Pres. Obama and Jay Leno share a laugh on the Tonight Show, March 19, 2009. Photo Reuters/Larry Downing
The Media Research Center (MRC) today proudly announces that HBO's Bill Maher is the "Winner" of Quote of the Year for tastelessly suggesting that Sarah Palin's teenage daughter Bristol was the actual birth mother of her infant son, Trig. Maher was selected by the more than 800 attendees of the MRC's annual DisHonors Awards Gala, held last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Maher-- winner of the Half-Baked Alaska Award for Pummeling Palin -- beat out MSNBC's Chris Matthews (the Media Messiah Award), CNN founder Ted Turner (the Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis) and ABC's Bill Weir (the Obamagasm Award).
We hope Chris Matthews isn't too jealous of Bill Weir. Conquering fierce competition, the ABC reporter pulled out a victory last night in the "Obamagasm Award" at the MRC's DisHonors Awards. [audio available here]
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell chatted about the ceremony this morning on "Fox & Friends."
JULIET HUDDY, co-host: There's something called the Obamagasm Award. Who won that and explain the significance of that award?
BRENT BOZELL, MRC President: Well, the Obamagasm Award is given to that reporter who has swooned the most, and I mean there are all manner of descriptors --
BRIAN KILMEADE, co-host: Tough category here!
BOZELL: for the media's coverage.
STEVE DOOCY, co-host: Exactly right. Brent, we've got the clip, let's look at Bill Weir of ABC.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell had already been scheduled to appear on today's "Fox & Friends" to discuss last night's MRC Gala and Media DisHonors Awards, but President Barack Obama's laid a golden egg with his joke about the Special Olympics last night on NBC's "The Tonight Show." So the latest Obama gaffe and the media's interest in it was the first topic co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade asked the NewsBusters publisher about (audio available here) this morning:
KILMEADE: Brent, that comment. How big a deal?
BOZELL: Well, in the eyes of the regular press, no big deal at all. They're just simply going to overlook it. If past is prologue, they refuse to do any serious kind of journalism work on Obama, candidate or president. But, this is the kind of thing that is beginning to percolate out there. What is becoming evident is when you turn the teleprompter off, this man is capable of making all manner of mistakes, and the more he stays in the public eye, doing this type of thing without a teleprompter, the more mistakes he's going to make.
Last night's Media Research Center Gala and Media DisHonors Awards was a rousing success and was pretty darn funny to boot.
Fortunately we got it all on video over at EyeBlast.tv, the MRC's video archive home. We'll also post some of the highlights here at NewsBusters throughout the day. Stay tuned for video clips of Joe the Plumber, Brit Hume, Mark Levin, and much more.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
Topics in today's show: The Pentagon says Pakistan may become a failed state, The New York Times sells its jet, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman break up again, and Barbie turns 50. Love the show? Then help spread the word by embedding it on your blog or telling your friends on Myspace and Facebook. Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com. If we use them, we'll pay you USD $50 for each one.
Tonight is the annual Media Research Center Gala and Media DisHonors Awards dinner. It's the hottest ticket in town as the liberal media will be roasted for the worst bias of 2008.
Among the presenters and accepters are radio host Mark Levin, Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher and Andrew Breitbart of Big Hollywood.
On Monday, Fox News's Bret Baier referred to a NewsBusters piece concerning the coverage of the nationwide Tea Parties being staged to protest the profligate spending under President Obama's economic and housing recovery plans.
As NewsBusters reported Sunday, "with the exception of Fox News and CNN, no major television outlet has covered even one of these events except the original proposed by Santelli on February 19."
With this in mind, Baier began Monday's "Political Grapevine" segment (video embedded right, audio available here):
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: You tell us.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: The Cincinnati Tea Party!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Is Obama using the recession to expand the role of government?
It's baaaaaaack! And just in time for some conference championships in college basketball:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Should Republicans stop complaining and learn to control the media better?
Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with Jenine Spoliansky of the Miami Intermodal Center, a transportation project funded by the stimulus bill. March 5, 2009 (photo AP.)
Topics in today's show: Hugo Chavez calls on Obama to become a socialist. President Obama's hair is starting to turn gray, Janeanen Garafalo implies that RNC chair Michael Steele is a self-loathing black man, and the New York Times Rails against toilet paper.