Washington Times and Washington Examiner Highlight MRC's 'DisHonors Awards'

Monday’s Washington Times and Washington Examiner wrote up short items on the MRC’s Saturday night gala. “The Media Research Center's 2011 ‘Dishonors Awards’ for the most liberally biased news reporting drew so many guests on Saturday evening that it was staged in the mammoth National Building Museum,” Jennifer Harper wrote in the lead item in her Washington Times “Inside the Beltway” column.

“It was exactly what you would expect at a gala with some of the nation's most high-profile conservatives in media and politics -- a lot of Keith Olbermann jokes,” observed the Washington Examiner’s “Yeas and Nays” page where Nikki Schwab reported: “The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, celebrated the DisHonors Awards on Saturday at the National Building Museum. Talk radio host Neal Boortz and author Ann Coulter were among the presenters, which are given (tongue-in-cheek) to ‘the most outrageously biased liberal’ reporters.”

UPDATE: We’ve posted a single video with the entire program as one unit. It’s one hour and forty minutes long. For shorter clips of each part of the evening, check our DisHonors page.

From the May 9 Washington Times:

CONSERVATIVE REVELS

The Media Research Center’s 2011 “Dishonors Awards” for the most liberally biased news reporting drew so many guests on Saturday evening that it was staged in the mammoth National Building Museum. The 1,000-plus revelers feasted upon beef tenderloin, chicken medallions filled with ham and decadent chocolate mousse on a nougatine crust. They watched the likes of Ann Coulter, G. Gordon Liddy and American Spectator editor R. Emmett Tyrrell stroll through the crowd. Guests also had a goody bag full of noisemakers — slide whistles, tiny tambourines, bird tweeters — to augment the proceedings, if they felt the need. They did.

There were awards, of course, the winners determined by a panel of judges that included talk-radio gods Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Accolades such as the “Damn Those Conservatives Award” singled out journalists and pundits known for their vigorous critiques of conservatives, tea party supporters and Republicans — and their adoration of the White House.

“Yes, the press drools over President Obama like a Burmese mountain dog,” said radio host Neal Boortz, who was presenting the, uh “Obamagasm Awards” for those nominees who are particularly protective of the White House.

“Yeah, these journalists are obsessed with a president who brought us change we can step in,” Mr. Boortz observed.


From the May 9 Washington Examiner:

Coulter jabs Gaga, Cuccinelli likes Bieber

by Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams

It was exactly what you would expect at a gala with some of the nation's most high-profile conservatives in media and politics -- a lot of Keith Olbermann jokes.

The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, celebrated the DisHonors Awards on Saturday at the National Building Museum. Talk radio host Neal Boortz and author Ann Coulter were among the presenters, which are given (tongue-in-cheek) to "the most outrageously biased liberal" reporters.

Given that Coulter's upcoming book is titled "Demonic," we asked what she thought about the recent controversy started over Lady Gaga's newest single "Judas."

"Insulting Christianity -- that's very brave," Coulter said sarcastically, adding that she mentioned Lady Gaga in the book.

Coulter wasn't the only one talking pop culture at the gala. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is widely credited with spearheading the battle to repeal health care reform, is a "Belieber," to the extent of Justin Bieber's position as a pro-lifer, at least. In February, Bieber spoke out against abortion in Rolling Stone Magazine.

"It's encouraging. Obviously I'm a pro-lifer," Cuccinelli told Yeas & Nays. "You get these sort of pop culture folks and it's so against the grain for any of them to land on our side of the line. I appreciate it. And I hope he stays there."

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, accepted the "Ode to Olbermann" award. Olbermann couldn't be there to accept the award himself, King joked, "because he was busy updating his MySpace page."

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