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  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
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Liberal media's notable quotes
Rocky Mountain News

As printed in the December 29, 2000 edition


Column by Mike Rosen in the Rocky Mountain News

Just out: the Media Research Center's 13th annual awards for the most biased, manipulative or downright goofy quotes uttered by liberals in the "mainstream" news media. Once again, I'm honored to have served on MRC's distinguished panel of conservatively biased judges. Herewith, highlights from among the winners and runners-up of Best Notable Quotables of 2000:

  • Aiding & Abetting in an Election Theft Award

"Here we will have possibly a bunch of tax dodgers deciding the election." Time's Margaret Carlson on Florida absentee ballots from military personnel, on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, Nov. 8. Florida does not have a state income tax. (Carlson later apologized.)

  • I Am Woman Award (for Hillary Rodham Worshipping)

"It was hard in the summer of 1992 for a young woman to stay objective and not become enchanted by the promise of Hillary. I had spent my formative professional years undercover in the dark age of Reagan-Bush. Those were the days when women were not allowed to wear pants in the White House. Anita Hill had just been whomped. Anti-abortion judges were packing the Supreme Court. And here was a woman who had kept her own name! I'll be voting for her just to make sure Trent Lott doesn't get another foot soldier for his holy war." Former Time reporter Nina Burleigh, who once said she would give Bill Clinton oral sex for keeping abortion legal, in the Feb. 14 New York Observer.

  • Flirting with Disaster Award (for Proximity to Conservatives)

    "How does that broaden the appeal of the party? You're talking here tonight about being more inclusive, yet 59 percent of the people here describe themselves as conservative." Andrea Mitchell asking New York governor George Pataki about vice presidential pick Dick Cheney during MSNBC's prime-time coverage of the Republican Convention, July 31.

  • Good Morning Morons Award

    "Americans are working more and getting less vacation time than people in any other industrialized nation ... I feel strange saying, I never stopped to think about the fact there is no official U.S. policy on vacation time." Today co-host Matt Lauer to Escape magazine's Joe Robinson, a proponent of mandated vacation, June 12.

  • Special Juxtaposition Hypocrisy Award

    "I had my opinions surgically removed when I became a network correspondent." CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl denying liberal bias on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, Jan. 25.

    "But should you be using the national airwaves to promote your opinions?" Diane Sawyer to Fox News Channel show host Bill O'Reilly, Oct. 10 Good Morning America.

  • Damn Those Conservatives Award

    "What a f idiot." Bryant Gumbel caught on camera after he threw the show to a weather segment seconds after wrapping up a hostile interview with Robert Knight of the Family Research Council, June 29 The Early Show.

  • Quote of the Year

    "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 Gonzales 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.

If your stomach is strong enough to handle the complete awards list, you can get it by calling (800) 672-1423, or by visiting on the Web.

Mike Rosen's radio show airs daily from 9 a.m. to noon on 850 KOA.


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