ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The Media Research Center today awarded New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger the dubious honor of the worst Quote of the Year for 2006, for a left-wing rant Sulzberger delivered in a college commencement address in May, in which he apologized for what he claimed was the backwardness of American social and foreign policies. The Times also picked up a win in the Slam Uncle Sam Award, included in The Best Notable Quotables of 2006, the 19th Annual Awards for the Years Worst Reporting. The awards were determined by a panel of 58 judges made up of editorial writers, columnists, radio talk show hosts and political commentators. To read all the award-winning quotes, along with many audio and video clips of broadcast media quotes, please visit www.mrc.org.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MRCs 2006 AWARDS:
Quote of the Year
It wasnt supposed to be this way. You werent supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You werent supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether its the rights of immigrants to start a new life, or the rights of gays to marry, or the rights of women to choose. You werent supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You werent. But you are. And for that, Im sorry.
New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.s May 21 graduation address at the State University of New York at New Paltz, shown on C-SPAN May 27.
Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam.
Co-host Rosie ODonnell on ABCs The View, September 12.
I dont support our troops....When you volunteer
for the U.S. military, you pretty much know youre not going to be
fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So youre willingly
signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better
or worse....Im not advocating that we spit on returning veterans
like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldnt be celebrating
people for doing something we dont think was a good idea.
Los Angeles Times columnist and former Time staff writer Joel Stein in a January 24 column.
Madness of King George Award for Bush Bashing
Anchor Wolf Blitzer: Lets get some words of wisdom from Jack Cafferty. Hes in New York right now. Jack?
CNNs Jack Cafferty: I dont know about wisdom, but youll get a little outrage. We better all hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because he might be all thats standing between us and a full-blown dictatorship in this country.
CNNs The Situation Room, May 11.
Bring Back the Iron Curtain Award
For all its flaws, life in Castros Cuba has its comforts....many Cubans take pride in their free education system, high literacy rates and top-notch doctors. Ardent Castro supporters say life in the United States, in contrast, seems selfish, superficial, and despite its riches ultimately unsatisfying.
Associated Press writer Vanessa Arrington in an August 4 dispatch, Some Cubans enjoy comforts of communism.
Media Hero Award
You can see it in the crowds. The thrill, the hope. How they surge toward him. Youre looking at an American political phenomenon. In state after state, in the furious final days of this crucial campaign, Illinois Senator Barack Obama has been the Democrats not-so-secret get-out-the-vote weapon....Everywhere he goes, people want him to run for President, especially in Iowa, cradle of presidential contenders. Around here, theyre even naming babies after him.
ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran, November 6.
Slam Uncle Sam Award
Our government had turned its energy and attention away from upholding the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and other places around the world. And lets not forget the sustained assault on womens reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism.
New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse in a June 9 speech at Harvards Radcliffe Institute.
OTHER AWARD CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
Politics of Meaninglessness Award for the Silliest Analysis Former CBS and NBC morning host Bryant Gumbel on his HBO program Real Sports
Terrorists Have Rights Too Award for Condemning Domestic Spying ABC Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer
Drowning Polar Bear Award for Promoting Gores Inconvenient Truth Then-NBC Today co-host Katie Couric
Pain at the Pump Award for Bashing Big Oil CBS News Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi
Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity Singer/Activist Harry Belafonte
Cranky Dinosaur Award for Trashing the New Media MSNBCs Keith Olbermann
State of Denial Award for Refusing to Acknowledge Liberal Bias Fired CBS News Anchor Dan Rather
Recognizing the Obvious Award for Admitting Theres Liberal Media Bias Former Washington Post political reporter Thomas Edsall
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