The winners of this year’s MRC DisHonors Awards

The winners of this year’s MRC DisHonors Awards

MRC 2013 Gala“Media bias is not always a laughing matter,” the Media Research Center reminds attendees of its annual DisHonor Awards dinner in Washington. Indeed, some of the idiocy to emanate from the mainstream media is as groan-inducing as anything else. But oftentimes it is an utter laugh riot.

This year’s roast was no exception. I was invited to attend last Thursday by our friends at the MRC, which publishes Newsbusters, which in turn cross-posts media bias pieces appearing at LU. I had a chance to chat with Steve Hayes, who was a presenter, and James Taranto, who was there for the fun, as I was.

And it was fun, if in a perverse way. You had to feel at least a twinge of embarrassment for the likes of Chris Matthews, who was the recipient for the second year running of the “Puppy Love” award. The award is given to the “journalist” with the biggest crush on Barack Obama. The other categories included the “Barbra Streisand Celebrity Dumb Ass Award” (won this year by Bill Maher), the “Dan Rather Memorial Award for Stupidest Analysis” (Melissa Harris-Perry edged out Deborah Feyerick and Bob Herbert), and the “Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award” (Jonathan Alter was victorious over Michael Eric Dyson and the aforementioned “Tingles”).

To give readers a flavor of the event, below are videos and transcripts of the runners-up of the “Puppy Love” award, Piers Morgan and Diane Sawyer, as well as that of the winner. Feel free to decide whether you agree.

People see you putting on this event, they heard you at the convention make a barn-storming speech, an incredible speech…. I was there. You electrified the place. And they all say, ‘Why do we have this goddamned 22nd Amendment? Why couldn’t Bill Clinton just run again and be President for the next 30 years?’… We’re trying to change the rules in Britain, actually, because if you can’t be President again here, we’d quite like you to be Prime Minister in our country. Are you available if it comes to it, if I get this through?

Last stand. Secretary Hillary Clinton, filled with fiery emotion in her last appearance before Congress…. The indignation. And then, the tears in her eyes. [Hillary Clinton: ‘I put my arms around the mothers and fathers and the wives left alone to raise their children.’] … It was a valedictory that showed her indignation and emotion as she ends this tenure on the public stage.

His [Barack Obama] whole life has been crystal clear, and clean as a whistle and transparent. We know his whole life, through all the great, excellent education he’s had, the good pro bono work he’s done throughout his life. He’s never been a money-grubber. He’s never done anything wrong in his life — legally, ethically, whatever. His family is picture-perfect. The way he’s raised those daughters. Everything is clean as a whistle. And yet, they just refer to him as evil. They just refer to him as a liar. I’ve got to believe it’s ethnic with these people. They just got a problem with this guy being President. Is there any other evidence to justify why they keep calling him a bad man?

The remaining awards and video clips, including the presentations, can be found here.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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