See, Hear, Speak No Balance:
Harris Gets her Due
An editorial in the January 18 Pittsburgh
Big doings here Thursday night in the
nation's capital. But we doubt you'll read or hear much -- anything? --
about it in the mainstream liberal media this morning.
As "official Washington" enjoyed
the last full week of the holiday recess (the second session of the
107th Congress bows Wednesday), conservatives gathered in the atrium of
the Reagan International Trade Center for the 2002 Dishonors Awards.
The brainchild of Sunday Trib columnist L.
Brent Bozell III and his Media
Research Center, the event roasted "the most outrageously
biased liberal reporters of the year."
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris
was on hand to accept the "Sore Loser Award" for refusing to
"concede" Al Gore's "victory"
in Florida. Of course, she couldn't have been bestowed such an honor
without a lot of help from CBS News anchor Dan Rather. To wit, a few of
the Ratherisms featured at last night's festivities:
- "Nineteen days after the presidential
election, Florida's Republican secretary of state is about to announce
the winner -- as she sees it and she decrees it...." - "The
reason we're on the air right across the board nationally right now is
because Florida's secretary of state -- a Republican, as we've mentioned
before -- campaigned actively for George Bush, well-connected to Gov.
Bush's governor brother Jeb Bush of Florida...."
- "The believed certification -- as the
Republican secretary of state sees it -- is coming just hours after a
court-ordered deadline for counties to submit their hand count and
"What's happening here is the certification -- as the Florida
secretary of state sees it and decrees it -- is being signed.... After
this, it will be, at least in the opinion of the secretary of state,
that the results will be final...."
It was a night recognizing how bad the see-,
hear- and speak-no-balance liberal media really is. How refreshing it
would be if the 2003 Dishonors Awards had to be canceled for lack of
nominees. But we're not holding our breath.
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