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Media Research Center Picks Worst Media Offense of the Year


For the 21st year in a row, the Media Research Center has rounded up Notable Quotables. The conservative media watchdog group typically chronicles the perceived liberal media bias. This year, winners were selected for categories such as: The Obamagasm Award, Pummeling Palin Award, Obamalot Award, and Pay Up Patriots Award.

Here's who won the Quote of the Year Award:

  • The Winner: Chris Matthews during primary coverage in February “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My — I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often."
  • Runner-up: A postelection headline from Reuters “Media bias largely unseen in US presidential race”
  • Runner-up: Bill Maher on the mother of Trig Palin “I’m not that convinced that that’s her baby. . . . The daughter — who we know is fertile because she’s knocked up again, or maybe for the first time . . . she did like take a five-month leave from high school because she had [uses fingers to indicate quote marks] ‘mononucleosis’ right around the time the baby was being born. And the mother, the so-called, you know, okay, maybe it is the mother, but, you know, she was back to work three days later. You don’t smell something?...It’s not like they’re not willing to lie about everything else.”
  • Runner-up: ABC's Sam Champion teasing a segment on Good Morning America “Could global warming one day force us into space to live?”
    • Do you find these quotes to be among the worst of reporting of 2008? I might have added the "terrorist fist jab" moment to the list!

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