Senator Mike Lee, Steve Hayes, Monica Crowley, Jim DeMint, Cal Thomas and Charles Krauthammer highlighted the MRC's "2013 Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporting," presented on Thursday night, September 26, before an audience of 850 at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in four categories and a look at some "funny clips," the audience decided Jonathan Alter had earned the Quote of the Year dishonor. MRC President Brent Bozell asked the audience to show their derision, via jeers and noisemakers, of quotes from Melissa Harris-Perry, Chris Matthews and Alter which each had won a category earlier in the program.
The MRC opened the evening by honoring Dr. Charles Krauthammer with the MRC's seventh annual "William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence." Cal Thomas, who earned the honor in 2011, introduced Krauthammer who delivered a mix of serious and humorous remarks about his years enduring liberals in the media and beyond.
In a new twist this year, DisHonors Awards category winners were determined by the audience. After watching the nominee quotes, attendees at each of the 86 tables discussed the quotes and then, by electronic device, the table captain cast the choice on behalf of the table.
The nominee quotes were narrowed to three beforehand by a distinguished panel of 14 leading media observers, including Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, David Limbaugh, Walter E. Williams, Jim Pinkerton, Erick Erickson and Thomas S. Winter.
Brent Bozell, President of the MRC, served as Master of Ceremonies. Chris Plante, a talk show host on Washington, DC's WMAL, presented the first two award categories before Monica Crowley handled the "funny clips." Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes handled the third and fourth awards.
In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: David Webb, a Sirius/XM host and co-founder of TeaParty365, Mia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).
The evening began with an invocation by Joshua Duggar, Executive Director of FRC Action. Radar Radford, a trustee for the MRC, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Celebrity Dumb Ass Award
2013 Award Nominees
2013 Award Nominees
2013 Award Nominees
Michael Eric DysonRunner-Up
via audience applause
Award for Media Excellence:
Dr. Charles Krauthammer
William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) was the intellectual cornerstone of the modern conservative movement. His founding of National Review magazine in 1955 provided the home base for conservatives in an America seemingly overrun by liberalism. With NR, and as host of television's Firing Line for 33 years, William F. Buckley Jr. spread the cause, helped rally conservatives during the Cold War, was instrumental in helping Ronald Reagan win the presidency — twice — and continues to provide the intellectual ammunition, along with grace and wit, to strengthen conservatives in the on-going battles to preserve liberty, peace and justice in America.
In addition to NR, Mr. Buckley wrote 40 books, published a regular column syndicated to 300 newspapers, and penned longer articles for magazines and other outlets. He educated and inspired thousands of conservatives, especially young men and women, through his articles, books and TV appearances. These young conservatives have followed Mr. Buckley's example and relayed the conservative message across the country and through various media, particularly the New Media: cable TV, talk radio and the Internet.
Sixty-four years ago, William F. Buckley Jr. circumvented the liberal media's "Berlin Wall" of bias with imagination and tenacity. His intellectual progeny now populate the airwaves and cyberspace, leaving the old liberal media in the dustbin of history. To recognize and honor the very best of these new conservative leaders, the Media Research Center is proud to present the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.
Text (pdf file) of introduction by Thomas and remarks from Krauthammer