The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting
- Best of NQ 2012 Home
- The Throwing Granny Off a Cliff Award for Portraying Romney and Ryan as Heartless
- The Obamagasm Award
- The "Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste" Award for Exploiting Tragedy to Promote Liberalism
- The Sandra Fluke Award for Promoting Obama's Phony “War on Women”
- The Ku Klux Con Job Award for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges
- The Politics of Personal Destruction Award for Ripping Romney
- Damn Those Conservatives Award
- Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews
- The True But False Award for Fatuous Fact Checking
- The Move Along, Nothing to See Here Award for Burying Obama’s Benghazi Scandal
- The Media Hero Award
- The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year
- MSNBC = Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award
- Good Morning Morons Award
- The Denying the Obvious Award for Refusing to Acknowledge Liberal Bias
- The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity
- Quote of the Year
- 2012 NQ Judges
In addition to discussions on numerous radio talk shows where hosts cited quotes or interviewed MRC representatives, the Best of NQ Awards issue has been highlighted by these outlets:
- FNC's Hannity on December 17 played several clips with MRC President Brent Bozell as a guest to offer comment. Video
- FNC's Fox NewsWatch on December 29 highlighted the winners in two categories. Video
- Washington Examiner, "Washington Secrets" by Paul Bedard on December 18: "Mainstream scream of year: MSNBC Harris-Perry host slaps July 4th"
- Washington Times, "Inside the Beltway" by Jennifer Harper on December 18: "Eternal Gas Bag"
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, column by L. Brent Bozell III on December 23: "Media’s most notorious quotes for 2012"
- Denver Post, column by Mike Rosen on December 27: "Another year of liberal media bias"
- Waterbury (CT) Republican-American, January 1, 2013 editorial: "Chronicles of Bias XXV"
- World magazine, by Marvin Olasky on November 30: "Silver anniversary of bias watching"
- World magazine, by Marvin Olasky on December 1: "Getting it wrong"
- The American Spectator, by Quin Hillyer December 4 on Spectator.org: "Poisoned Pens, Poisoned Lenses: The Establishment media’s sickness unto death"
- Watchdog.org, by Patrick B. McGuigan on December 17: "Notable Quotables analysis documents legacy media bias"
- PowerLine blog, by John Hinderaker on December 17: "Most Outrageous Reporting of 2012"
Good Morning Morons Award
Bill Press (68 points)
“I mean, when you think about it, it’s ‘bombs bursting in air,’ ‘rocket’s red glare,’ it’s all kinds of — you know a lot of national anthems are that way, too — all kinds of military jargon, and the land — there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free,’ which is kind of nice, and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know….Are we [Americans] the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean, all the brave people live here. I mean, it’s just stupid, I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”
— Former CNN and MSNBC host Bill Press on his Full Court Press nationally-syndicated radio show, June 5. [MP3 Audio]
Chris Hayes (57 points)
“I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words ‘heroes.’… I feel comfortable — ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war, and I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that.”
— Host Chris Hayes talking about “The Meaning of Memorial Day” on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes, May 27. (The next day, he apologized in a statement posted on MSNBC.com: “I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself.”) [MP3 Audio]
Melissa Harris-Perry (53 points)
“The land on which they [the Founders] formed this Union was stolen. The hands with which they built this nation were enslaved. The women who birthed the citizens of the nation are second class….This is the imperfect fabric of our nation, at times we’ve torn and stained it, and at other moments, we mend and repair it. But it’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us.”
— MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on her eponymous July 1 program, delivering what she called “my footnote for the Fourth of July.” [MP3 Audio]
Ann Curry (33 points)
“It’s about those with money having an easier life than those who don’t. And there’s something fundamentally unfair about that. Not everyone has access to being able to get money, to work for money….Until America becomes fair in terms of how able people are — can be to make money, until the playing field is fair, it is unfair.”
— Co-host Ann Curry talking about a new book on financial ethics on NBC’s Today, April 25. [MP3 Audio]