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.
[begin video clip]
BILL WEIR, ABC News from January 20, 2009: We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because, regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy.
WEIR: From above, even the seagulls must have been awed by the blanket of humanity.
[laughter from co-hosts and Bozell]
HUDDY: That's where you got me, even the seagulls.
DOOCY: Even the seagulls!
On a more serious note, Bozell and the "Fox & Friends" crew also talked about Brit Hume being honored with the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.
DOOCY: Why'd you pick Brit Hume?
BOZELL: He brought the house down with a huge standing ovation. The man really deserved the honor. He really is one of the best in the business. We've always maintained that, and on top of that, he's just a hell of a guy. Huge standing ovation last night for Brit Hume.
DOOCY: That's great.
KILMEADE: We had him on yesterday on the Brian & Judge Radio Show and he was all pumped up for this. And in terms of his career, he hasn't really retired. He's still coming in four days a week!
BOZELL: He told me last night how many hours he's working every week and I looked at him and said, "I thought you were retired." And he looked at me and said, "I thought I was too."