April 11, 2008
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“Wins” Quote of the Year for Worst Liberal Bias of 2007
DisHonors also go to Keith
Olbermann, Bill Maher and McClatchy News Service
The Media Research Center today announces the worst liberal
reporting awards from its 2008 DisHonors Awards Gala held
last night at the Grand Hyatt Washington. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and
Keith Olbermann, the McClatchy News Service and HBO’s Bill Maher
“won” in their respective categories for their superlative bias. The
competition was fierce, but a panel of distinguished judges –
including Bob Novak, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham,
Tony Blankley, Larry Kudlow and MRC’s own President Brent Bozell --
weeded through hundreds of bad journalists and thousands of
lowlights to select the honorees.
“Quote of the
Year” was chosen by the over 1,000 guests in attendance, and was
awarded to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for his shameless veneration of
Bill Clinton –likening a speech of his to that of “Jesus in the
temple.” Matthews also secured the “Barack Obama Sends a Thrill Up
My Leg Award” for his gushing over Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Below is a full
list of the 2008 awards, winners, and the quotes that earned them
their respective DisHonors.
After the DisHonors,
there were the Honors. Tony Snow was presented the second
annual “William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence”. And
the evening concluded with a tribute to late Navy Lieutenant Michael
Murphy, who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor for his valor and self-sacrifice to save his SEAL team in
Afghanistan. Lt. Murphy's father and brother were in attendance and
accepted a $1,000,000 gift in their son’s name for the Congressional
Medal of Honor Foundation, given in heartfelt gratitude by
businessman Boone Pickens.
www.Eyeblast.tv to access audio and video clips of the evening,
along with Quote of the Year and all other award winning quotes.
Award Winning Quotes
The How We Adore
*Winner of Quote of the Year
watched him [former President Bill Clinton] at Mrs. King's funeral,
I just have never seen anything like it....There are times when he
sounds like Jesus in the temple. I mean, amazing ability to
transcend ethnicity — race, we call it, it's really ethnicity — in
this country and, and speak to us all in this amazingly primordial
way." — MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Hardball, February 28,
The Barack Obama Gives
a Thrill Up My Leg Award
come from a white family and a black family, and he's married to a
black woman, and they're cool people. They are really cool. They are
Jack and Jackie Kennedy when you see them together. They are cool.
And they're great-looking, and they're cool and they're young, and
they're — everything seems to be great....He may not win this thing
because everybody in America is not going to be in a room with him
somewhere. And it doesn't quite -- It worked with you on TV, but I
tell you when you're in the room, it's just like one of those things
like Hillary Clinton, if you're in the room you understand what a
likable person she is. If you're in with Obama, you feel the spirit.
Moving." — MSNBC's Chris Matthews talking about Democratic
candidate Barack Obama on NBC's Tonight Show, January 16, 2008.
Dan Rather Memorial
Award for the Stupidest Analysis
violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch"
— Headline over an October 16, 2007 story by McClatchy News
Service reporters Jay Price and Qasim Zein.
"Everything you said about [withdrawing some troops from] Iraq
yesterday, and everything you will say, is a deception, for the
purpose of this one cynical, unacceptable, brutal goal: perpetuating
this war indefinitely. War today, war tomorrow, war forever! And you
are playing at it! Playing! A man with any self respect, having
inadvertently revealed such an evil secret, would have already
resigned and fled the country!...Mr. Bush, our presence in Iraq must
end, even if it means your resignation, even if it means your
impeachment....This country cannot run the risk of what you can
still do to this country in the next 500 days." — MSNBC Countdown
anchor Keith Olbermann addressing President Bush in a "Special
Comment," September 4, 2007.
The I'm Not a
Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award
just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live.
That's a fact." — Host Bill Maher on his HBO show Real Time,
March 2, 2007 discussing how a few commentators at a left-wing blog
were upset that an attempt to kill Vice President Dick Cheney in
Afghanistan had failed.
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