A panel of 50 judges -- reporters, editorial writers, columnists and radio talk show hosts -- has chosen this year's 11th annual Media Research Center awards for the worst reporting or most biased commentary (served up in the guise of being objective and non-partisan).
The quote of the year, which we can't publish in its entirety in a family newspaper, was made July 7 by former Time magazine contributor Nina Burleigh in The New York Observer:
After lewdly noting she would eagerly welcome from President Clinton the kind of attention he gave Monica Lewinsky, Burleigh went on to comment, "I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs."
Here are some of the runner-up Notable Quotables:
"It finally dawned on me that the person Ken Starr has reminded me of facially all this time was (Nazi murderer) Heinrich Himmler, including the glasses." -- Keith Olbermann, The Big Show, MSNBC, Aug. 18.
"In the unlikely event he is pushed from office, it would take only weeks, maybe days, before a vast national remorse would set it. We destroyed our lovable rogue prince of prosperity over this? Clinton would become a martyr to a legal system run amok." -- Jonathan Alter, senior editor, Newsweek, Aug. 24.
"Where does Lewinsky fit into this conspiracy theory? Is she victimizing the president or is she victim to him?" -- Bryant Gumbel to James Carville, Public Eye, CBS, Jan. 28.
"The Christian Right, per se, and some particular members on Capitol Hill, have helped inflame the air so that the air that these bad people breathed that night was filled, filled with the idea that somehow gays were different, and only are they different in that difference, they're bad and not only are they bad they are evil and therefore can be destroyed... I mentioned Trent Lott, Jesse Helms and Dick Armey particularly. The Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and the Concerned Women for America..." -- Deborah Mathis of Gannett News Service, Inside Washington, WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17.
"Who has ever been punished more for adultery in this country? I mean, you have to go to Saudi Arabia to see people shamed the way the president was. And I think it was nobody's business." -- Margaret Carlson of Time on NBC's Today Show, Aug. 19.
"Women who've been polled seem to put it behind them as well, and are willing to move on and forget about it. Is that because Bill Clinton's been such a great president who they elected in great part, or is there something... almost sexy about a man who can get away with things over and over again?" -- Lisa McRee to Deborah Tannen, Good Morning America, ABC, Aug. 18.
"Twinkle, twinkle Kenneth Starr, now we see how crude you are/ Up above your jury high, like the judge up in the sky/When you drag the agents in, when you bully moms and kin/Then you kiss the treacherous Tripp, twinkle, twinkle D.C. drip/Twinkle, twinkle little Starr, now we see how small you are." -- Geraldo Rivera, CNBC, July 21..
"The Communist Manifesto is well worth the $12 that Verso is asking. Despite the hype, its message is a timeless one that bears repeating every century or so: The meek shall triumph and the mighty shall fall; the hungry and exhausted will get restless and someday -- someday! -- rise up against their oppressors. The prophet Isiah said something like this, and so, a little more recently, did Jesus." -- Barbara Ehrenreich of Time in a book review for the Web site Salon, April 30.
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