Fox Newswatch Highlights Couric & Klein in MRC's Awards for Worst Reporting

<div style="float: right"><object width="250" height="202"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd2GkUIrkU&amp;c1=0xCE4717&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd2GkUIrkU&amp;c1=0xCE4717&... type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="250" height="202"></embed></object></div><p>Saturday's Fox Newswatch on FNC highlighted two “winners” in the MRC's “<a href="http://mrc.org/notablequotables/bestof/2009/default.aspx" target="_blank">Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The 22nd Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting</a>.” (Posting <a href="/blogs/nb-staff/2009/12/21/mrc-announces-awards-worst-media-performance-2009">on NewsBusters</a>) Viewers were treated to Katie Couric pining to Barack Obama: “You're so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, damn, this is hard?” FNC host Jon Scott announced “her performance there garnered the Media Research Center's '<b><a href="http://mrc.org/notablequotables/bestof/2009/category.aspx?page=10" target="_blank">Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews</a></b>.'” Scott also pointed out how Time magazine's Joe Klein won the “<b><a href="http://mrc.org/notablequotables/bestof/2009/category.aspx?page=2" target="_blank">Master of His Domain Award for Obama Puffery</a></b>” for his cover story on Barack Obama’s first 100 days.<br /><br />Panelist Rich Lowry of National Review, picking up on Ellis Henican's description of both quotes as “icky,” soon observed they were hardly an aberration: “If you go to the Media Research Center Web site and look at every single video clip from the inauguration” you'll see “every single one of them is icky from every single major media outlet. They were in love with this guy and they still are -- most of them.”</p><p>Audio: <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/12/2009-12-26-FNC-NWAT... clip</a> (45 secs)<br /><!--break--><br />(<a href="/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2009/12/26/fox-news-watch-cites-mrc-s-best-notable-quotables-2009">Earlier NB item</a> with more on this segment)<br /><br />From the December 26 Fox Newswatch:</p><blockquote>KATIE COURIC, JULY 22: You're so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, damn, this is hard?<br /><br />JON SCOTT: That's Katie Couric earlier this year with President Obama. Her performance there garnered the Media Research Center's “Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews.” The MRC acknowledging more achievements in its annual awards for the year's worst reporting. The “Master of His Domain Award for Obama Puffery” goes to Time's Joe Klein for his May 4th cover story on Barack Obama's first 100 days as President.  <br /><br />...<br /><br />RICH LOWRY, RESPONDING TO ELLIS HENICAN: If you go to the Media Research Center Web site and look at every single video clip from the inauguration and in your word icky, every single one of them is icky from every single major media outlet. They were in love with this guy and they still are – most of them.</blockquote>

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center