Best of NQ 2010

The Twenty-Third Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

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Media Coverage

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:



Obama's Orderlies Award for Prepping America for ObamaCare


Keith Olbermann (82 points)

“What would you do, sir, if terrorists were killing 45,000 people every year in this country? Well, the current health care system, the insurance companies, and those who support them are doing just that....Because they die individually of disease and not disaster, [radio host] Neal Boortz and those who ape him in office and out, approve their deaths, all 45,000 of them — a year — in America. Remind me again, who are the terrorists?”
— MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in a “Quick Comment” on Countdown, January 5. [MP3 Audio]


Meredith Vieira (59 points)

“On a personal note, you said last night the first call you made after your victory was to Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki....How comfortable was that for both of you, knowing that you plan to do everything you can to derail what Ted Kennedy called, called ‘the cause of his lifetime,’ which is health care reform?”
— NBC’s Meredith Vieira to Senator-elect Scott Brown on Today, January 20. [MP3 Audio]


New York Times (35 points)

“For Many, Health Care Relief Begins Today”
New York Times headline over a series of articles about official launching of ObamaCare, September 23.

Katie Couric (23 points)

“I think providing health care for people who can’t afford it is something that most people do agree with — that there has to be some kind of alternative other than our national, our nation’s emergency rooms for people who need health care. And I read somewhere — I think it was in The New Yorker — that 45,000 people died needlessly because they simply don’t have access to health care, and that just seems so unfair and so undemocratic.”
— Katie Couric in a December 22, 2009 Facebook video chat. The statistic Couric cited was generated by the left-wing Physicians for a National Health Program.

Cokie Roberts (22 points)

“A lot of people are going to like [the health care bill] a whole lot once they see what’s in it. For the first time, it’s got some long-term care in it, which everybody is desperate for as the population gets older. It’s paid for, totally paid-for long-term care insurance. So, I think that there’s a lot in the bill that people are going to like. It’s just a question of understanding it.”
— ABC’s Cokie Roberts on This Week, December 20, 2009. [MP3 Audio]