Clarence Thomas Accepted Award on Behalf of Woman Who Wished Him Dead
>> Just one topic today, a special
once in a decade event: In a fun evening of joking and frivolity, on
Thursday night, December 9, at the Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C., the
Media Research Center presented the "Dishonor Awards for the
Decade's Most Outrageous Liberal Bias" culled from the MRC's
archive of news video and print publications from the 1990s.
a standing ovation from about 450 attendees packed into the Monarch Hotel
ballroom, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accepted the "I'm a
Compassionate Liberal But I Wish You Were All Dead Award (for media hatred
of conservatives)" for this November 4, 1994 quote from then-USA
Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on
to some all-day work Thursday by the MRC's Andy Szul, you can now watch
via RealPlayer all the television quotes, just as dinner attendees saw
them Thursday night, as prepared by Wall to Wall Video for the MRC. Plus,
text of the 19 nominees in six categories.
Here are the quotes in the order seen by those at the awards presentation Thursday night. In each of six award categories a presenter showed three or four nominees, which were determined by the judges listed in #5 below, and then announced the winner. In the place of the actual media figure a well-known conservative accepted each award in jest.
-- How Do I Hate the Gipper? Let Me Count the Ways Award, presented by Michael Reagan.
"The boom years following World War II saw the U.S. economy take off, giving rise to the growth of the great American middle class. The rising standard of living meant homes, cars, TVs, college for the kids - all in all, a piece of the American dream. But in the Reagan years, economic erosion set in, so much so that the middle class now finds itself in ever-deepening trouble." -- Bryant Gumbel on Today, January 22, 1992.
"In the plague years of the 1980s -- that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism, and idiocy - government fiddled, and medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn't need the ghettos and he didn't want the gays." -- CBS Sunday Morning TV critic John Leonard, Sept. 5, 1993.
"The amazing thing is most people seem content to believe that almost everybody had a good time in the '80s, a real shot at the dream. But the fact is, they didn't. Did we wear blinders? Did we think the '80s left t behind just the homeless? The fact is that almost nine in ten Americans actually saw their lifestyle decline." -- NBC reporter Keith Morrison, February 7, 1992 Nightly News.
"You place the responsibility for the death of your daughter squarely at the feet of the Reagan Administration. Do you believe they're responsible for that?" -- NBC reporter Maria Shriver interviewing AIDS sufferer Elizabeth Glaser, July 14, 1992 Democratic convention coverage.
+++ And the winner is....John Leonard. Accepting for Leonard: Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese.
"It's short of soap, so there are lice in the hospitals. It's short of pantyhose, so women's legs go bare. It's short of snowsuits, so babies stay home in the winter. Sometimes it's short of cigarettes so millions of people stop smoking, involuntarily. It drives everybody crazy. The problem isn't communism; nobody even talked about communism this week. The problem is shortages." -- NBC Nightly News commentator John Chancellor on the Soviet Union, Aug. 21, 1991.
"He [Ted Kaczynski] wasn't a hypocrite. He lived as he wrote. His manifesto, and there are a lot of things in it that I would agree with and a lot of other people would, that industrialization and pollution all are terrible things, but he carried it to an extreme, and obviously murder is something that is far beyond any political philosophy, but he had a bike. He didn't have any plumbing, he didn't have any electricity." -- Time Washington reporter Elaine Shannon talking about the Unabomber, April 7, 1996 C-SPAN Sunday Journal.
"It's a morbid observation, but if everyone on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem." -- Newsweek Senior Writer Jerry Adler, Dec. 31, 1990 issue.
+++ And the winner is....Elaine Shannon. Accepting for Shannon: Long-time Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger.
"Mr. President, we love you. I want to hug you, I want to hug you, please do the right thing. This is nothing, this is nothing. Thomas Jefferson did not have this in mind, I swear to God....I would give Ken Starr the Nobel Peace Prize were he to be man enough not to refer a sex lie to the House for impeachment. We'll be right back, stay tuned folks" -- Geraldo Rivera urging Clinton not to cooperate, August 6, 1998 edition of Rivera Live on CNBC.
"If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we'd take it right now and walk away winners...Thank you very much and tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we're pulling for her." -- Dan Rather at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting talking via satellite to President Clinton about his new on-air partnership with Connie Chung as co-anchor of the CBS Evening News.
"I would be happy to give him [Bill Clinton] a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs." -- Time contributor and former reporter Nina Burleigh recalling what she told the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz about her feeling toward Bill Clinton, as recounted by Burleigh in the July 20, 1998 New York Observer.
+++ And the winner is....the woman who inspired the award title, Nina Burleigh. Accepting for Burleigh, a proud member of the VRWC: Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund.
"Yes, the case is being fomented by right-wing nuts, and yes, she is not a very credible witness, and it's really not a law case at all. But Clinton has got a problem here. He has a history of womanizing that most people believe is a problem....That's a dangerous attitude to have. It lead to things like this, some sleazy woman with big hair coming out of the trailer parks....I think she's a dubious witness, I really do." -- Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Paula Jones, May 7, 1994 Inside Washington.
"Women who've been polled seem to put it behind them as well, and are willing to move on and forget about it. Is that because Bill Clinton's been such a great President whom they elected in great part, or is there something I want to say almost sexy about a man who can get away with things over and over again?" -- Good Morning America co-host Lisa McRee to Deborah Tannen, August 18, 1998.
Geraldo Rivera: "Do you believe that
they had, at least indirectly, something to do with your ex-husband, Jim
McDougal's, ultimate demise?
+++ And the winner is....Evan Thomas. Accepting for Thomas: Another member of the VRWC, American Spectator Editor-in-Chief Bob Tyrrell.
"Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming....Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the nation can't be run by an angry two-year-old." -- ABC's Peter Jennings in his radio commentary after the GOP won the House, Nov. 14, 1994.
"The bombing in Oklahoma City has focused renewed attention on the rhetoric that's been coming from the right and those who cater to angry white men. While no one's suggesting that right-wing radio jocks approve of violence, the extent to which their approach fosters violence is being questioned by many observers, including the President of the United States....The list of those the President may have had in mind is at once long and familiar. Right-wing talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Bob Grant, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, and others take to the air every day with basically the same format: detail a problem, blame the government or a group, and invite invective from like-minded people....Never do most of the radio hosts encourage outright violence, but the extent to which their attitudes may embolden or encourage some extremists has clearly become an issue." -- Today co-host Bryant Gumbel, April 25, 1995.
"Next week on ABC's World News Tonight, a series of reports about our environment which will tell you precisely what the new congress has in mind: the most frontal assault on the environment in 25 years. Is this what the country wants? On ABC's World News Tonight next week." -- Peter Jennings in an ABC promo during the July 9, 1995 This Week with David Brinkley.
+++ And the winner is....Bryant Gumbel. Accepting for Gumbel: A man impugned by him, Ollie North.
"The man is on the Court. You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. Well, that's how I feel. He is an absolutely reprehensible person." -- USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4, 1994 PBS To the Contrary.
"Can Ken Starr ignore the apparent breadth of the sympathetic response to the President's speech? Facially, it finally dawned on me that the person Ken Starr has reminded me of facially all this time was Heinrich Himmler, including the glasses. If he now pursues the President of the United States, who, however flawed his apology was, came out and invoked God, family, his daughter, a political conspiracy and everything but the kitchen sink, would not there be some sort of comparison to a persecutor as opposed to a prosecutor for Mr. Starr?" -- Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Big Show, to Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief James Warren, Aug. 18, 1998.
Inside Washington host Tina Gulland:
"I don't think I have any Jesse Helms defenders here. Nina?"
The MRC employed audience participation to determine the Quote of the Decade, but we got a tie. Following the presentation of the six award categories, the MRC played for the audience the four winning quotes from reporters, dropping the Leonard and Malveaux quotes since they have never been reporters.
So, people again saw the Shannon, Burleigh, Thomas and Gumbel quotes. Then, as a picture of each was displayed, audience members were asked by MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell to clap to indicate which they thought should win. In the opinion of emcee Stan Evans it was a tie between Burleigh on giving Clinton oral sex and Gumbel blaming conservative talk show hosts for inspiring the Oklahoma City bombing.
For the dinner we edited
Burleigh's quote so as to not offend anyone, and that's how it appears
above, but here's what she actually wrote:
To determine the nominees and winners, 13 leading media observers generously gave of their time to evaluate six to eight quotes in six award categories and then cast their vote for the first and second best in each category. In tabulating the results, first place picks were assigned two points and second place choices were assigned one point. The top three quotes in each category served as the nominees shown at the awards presentation dinner. The judges:
William F. Buckley Jr.,syndicated columnist and National Review Editor-at-Large
John Fund, Wall Street Journal editorial page writer
Sean Hannity, co-host of FNC's Hannity & Colmes; radio talk show at WABC Radio
Rush Limbaugh, national radio talk show host
Marlin Maddoux, USA Radio Network host
Mary Matalin, co-host of CNN's Crossfire
Oliver North, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
Robert Novak, syndicated columnist and CNN commentator
Kate O'Beirne, Washington Editor of National Review
Michael Reagan, nationally syndicated radio talk show host
William Rusher, Distinguished Fellow at the Claremont Institute
Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated columnist
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Editor-in-Chief of The American Spectator
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