“Liberals shine in media,” a column by Mike Rosen in the
December 30, 2005 Rocky Mountain News. Originally posted
It's time for the 18th annual Media Research Center's awards for the most
biased, manipulative or downright goofy quotes from liberals in the
"mainstream" media. I'm honored to serve, once again, on MRC's distinguished
panel of conservatively biased judges. Here are some of the highlights from
among the winners and runners-up of Best Notable Quotables of 2005:
Quote of the Year
Reporter Brian Ross: "Mary Mapes was the woman behind the scenes, the
producer who researched, wrote and put together Dan Rather's 60 Minutes
report on President Bush's National Guard service, a report which Rather and
CBS would later apologize for airing . . ."
Ross to Mapes: "Do you still think that story was true?"
Ex-CBS producer Mary Mapes: "The story? Absolutely."
Ross: "This seems remarkable to me that you would sit there now and say you
still find that story to be up to your standards."
Mapes: "I'm perfectly willing to believe those documents are forgeries if
there's proof that I haven't seen."
Ross: "But isn't it the other way around? Don't you have to prove they're
Mapes: "Well, I think that's what critics of the story would say. I know
more now than I did then and I think, I think they have not been proved to
be false, yet."
Ross: "Have they proved to be authentic though? Isn't that really what
Mapes: "No, I don't think that's the standard."
-- on ABC's Good Morning America, Nov. 9
Damn Those Conservatives Award
"The day I say Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself.
All we need is one more liar."
-- Hearst Newspapers White House columnist Helen Thomas, as quoted in the
Under the Dome column in The Hill newspaper, July 28
Crazy Chris Award for Chris Matthews' Left-Wing
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan: "We're not going to cure terrorism and
spread peace and goodwill in the Middle East by killing innocent people or
-- I'm not even saying our bullets and bombs killing them. The occupation
that - they don't have food, they don't have clean water, they don't have
electricity. They don't have medicine, they don't have doctors. We need to
get our military presence out of there, and that's what's gonna start
building goodwill . . . I see Iraq as a base for spreading imperialism . .
Host Chris Matthews: "Are you considering running for Congress, Cindy?"
Sheehan: "No, not this time . . ."
Matthews: "OK. Well, I have to tell you, you sound more informed than most
U.S. congresspeople, so maybe you should run."
-- exchange on MSNBC's Hardball, Aug. 15
God Save This Court from Extremists Award
"An Advocate for the Right."
-- headline over a New York Times "news analysis" of Judge John Roberts'
judicial philosophy, July 28
"Balanced Jurist at Home in the Middle."
-- headline over a New York Times story on Clinton Supreme Court nominee
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, June 27, 1993
Politics of Meaninglessness Award for the Silliest
"It's been 11 days since two African-American teenagers were killed,
electrocuted during a police chase, which prompted all of this."
-- anchor Carol Lin after a Nov. 6 CNN Sunday Night story about the riots
in France; the two teenagers were not Americans, but French citizens of
Good Morning Morons Award
Co-host Matt Lauer: "Pain at the pump. Gas prices are going sky high. I paid
$2.94 a gallon over the weekend to fill up the car."
Co-host Katie Couric: "It's ridiculous. I had to take out a loan to fill up
my minivan. It's crazy."
-- exchange at the top of NBC's Today, Aug. 15; Couric makes about $15
million a year
Oh, That Liberal Media Award
Newsweek's Evan Thomas: "Is this attack on [public broadcasting's budget]
going to make NPR a little less liberal?"
NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg: "I don't think we're liberal to
begin with, and I think if you would listen, Evan, you would know that."
Thomas: "I do listen to you and you're not that liberal, but you're a little
Totenberg: "No, I don't think so. I don't think that's a fair criticism, I
really don't -- any more than, any more than you would say that Newsweek is
Thomas: "I think Newsweek is a little liberal."
-- exchange on the June 28 Inside Washington
If your stomach is strong enough to handle the complete awards list, you can
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Mike Rosen's radio show airs daily from 9 a.m. to noon on 850 KOA.