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:



No Wonder It Sold For $1 Award for Newsweek's Priceless Bias



Allison Samuels and Jerry Adler (87 points)

“No one has a quicker mind or tongue than [Al] Sharpton. His political instincts are unmatched, and his personal charisma has been undimmed since high school....He is out there all alone, still standing on the same principle he first enunciated in his housing project in Brooklyn: poor people have the same rights as rich ones, to justice in the streets and in the courts. If he didn’t exist, we might, in fact, need to invent him.”
Newsweek’s Allison Samuels and Jerry Adler in their August 2 cover profile: “The Reinvention of the Reverend Al.”



Jonathan Alter (54 points)

“....What is the President really like on the job and off-hours, using what his best friend called ‘a Rubik’s Cube in his brain?’ These questions are answered here for the first time. We see how a surprisingly cunning Obama took effective charge in Washington several weeks before his election.... Alter takes the reader inside the room as Obama prevents a fistfight involving a Congressman, coldly reprimands the military brass for insubordination, crashes the key meeting at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, and bounces back after a disastrous Massachusetts election to redeem a promise that had eluded presidents since FDR....”
— From Simon & Schuster’s promotional language for The Promise: President Obama, Year One, a book released May 18, by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter.


Jonathan Alter (47 points)

“We [the press corps] are so eager to promote ourselves with the smartest take on how President Obama and the Democrats got themselves in this pickle that we haven’t done a good job explaining the stakes....A right-wing Republican takeover of Congress and state capitals isn’t something to accept with indifference. Midterms matter, and voters tempted to skip this election should have their heads examined.”
Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter in the magazine’s November 1 edition, “Why the Midterms Matter: The GOP’s agenda has to be stopped.”


Dan Klaidman (40 points)

“Terror Begins at Home; Fearmongering politicians are scoring cheap political points at the expense of the American people.”
Newsweek’s headline and subheadline over story by managing editor Dan Klaidman about Republican criticism of President Obama’s policies, February 22 issue.

Evan Thomas (28 points)

“I know it’s not great for the economy right now to be having a tax hike, but you’re just returning rates to where they were in the 1990s, when the economy was doing pretty well. God knows the federal government desperately needs that revenue, so this is one case where I think gridlock is a good thing.”
Newsweek’s Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, September 17. [MP3 Audio]