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MRC's DisHonor Awards
  Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 200
Thursday, March 18, 2004
The Omni Shoreham Hotel

       Rush Limbaugh and Sam Donaldson made surprise appearances at the MRC’s “DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2003,” which were presented on Thursday night, March 18, before an audience of about 850 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

     Following the presentation of the awards, as MRC President L. Brent Bozell III made closing remarks and thanked those who made the evening possible, he was interrupted by ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson, who bound on stage in mock anger, railing at Bozell and the MRC for the attack on the news media.


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     Bozell soon resumed thanking staff members, only to have the evening’s producer, Leesa Kelly, interrupt him a second time to tell him there was someone else who wished to come on stage to make some comments. When Bozell acceded to her request, the theme music to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show began to play and an astonished audience quickly comprehended what that meant just as Rush Limbaugh strode on stage, prompting a lengthy standing ovation. Limbaugh proceeded to deliver remarks for about 15 minutes, covering a wide range of topics. Text of Limbaugh's remarks as posted by RushLimbaugh.com.  


     Before the surprise appearances, the audience enjoyed the presentation of the “DisHonors Awards” in five categories. Winners were selected by a distinguished panel of 13 leading media observers who served as judges.
     Cal Thomas, a syndicated columnist and host of FNC's After Hours with Cal Thomas, served as Master of Ceremonies. Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, was the first presenter, followed by nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin and then Jonah Goldberg, a CNN commentator, syndicated columnist and contributing editor to National Review Online. In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest.


     Thosestanding in for the winners: Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Jeane Kirkpatrick; President of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue; American Spectator Publisher Al Regnery; conservative direct mail innovator Richard Viguerie; and national radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

     The evening began with welcoming remarks from Cal Thomas, an invocation by Reverend Vincent Rigdon, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Thomas and John Butler singing the National Anthem.



     Thomas opened the festivities by playing his favorite stupid media quotes from 2003.

     In between the third and fourth categories, the audience enjoyed a musical interlude from the Capitol Steps and following the five awards, the audience, through its cheering, clapping and Dean-like screams, picked the “Quote of the Year.”

     We would like to thank our Congressional Host Committee members as well as our our Gala and Awards Sponsors for helping to make the MRC's 2004 Annual Gala and DisHonors Awards a great success!

Videos of Award Nominees and Winners:

Baghdad Bob Award for Parroting Enemy Propaganda
See nominees and winner | See video of Joe Scarborough presenting award


The I’m Not a Geopolitical Genius But I Play One on TV Award
See nominees and winner | See video of Joe Scarborough presenting award




Ozzy Osbourne Award
(for the Wackiest Comment)

See nominees and winner | See video of Jonah Goldberg presenting award




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