Chris Plante, Laura Ingraham, Steve Hayes, Jonah Goldberg, Cal Thomas, Tony Perkins, Reince Priebus, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Lynn and Foster Friess and a performance by The Davisson Brothers Band, highlighted the MRC's "25th Anniversary Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporting," presented on Thursday night, September 27, before a boisterous audience of one thousand at the National Building Museum 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 assigned the "Worst Reporter in the History of Man Award." MRC President Brent Bozell led the audience in watching compilations of the most obnoxious bias from Dan Rather, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Brian Williams. He then asked the audience to show their derision via jeers and noisemakers and, after a head-to-head comparison of audience opinion toward Couric and Rather, Couric was declared the clear winner.
The MRC also honored the late Andrew Breitbart with the MRC's sixth annual "William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence." Cal Thomas, who earned the honor in 2011, presented the award to Breitbart's father-in-law, Orson Bean.
DisHonors Awards winners were selected by a distinguished panel of 12 leading media observers, including Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, David Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Walter E. Williams and Thomas S. Winter.
Chris Plante, a talk show host on Washington, DC's WMAL, served as Master of Ceremonies. Laura Ingraham, a nationally-syndicated talk radio host and the principal substitute host of The O'Reilly Factor, presented the first two awards; followed by Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes who handled the "funnies," and National Review Online founding editor Jonah Goldberg, who presented the third and fourth award categories.
To mark the MRC's 25th anniversary, each award category was introduced with a "through the years" video retrospective of the worst bias on that topic over the MRC's first 25 years.
In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List; and conservative philanthropists Foster and Lynn Friess.
The evening began with an invocation by Father Terence Henry, President of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Seymour Fein, Chairman of the MRC's Board of Trustees, came on stage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, but instead directed the audience to a video from Marine Captain Joseph Bozell in Afghanistan whose squad recited the pledge.
When Bozell came to the podium for the "Worst Reporter in the History of Man," he was soon interrupted by Karl Ottosen of the MRC's Board of Directors. He introduced Fein who presented Bozell with a plaque commemorating his 25 years leading the MRC.
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2012 Award Nominees
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Award for Media Excellence:
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.
Fifty-nine 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.
Previous William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence Recipients
2010: Stan Evans (video not available)
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Ann CoulterNationally-syndicated columnist and author of Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama
Monica CrowleyTalk host on WABC Radio in New York City, panelist on the McLaughlin Group
Lou DobbsHost of Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Network
Erick EricksonEditor of RedState.com
Laura IngrahamNationally-syndicated talk radio host and the principal substitute host of The O'Reilly Factor.
Mark LevinNationally syndicated radio talk show host, author and President of the Landmark Legal Foundation
David LimbaughSyndicated columnist and author of The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic
Rush LimbaughHost of The Rush Limbaugh Show
Al RegneryPublisher of The American Spectator
Cal ThomasSyndicated and USA Today columnist; Fox News contributor
Walter E. WilliamsProfessor of economics, George Mason University, and a nationally-syndicated columnist
Thomas S. WinterEditor-in-Chief of Human Events
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25th Anniversary Gala Program with list of sponsors