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Sunday, December 26, 2010
MRC's Hypocritical Awards
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has released this year's verison of its "awards for the year's worst reporting," and as in years past, it's a little lame. This year, though, brings the added whiff of hypocrisy.

This year's "quote of the year" is Chris Matthewsfor saying that "I get the same thrill up my leg, all over me, every time" from listening to President Obama talk about his background. Meanwhile, sycophantic remarks about a conservative, even when it's said by someone the MRC despises, get a pass. At the same time the MRC was releasing its award list, didn't even see fit to clip Joe Scarborough -- whom the MRC regularly Heathers for being insufficiently obsequient to right-wing talking points -- proclaiming that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "reduces me to a 14-year-old girl at a Beatles concert."

Is that really somehow less worthy of mention than Matthews' statement? (Who, by the way, was not "reporting" when he made that statement, thus disqualifying it by the MRC's own standards.)

The MRC also gave a "No Wonder It Sold For $1 Award" for "Newsweek's priceless bias." Unmentioned by the MRC: Oneof its favorite publications, the Washington Times, also sold for $1. And not just to anyone -- back to its founder and cult leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon. And the Times' bias far outstrips that of Newsweek.

Attacking liberals for doing things it ignores when conservatives do them? Who expects anything else from the MRC?

Posted by Terry K. at 2:33 AM EST

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