne, Washington Editor of National Review
Marvin Olasky, Senior Fellow, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; Editor of World magazine
Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Henry Payne, editorial cartoonist, The Detroit News
Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, Executive Editor, The American Spectator
Michael Reagan, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Mike Rosen, talk show host, KOA in Denver; columnist, Denver Rocky Mountain News
William Rusher, Distinguished Fellow, Claremont Institute
Ron Smith, talk show host, WBAL in Baltimore
Ted J. Smith III, Professor of journalism, Virginia Commonwealth U.
Philip Terzian, nationally syndicated columnist
Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist; panelist on FNC’s Fox Newswatch
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Editor-in-Chief of The American Spectator
Armstrong Williams, nationally syndicated columnist
Dick Williams, columnist; host of Atlanta’s Georgia Gang
Walter Williams, Professor of economics, George Mason University
Thomas Winter, Editor-in-Chief of Human Events




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