Best of NQ 2010

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

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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:



The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year



Charles Pierce (49 points)

“Well, we’re almost here, aren’t we? The end of a long, arduous, four-month campaign for a Senate seat that you have approximately the same chance of filling as you did the pilot’s chair of the Starship Enterprise....The notion that Massachusetts would elect a Republican to fill the seat left vacant by Edward Kennedy was the property of people who buy interesting mushrooms in interesting places. You might as well expect the House of Windsor to be succeeded on the British throne by the Kardashian sisters.”
The Boston Globe Magazine’s Charles Pierce in a January 10 column addressed to GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown.


Chris Matthews (46 points)

“You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting: He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during live coverage following the State of the Union address, January 27. [MP3 Audio]


Paul Haven (44 points)

“Cuba’s communist leaders mapped out a brave new world of free enterprise on Friday, approving a laundry list of small-time businesses, allowing islanders to take on employees and even promising credit to burgeoning entrepreneurs. The reforms — laid out in a three-page spread in the Communist Party-daily Granma — seem sure to create a society of haves and have-nots in a land that has spent half a century striving for an egalitarian utopia.”
— Associated Press writer Paul Haven in a September 24 dispatch from Havana.

Bill Press (31 points)

“I call NPR ‘National Pentagon Radio.’ They’re no more left wing than Fox News as far as I’m concerned. Look at the commentators they have on there, right? They’re all right-wing commentators. I couldn’t get in the door of NPR. I’m sure you don’t appear on their shows either, right? They lean so far right. The idea that they’re part of the liberal media, as if they were. Look, except for MSNBC, these guys control all the media as far as I’m concerned.”
— Left-wing radio host and former CNN and MSNBC co-host Bill Press on Ed Schultz’s radio show, Oct. 22.

Chris Cuomo (29 points)

“Why did someone, with apparently so much to live for, simply decide to throw it all away? Faisal Shahzad seemed to be living the American dream. Wife, two kids, nice house in the suburbs, an immigrant from Pakistan bettering himself through education and hard work....Even his signature seems to suggest optimism — it appears a heart is dotting the ‘i’ in Faisal....”
— ABC’s Chris Cuomo on the attempted Times Square bomber, May 4 World News. [MP3 Audio]