"HOIST BY THEIR OWN PETARD," an editorial in the December 30, 2006 New York Post. Originally posted here.
HOIST ON THEIR OWN PETARD
For 19 years, the Media Research Center has been compiling its list of notable quotables. The quotes, from prominent members of the mainstream news media, provide a clear window into the leftist mindset that pervades most of America's large news organizations. At the end of the year, the center (helped by a panel of judges) chooses the best examples. As usual, this year's crop reveals the media's perennial contempt for all things conservative. Actually, the winners more or less explain themselves. (The full set of winners and finalists can be found at the center's Web site, mrc.org.) Happy New Year!
Madness of King George Award for Bush-Bashing
"We better all hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because he might be all that's standing
between us and a full-blown dictatorship in this country. . . . Does it
concern you that your phone company may be voluntarily providing your phone
records to the government without your knowledge or your permission? If it
doesn't, it sure as hell ought to."
Slam Uncle Sam Award
"Our government has turned its energy and attention away from upholding
the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu
Ghraib, Haditha and other places around the world. And let's not forget the
sustained assault on women's reproductive freedom and the hijacking of
public policy by religious fundamentalism."
Media Hero Award
"You can see it in the crowds. The thrill, the hope. How they surge
toward him. You're looking at an American political phenomenon. In state
after state, in the furious final days of this crucial campaign, Illinois
Sen. Barack Obama has been the Democrats' not-so-secret get-out-the-vote
weapon. He inspires the party faithful, and many others, like no one else on
the scene today . . . And the question you can sense on everyone's mind, as
they listen so intently to him: Is he the one? Is Barack Obama the man, the
black man, who could lead the Democrats back to the White House and maybe
even unite the country? . . . Everywhere he goes, people want him to run for
president, especially in Iowa, cradle of presidential contenders. Around
here, they're even naming babies after him."
Streisand Award for Celebrity Vapidity
"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist
in the world, George W. Bush, says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds,
not thousands, but millions of the American people, millions support your
revolution, support your ideas, and we are expressing our solidarity with
Politics of Meaninglessness Award
"Finally tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don't like 'em
and won't watch 'em . . . Try not to laugh when someone says these are the
world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter
Games look like a GOP convention."
Good Morning Morons Award
"Some of the values, depending on your perspective . . . may be deemed
wholesome, but in other ways, I think, people will see this community as
eschewing diversity and promoting intolerance. . . Do you think the tenets
of the community might result in de facto segregation as a result of some of
the beliefs that are being espoused by the majority of the residents there?
. . . You can understand how people would hear some of these things and be
like, wow, this is really infringing on civil liberties and freedom of
speech and right to privacy and all sorts of basic tenets that this country
was founded on. Right?"
Quote of the Year
"It wasn't supposed to be this way. You weren't supposed to be graduating
into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren't
supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for
fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of immigrants to start a
new life, or the rights of gays to marry, or the rights of women to choose.
You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove
policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You
weren't. But you are. And for that, I'm sorry."