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  Media Hero Award
  General Phil “Cheap Shot” Donahue Award
  Fourth Reich Award
  Ashamed of the Red, White & Blue Award
  Give Appeasement a Chance Award
  Begala & Carville War Room Award
  Media Millionaires for Smaller Paychecks Award
  Blame America First Award
  Bill Moyers (Subsidized) Sanctimony Award
  Carve Clinton into Mount Rushmore Award
  Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award
  Mount St. Helen Award
  Good Morning Morons Award
  Damn Those Conservatives Award
  Politics of Meaninglessness Award
  See No Liberal Media Bias Award
  Quote of the Year
  2002 Award Judges

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Best of NQ 2002

The Fifteenth Annual Awards for the
Year’s Worst Reporting

See No Liberal Media Bias Award 

First Place

“If I were biased, I don’t believe I would have gotten the job.”
– George Stephanopoulos to Newsday’s Verne Gay as quoted in a June 19 story after he was named host of ABC’s This Week. [64 points]


“I have yet to see a body of evidence that suggests the reporting that gets on the air reflects any political bias.”
– Former CBS and CNN correspondent Deborah Potter, who is currently the Executive Director of NewsLab, when asked for a comment on her former colleague Bernard Goldberg’s new book Bias by the Boston Globe’s Mark Jurkowitz for a January 17 article. Potter had not read the book. [61]

Tom Brokaw“I don’t think it’s a liberal agenda. It happens that journalism will always be spending more time on issues that seem to be liberal to some people: the problem of the downtrodden, the problem of civil rights and human rights, the problem of those people who don’t have a place at the table with the powerful.”
– NBC anchor Tom Brokaw on MSNBC’s Donahue when asked about the claim of liberal media bias, July 25. [59]

“[Former CBS News correspondent Bernard] Goldberg has picked this moment in time to haul out the old canard about the media being ‘liberal’ and the news being slanted leftward. It’s the first refuge of a no-talent hack.”
Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales in a review of Goldberg’s book Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, in Electronic Media, Jan. 7. [53]


Quote of the Year

First Place

Bill Moyers“The entire federal government – the Congress, the executive, the courts – is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. It includes using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich. It includes giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment and control the regulatory agencies meant to hold them accountable. And it includes secrecy on a scale you cannot imagine. 
“Above all, it means judges with a political agenda appointed for life. If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what’s coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture....
“So it’s a heady time in Washington, a heady time for piety, profits and military power, all joined at the hip by ideology and money. Don’t forget the money....Republicans out-raised Democrats by $184 million and they came up with the big prize: monopoly control of the American government and the power of the state to turn their radical ideology into the law of the land. Quite a bargain at any price.”
– Bill Moyers’ commentary at the end of his PBS show Now on November 8, the Friday after Republicans won control of the Senate in midterm elections.



“The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life....I think they [the 19 hijackers] were brave at the very least.”
– AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman and CNN founder Ted Turner in February 11 remarks at Brown University, as reported by Gerald Carbone in the February 12 Providence Journal. The next day, Turner issued a statement: “The attacks of Sept. 11 were despicable acts. I in no way meant to convey otherwise.”


2002 Award Judges

Lee Anderson, Editorial Page Editor, Chattanooga Free Press
Chuck Asay, editorial cartoonist, The Gazette in Colorado Springs
Brent Baker, MRC VP, Editor of CyberAlert and Notable Quotables
Mark Belling, talk show host, WISN in Milwaukee
Neal Boortz, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
L. Brent Bozell III, President of the Media Research Center
David Brudnoy, radio talk show host, WBZ in Boston; journalism professor at Boston University
Priscilla Buckley, Contributing Editor of National Review
Mona Charen, columnist with Creators Syndicate
William R. Cotterell, political reporter, Tallahassee Democrat
Ann Coulter, author, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Mark Davis, talk show host, WBAP in Dallas-Ft. Worth & ABC Radio; columnist, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Midge Decter, New York City-based author
Jim Eason, retired radio talk show host
Don Feder, commentator, & Don Feder Associates
Eric Fettmann, columnist & Associate Editorial Page Editor, NY Post
Ryan Frazier, editorial page writer, Richmond Times-Dispatch
David Gold, talk show host, KSFO in San Francisco
Tim Graham, White House correspondent, World magazine
Stephen Hayes, staff writer for The Weekly Standard
Kirk Healy, Executive Producer, WDBO Radio in Orlando
Quin Hillyer, editorial writer, Mobile Register
Jeff Jacoby, columnist for the Boston Globe
Marie Kaigler, former radio talk show host for WJR in Detroit
Cliff Kincaid, Editor of the AIM Report
Mark Larson, talk show host, KRLA (Los Angeles) and KCBQ (San Diego)
Jason Lewis, talk show host, KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Kathryn Jean Lopez, Editor of National Review Online
Tony Macrini, talk show host, WNIS in Norfolk, Virginia
Michelle Malkin, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor
Bernadette Malone, columnist, The Union Leader (Manchester, NH) and editor at Regnery Publishing
Patrick B. McGuigan, Capital Editor of Tulsa Today
Joe McQuaid, Publisher, The Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
Wes Minter, afternoon talk show host, KRMG/Cox Radio in Tulsa
Jane Norris, talk show host, WMAL in Washington, DC
Robert D. Novak, CNN commentator; Chicago Sun-Times columnist
Rich Noyes, Director of Media Analysis for the Media Research Center
Kate O’Beirne, Washington Editor of National Review
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief of World magazine and professor of
journalism at the University of Texas-Austin
Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Henry Payne, editorial cartoonist, The Detroit News
Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, Editor of; Executive Editor of 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 A. Rusher, Distinguished Fellow, Claremont Institute
Ted J. Smith III, Professor of journalism, Virginia Commonwealth U.
Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor
Bruce Tinsley, Mallard Fillmore cartoonist
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Editor-in-Chief of The American Spectator
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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