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In addition to discussions on numerous talk radio shows where hosts cited quotes or interviewed MRC representatives, the Best of NQ Awards issue has been highlighted by these outlets:


  • FNC's Fox & Friends, December 28: MRC President Brent Bozell discusses worst media quotes of 2009, part 1. Watch video on the NewsBusters blog or via
  • FNC's Fox & Friends, December 30: MRC President Brent Bozell discusses worst media quotes of 2009, part 2. Watch video on the NewsBusters blog or via
  • Breitbart TV's B-Cast with Scott Baker and Liz Stephans, “Bozell Unveils Worst Media Bias Quotes of 2009,” December 21. Watch video on the NewsBusters blog or via Breitbart TV.
  • Fox Newswatch Highlights Couric & Klein in MRC's Awards for Worst Reporting,” December 26. Watch video on NewsBusters blog or via
  • interview, "Bozell Raps Couric, Others for Worst Reporting," December 31. Watch video or read article.
  • Notable Quotables Show, end of year edition featuring the MRC staff ridiculing journalists highlighted in the “Best Notable Quotables of 2009.” Watch video on the NewsBusters blog or via


The Un-Fairness Doctrine Award for Slamming Media Conservatives


Joe Klein

Joe Klein (62 points)

“Let me be precise here: Fox News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it borders on sedition. Much of it is flat out untrue. But I don’t understand why the White House would give such poisonous helium balloons as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity the opportunity for still greater spasms of self-inflation by declaring war on Fox....The best antidote to their garbage is elegant, intelligent governance.”
Time’s Joe Klein on the magazine’s “Swampland” blog, October 23.


Chris Matthews (50 points)

Host Chris Matthews: “The activists on radio are not afraid, because they’re not afraid of anything. But at some point, if we have violence in this country against our President of any form or attempt, people are gonna pay for it, the people who have encouraged the craziness....”

The Politico’s Roger Simon: “I agree 100 percent, but the base of the party, the core of the party, likes the clown show....They’re playing with fire.”
— MSNBC’s Hardball, September 22. [MP3 Audio (0:18)]

David Zurawik

David Zurawik (47 points)

“[Robert] Novak titled his 2007 memoir, The Prince of Darkness, and he was indeed a very dark force in cable TV news contributing mightily to the toxic culture of confrontation, belligerence and polarization that so defines cable TV and American political discourse today. There is no way to be nice about his impact on cable TV during its formative years....I am talking about Novak’s sneering TV persona and the role it played in reaching back to the dark political style of the 1950s Richard Nixon — and leading us to the polarized, angry space that cable TV and the conversation of American politics now inhabits.”
Baltimore Sun critic David Zurawik August 18 on his “Z on TV” blog, two hours after news broke of Novak’s passing.

Rick Sanchez (38 points)

“Was there a tone in this country that was actually started with the election of our first black president that is bringing the crazies out of the woodwork, and are they being motivated to move by right-wing pronouncements, like he’s dangerous, he’s a socialist, he’s a Muslim, and he isn’t even a U.S. citizen? This is what we hear on some TV and radio outlets, which, by the way, according to our Constitution, they are entitled to what they believe and even propagate.”
— CNN Newsroom anchor Rick Sanchez setting up a segment suggesting “hateful talk” can be blamed for the Holocaust museum shooting, June 11. [MP3 Audio (0:37)]

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