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The Best Notable Quotables of 2008

The 21st Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting

Welcome to the Media Research Center’s annual awards issue, a compilation of the most outrageous and/or humorous news media quotes from 2008 (December 2007 through November 2008). To determine this year’s winners, a panel of 44 radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers, and media observers each selected their choices for the first, second and third best quote from a slate of five to eight quotes in each category. Continues below...

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Co-anchor Chris Matthews: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My — I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.
Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: “Steady.”
Matthews: “No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.”
— Exchange during MSNBC’s coverage of the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. primaries, February 12.


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Streisand IQ Award
Media Hero Award
Silliest Analysis Award
The Great Goracle Award
Mad King George Award
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First place selections were awarded three points, second place choices two points, with one point for the third place selections. Point totals are listed in the brackets at the end of the attribution for each quote. Each judge was also asked to choose a “Quote of the Year” denoting the most outrageous quote of 2008. The winner and top runners-up appear here.

A list of the judges, who were generous with their time, appears here. The MRC’s Michelle Humphrey and Kristine Lawrence distributed and counted the ballots, then produced the numerous audio and video clips that accompany the Web-posted version. Rich Noyes and Brent Baker assembled this issue and Stuart James posted the entire package on the MRC’s Web site.

And please save this date: Thursday, March 19, 2009. At the Media Research Center’s annual gala celebration that night in Washington, DC, the MRC will announce the winners of the DisHonors Awards of 2009: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters. Check in early 2009 for additional information.

List of the Judges Who Selected the Winners


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MRC staff were interviewed on several radio shows, including G. Gordon Liddy's nationally syndicated program, as well as with Jan Mickelson on WHO in Des Moines, Bob Dutko on WMUZ in Detroit, Martha Zoller on WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia, Steve Malzberg on WOR in New York City and Vicki McKenna on WIBA in Madison, Wisconsin.

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