The Brian Stelter Memorial Award for Worst Quote of the Year

December 18th, 2023 9:45 AM

It was a challenging task, but an esteemed panel of NewsBusters editors led by MRC President L. Brent Bozell and MRC’s Vice President for Research and Publications Brent Baker, boiled down all the biased outbursts from lefty hack hosts, anchors, reporters and pundits in 2023 and declared a winner.

This year the winner is Joe Scarborough! 

The MSNBC host won for his absurd and dire prediction that if Donald Trump wins re-election he will “imprison” and “execute” his political opponents. The former Republican Congressman, on the November 21 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe also claimed that the federal judiciary was the “only thing that stood between” Trump and “the destruction of American democracy” when he was in office. 

MRC President L.Brent Bozell announced: “Joe Scarborough spews out this kind of insanity every morning. But this particular attack on President Trump and his supporters was so absurd it managed to stand out from the everyday nonsense you typically hear from Joe, Mika and the rest of his crazy leftist cronies on that tire fire of a show.” 

Scarborough was full of crazy rants in the AM this year. He also claimed Trump would wipe out the “free press.”  He dismissed President Joe Biden’s many senior moments as he bragged that “behind closed doors” Biden is “sharp” and “on top of everything” and has made “Europe safe for democracy.” Scarborough also shamed GOP House members as a bunch of “weirdos, insurrectionists and freaks” for trying to impeach the President over “Biden crime family nonsense.”

Without further ado, here is the winner (followed by the top runners-up): 




“The only thing that stood between him [Donald Trump] and the destruction of American democracy was the federal judiciary. He will do, he will get away with, he will imprison, he will execute whoever he is allowed to imprison, execute, drive from the country.”
— Co-host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, November 21




“I want this to be really clear. There has not been a more destructive force in the American jurisprudence in the last 30 years than Clarence Thomas’s wife. They’re the most destructive force in American jurisprudence. Those two together, they form like a Voltron of evil.” 
— MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 11.



“If you have a heart, what happened to the 29-year-old father [Tyre Nichols], skateboarder, FedEx driver and amateur photographer should outrage you. It should shock and disgust you. As should the so-called brothers who chose to behave like a little blue gang rather than as black men. But it damn sure shouldn’t surprise you. What happened to Tyre Nichols was as American as apple pie.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, January 30.



“There are lots of people that are perfectly happy with black people being murdered on a regular basis….They’re happy to see black people be killed…To politicians like [Florida Governor] Ron DeSantis….black people being killed is just the cost of doing American business.”
— MSNBC political contributor Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, February 1.



“Report: Ron DeSantis Will Formally Announce His 2024 Bid With Elon Musk, Because Apparently David Duke Wasn’t Available”
— Headline to May 23 Vanity Fair article.