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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006

Ted Turner “Wins” MRC’s Award for
Worst Liberal Bias

DisHonors also go to Chris Matthews, Jack Cafferty and Rosie O’Donnell

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WASHINGTON D.C.–The Media Research Center today announces the worst liberal reporting awards from their 6th annual DisHonors Awards gala held last night at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Ted Turner, Chris Matthews, Jack Cafferty and Rosie O’Donnell “won” for their superlative bias. Judges included Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Steve Forbes, Brent Bozell and other distinguished conservatives.

Quote of the year was chosen by the 950 guests in attendance and was awarded to Ted Turner for his ridiculous analysis of North Korea. Below is a full list of the 2006 awards, winners and the quotes that earned them their respective DisHonors. Audio and visual clips are available at www.mrc.org.

Excerpts from 2006 DisHonors Award Winners’ Quotes

Aaron Brown Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis and Quote of the Year winner – Ted Turner, for declaring his faith in the good intentions of North Korea's despotic communist dictatorship.

Turner: “Well, hey, listen. I saw a lot of people over there. They were thin and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars, but …”
Blitzer: “A lot of those people are starving.”
Turner: “I didn’t see any, I didn’t see any brutality …”
— Exchange on CNN’s The Situation Room, September 19.

Cindy Sheehan Media Hero Award – Chris Matthews for claiming Sheehan is more informed than Congress.

Cindy Sheehan: "We’re not going to cure terrorism and spread peace and good will in the Middle East by killing innocent people ... I see Iraq as the base for spreading imperialism...."
Host Chris Matthews: "Are you considering running for Congress, Cindy?"
Sheehan: "No, not this time...."
Matthews: "Okay. Well, I have to tell you, you sound more informed than most U.S. Congresspeople, so maybe you should run."
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 15.

Send Bush to Abu Ghraib Award – Jack Cafferty for wishing Karl Rove was indicted.

CNN’s Jack Cafferty: “[If Karl Rove is indicted], He might want to, he might want to get measured for one of those extra large orange jump suits … I love, I love to see those kinds of things happen. It does wonders for me."
— CNN’s The Situation Room, October 17.

I’m Not a Geopolitical Genius But I Play One on TV Award – Rosie O’Donnell for sharing her expert opinion on President Bush committing alleged war crimes.

Rosie O’Donnell: "This President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague.”
— Exchange on FNC’s At Large with Geraldo Rivera, April 30.

Slam Uncle Sam Award – Chris Matthews praising Jane Fonda's "objective" views on the Vietnam War
Actress Jane Fonda: “… But horrible things happened … we shouldn’t have been there [Vietnam]. So, you know, from that point of view, no, they weren’t good guys. They did bad things, just like we did. But we should never have been there."
Host Chris Matthews: "But there were a lot of people, Jane, who are very, a lot of people who are very gung-ho American, very patriotic, thought that war was a mistake at the time and later. But they can’t imagine slipping out of their American skin, their American soul and becoming so objective, as you just were a minute ago, to put yourself above both us and the Vietnamese and saying, ‘I find the Vietnamese were objectively the good guys.’ How do you step out of being an American to make such an objective judgment?"
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Hardball on April 15. Fonda was promoting her new book, My Life So Far.

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