Wednesday, December 21, 2005
The 18th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting
Media Research Center just came out with their "18th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting." It's funny, it's depressing, it's eye-opening. I can't believe what people who call themselves journalists get away with saying. Yes it's a free country, but personal opinion and journalism are not one in the same. That's what the editorial page is for.
My favorite quotes referenced are:
"It's like he [President Bush] stuck a broomstick in his [FDR's] wheelchair wheels."
- Newsweek's Jon Meacham on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning May 9, discussing Bush's criticism of Roosevelt's Yalta deal with Stalin on post-war Europe.
"Do I need to be concerned that I'm going to go live with a church family, are they going to proselytize me, are they going to say, 'You better come to church with me or else, I'm, you know, you're not going to get your breakfast this morning'?"
- Co-host Harry Smith asking author/pastor Rick Warren about church families taking in those displaced by Hurricane Katrina, on CBS's Early Show, September 6.
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.
"It's been 11 days since two African-American teenagers were killed, electrocuted during a police chase, which prompted all of this."
- Anchor Carol Lin after a Nov. 6 CNN Sunday Night story about riots in France. The two teenagers were not Americans, but French citizens of Tunisian heritage.
And my #1 personal favorite...
Ted Turner: "I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are absolutely sincere. There's really no reason for them to cheat [on nukes]....I looked them right in the eyes. And they looked like they meant the truth. You know, just because somebody's done something wrong in the past doesn't mean they can't do right in the future or the present. That happens all the, all the time."
Wolf Blitzer: "But this is one of the most despotic regimes and Kim Jong-Il is one of the worst men on Earth. Isn't that a fair assessment?"
Turner: "Well, I didn't get to meet him, but he didn't look - in the pictures that I've seen of him on CNN, he didn't look too much different than most other people."
Blitzer: "But, look at the way, look at the way he's, look at the way he's treating his own people."
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, Sept. 19.
posted by El Capitan at 10:43 AM
Man, some things are just too good to be fiction...you can't make up stuff that good...no wonder the idiot married Jane Fonda.1:35 AM