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 Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity


Rob Reiner (58 points)

“Hitler, by the way, never got more than 33 percent of the vote ever in Germany....He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic, and they were having bad economic times — just like we are now. People were out of work, they needed jobs, and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold: ‘I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.’”
— Actor/director/liberal activist Rob Reiner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, October 22. [MP3 Audio]


Michael Moore (46 points)

“Chile had an earthquake this past week that was 500 times greater than the earthquake in Haiti. But here’s the big difference. In Chile, they have various — very serious regulations when it comes to building codes. So a thousand people died, sadly, but a thousand people died with a 500 times greater earthquake. And in Haiti, where there are no building codes, no regulations — a Republican’s paradise — a quarter of a million people died.”
— Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, March 5. [MP3 Audio]

Richard Dreyfuss (38 points)

Host Joy Behar: “Was it hard to play Dick Cheney?...Because I know that you’re not a fan of Cheney....Where did you find it in yourself to go down and find that satanic spot that we all know so well?”

Actor Richard Dreyfuss: “Are you leading me somewhere? First of all, every actor likes to play bad guys.... To play Dick Cheney, all I had to do was find my Dick Cheney. And you can find all the villainy in the world in your own heart, and that’s what an actor’s job is. I always say to kids, inside you is Hitler and Jesus. And you got to find the appropriate person and bring them out.”
— Exchange on HLN’s Joy Behar Show, October 18. [MP3 Audio]

Aaron Sorkin (29 points)

“Sarah Palin’s an idiot. Come on. This is a remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent and mean woman.”
— TV and movie producer Aaron Sorkin on CNN’s Parker Spitzer, October 4. [MP3 Audio]

Chris Rock (23 points)

“You know, I feel sorry for the people that were against it [ObamaCare]. That’s going to be a tough one to explain to your grandkids. ‘I just didn’t think everyone should be healthy. I was just against it....’ I’m sure it was the same thing with, like, civil rights, you know. People that were against it, now they gotta explain this to their grandkids. It’s like, ‘Granddaddy, is this your ‘I Hate Martin Luther King’ hat?’”
— Comedian and actor Chris Rock on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, April 7. [MP3 Audio]