Media Bias Awards

The (conservative) Research Centre has published its annual awards for the year’s worst reporting. There are seven pages (pdf) of winners and runners-up.

Classics are:

“The day I say Dick Cheney is going to run for President, I’ll kill myself. All we need is one more liar.” – Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas

CNN’s Jack Cafferty: What should Karl Rove do if he is indicted …?
Blitzer:But, you know, it’s still a big if. It’s still a big if.
Cafferty: Oh, I understand. I’m, I’m just hoping, you know. I love, I love to see those kinds of things happen. It does wonders for me.

“I don’t have a clue as to whether [former House Majority Leader Tom] DeLay violated the law or not, this very old Texas statute that he’s been indicted on, but I do know it’s he first time in 200 years that the House of Representatives has been run for a whole decade, or almost a decade, by corrupt zealot.”- Nwsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter

FNC reporter Steve Harrigan: I think there’s going to be a bloodbath on Sunday….All over the place, especially in Baghdad and a few other cities.”
On FNC’s Fox & Friends, January 28, two days before Iraq’s largely peaceful elections.

And finally we have this from the founder of CNN, on how good life is in North Korea:

Ted Turner: I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are absolutely sincere. There’s really no reason for them to cheat [on nukes]….I looked them right in the eyes. And they looked like they meant the truth. You know, just
because somebody’s done something wrong in the past doesn’t mean they can’t do right in the future or the present. That happens all the, all the time.
Wolf Blitzer: But this is one of the most despotic regimes and Kim Jong-Il is one of the worst men on Earth. Isn’t that a fair assessment?
Turner: Well, I didn’t get to meet him, but he didn’t look in the pictures that I’ve seen of him on CNN, he didn’t look too much different than most other people.
Blitzer: But, look at the way, look at the way he’s, look at the way he’s treating his own people.
Turner: Well, hey, listen. I saw a lot of people over there. They were thin and they were riding bicycles instead of driving in cars, but-
Blitzer: A lot of those people are starving.
Turner: I didn’t see any, I didn’t see any brutality….

UPDATE: Francis Till also has awards for the most skewed and biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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