Best Notable Quotables: Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

Each year, the Media Research Center compiles the most outrageous and/or humorous news media quotes from the preceding year, as determined by a panel of leading media observers (radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, and editorial writers). The year-end edition features video and text for the winners and top runners-up in a variety of categories, such as the “Damn Those Conservatives Award,” “The Tea Party Terrorists Award,” “The Obamagasm Award,” “The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year,” along with the “Quote of the Year.”

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2013 Quote of the Year

Martin Bashir
“One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years....In 1756, he records that ‘a slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners’ savagery and inhumanity....When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”

— MSNBC host Martin Bashir on November 15, reacting to Sarah Palin’s comparison of excessive debt to slavery. Bashir apologized the following Monday, but MSNBC permitted him to stay on the air that entire week. After an extended Thanksgiving “vacation,” he quit on December 4. 


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