MRC’s DisHonors Awards/Gala on C-SPAN2 Tonight (Friday)
UPDATE: C-SPAN2 (not C-SPAN but C-SPAN2) will re-play the MRC’s “25th Anniversary Gala and 2012 DisHononors Awards” which took place last week, Friday night at 10:58 PM PDT. That's early Saturday morning (1:58 AM EDT, 12:58 AM CDT, 11:58 PM Friday night MDT). It lasts just over two-and-a-half hours.
C-SPAN2 first ran it Friday night at 8 PM EDT. NEW: C-SPAN.org has posted its video of the event.
What you’ll see on C-SPAN2 from the MRC’s event held on Thursday, September 27:
Chris Plante, Laura Ingraham, Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, Cal Thomas, Tony Perkins, Reince Priebus, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Lynn and Foster Friess and a performance by The Davisson Brothers Band, highlighted the MRC's "25th Anniversary Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporting," presented on Thursday night, September 27, before a boisterous audience of one thousand at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in four categories and a look at some "funny clips," the audience assigned the "Worst Reporter in the History of Man Award." MRC President Brent Bozell led the audience in watching compilations of the most obnoxious bias from Dan Rather, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Brian Williams. He then asked the audience to show their derision via jeers and noisemakers and, after a head-to-head comparison of audience opinion toward Couric and Rather, Couric was declared the clear winner.
The MRC also honored the late Andrew Breitbart with the MRC's sixth annual "William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence." Cal Thomas, who earned the honor in 2011, presented the award to Breitbart's father-in-law, Orson Bean.
DisHonors Awards winners were selected by a distinguished panel of 12 leading media observers, including Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, David Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Walter E. Williams and Thomas S. Winter.
Chris Plante, a talk show host on Washington, DC's WMAL, served as Master of Ceremonies. Laura Ingraham, a nationally-syndicated talk radio host and the principal substitute host of The O'Reilly Factor, presented the first two awards; followed by Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes who handled the "funnies," and National Review Online founding editor Jonah Goldberg, who presented the third and fourth award categories.
To mark the MRC's 25th anniversary, each award category was introduced with a "through the years" video retrospective of the worst bias on that topic over the MRC's first 25 years.
In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List; and conservative philanthropists Foster and Lynn Friess.
When Bozell came to the podium for the "Worst Reporter in the History of Man," he was soon interrupted by Karl Ottosen of the MRC's Board of Directors. He introduced Fein who presented Bozell with a plaque commemorating his 25 years leading the MRC.