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MRC's DisHonor Awards
  Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 200
Thursday, April 21, 2005
The J.W. Marriott Hotel

     Cal Thomas, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Neal Boortz, Zell Miller and T. Boone Pickens highlighted the presentations and acceptances of MRC’s “2005 DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2004,” which were presented on Thursday night, April 21, before an audience of more than 950 -- the MRC’s largest crowd ever -- packed into the Grand Ballroom of the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Cal Thomas
5:24 min - 8.91 MB
Cal Thomas opens the evening's festivities before the dinner

     Following the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in five categories, a look at the Best of the Worst of Dan Rather and the audience picking the Quote of the Year, we presented a 12-minute video tribute to the Swift Boat Vets and POWs for Truth. MRC President L. Brent Bozell then honored a founder of the group, John O’Neill, with the MRC’s Conservative of the Year Award

     DisHonors Awards winners were selected by a distinguished panel of 16 leading media observers, including Rush Limbaugh, who served as judges.


FNC's Sean Hannity
10:07 min - 16.6 MB
Sean Hannity's opening remarks

     Cal Thomas, a syndicated columnist and host of FNC's After Hours with Cal Thomas, served as Master of Ceremonies. Sean Hannity, co-host of FNC’s Hannity & Colmes and a national radio talk show host, was the first presenter of nominee videos and announcement of the winner, followed by author Ann Coulter and then Atlanta-based nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz. 

     In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: Colin McNickle of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the target of Teresa Heinz Kerry’s “shove it” remark; renowned businessman T. Boone Pickens; national radio talk show host Janet Parshall; Midge Decter, author and conservative intellectual; and former U.S. Senator Zell Miller.

     The evening began with welcoming remarks from Cal Thomas, an invocation by Reverend Vincent Rigdon and the Pledge of Allegiance led by MRC Trustee Dick Eckburg.

8:02 min - 13.2 MB
Ann Coulter presents the "Best of the Worst" of Dan Rather

     After the second award category, we paid tribute to Reed Irvine, the founder of Accuracy in Media who passed away last year, and then Ann Coulter narrated a video review of Dan Rather’s worst bias. Later, Cal Thomas urged the audience to put Peter Jennings in their prayers. To introduce acceptor Colin McNickle, attendees watched videos of Teresa Heinz Kerry’s “shove it” attack of him and, leading into Zell Miller, attendees were treated to video of the Miller/Chris Matthews “duel” exchange from MSNBC’s Republican convention coverage.

Videos of Award Nominees and Winners:



Al Franken Award for the Stupidest Analysis
See Nominees and Winner | See video of Ann Coulter presenting award


The I’m Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award
See nominees and winner | See video of Neal Boortz presenting award



  • Media Coverage:
    MRC's Brent Bozell on FNC's Hannity & Colmes, with video of gala, April 29.   See video



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