MRC DisHonors Awards 2011
Full program video for the 2011 DisHonors Awards

Neal Boortz, Ann Coulter, Andrew Klavan, Erick Erickson, Congressman Steve King and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and a performance by The Outlaws band highlighted the MRC's “2011 Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporting” presented on Saturday night, May 7, before an audience of more than 800 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Following the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in five categories and a look at some “funny clips” from the news, the audience picked an anti-conservative outburst from MSNBC’s Ed Schultz as the “Quote of the Year.” Schultz screamed: “The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse!”

MRC President Brent Bozell also honored leading conservative commentator and columnist Cal Thomas with the MRC’s fifth annual “William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.” Thomas paid tribute to Buckley for inspiring his quest to become a columnist, thanked Los Angeles Times publisher Tom Johnson for giving him the chance and credited God with providing him “the gift of writing.”

The program begins with a "You Picked a Fine Time to Lead Us, Barack" parody song before Brent Bozell makes opening remarks.

DisHonors Awards winners were selected by a distinguished panel of 14 leading media observers, including Monica Crowley, Sean Hannity, Larry Kudlow, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Kathryn Jean Lopez and Walter E. Williams.

Bozell served as Master of Ceremonies. Neal Boortz, a nationally-syndicated talk radio host, presented the first two awards; followed by novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan who set up the “funny clips” and announced the third DisHonors awards, before best-selling author and columnist Ann Coulter handled the fourth and fifth award categories.

In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: Erick Erickson of Editor, Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, founders of the Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, Congressman Steve King, Republican of Iowa, and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli – who earned a standing ovation for his successful legal effort to block implementation of ObamaCare.

The evening began with an invocation by Bishop Harry Jackson and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Colonel Robert Rust, USA Retired

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Keith Olbermann tells the audience to “Shut the Hell Up!” as Brent Bozell opens the program, then Neal Boortz presents The Obamagasm Award, won by Evan Thomas, and accepted in jest by Erick Erickson.


“I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way.”
ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran to Media Bistro’s Steve Krakauer in a February 20, 2009 “Morning Media Menu” audio podcast

Clip of Barack Obama from 2008: “My family gave me love. They gave me an education. And most of all, they gave me hope. Hope, hope that in America, no dream is beyond our grasp if we reach for it, and fight for it, and work for it.”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “You know I get the same thrill up my leg, all over me, every time I hear those words. I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, that’s me. He’s talking about my country and nobody does it better. Can President Obama stir us again and help his party keep power this November?”
Setting up a segment on MSNBC’s Hardball, September 7, 2010

And the winner is...

“Reagan [at the 1984 D-Day commemoration] was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is, ‘We are above that now. We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something.’ I mean, in a way, Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world. He’s sort of God.”
Newsweek’s Evan Thomas to host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, June 5, 2009

The Tea Party from Hell Award


Neal Boortz presents The Tea Party from Hell Award, won by Tavis Smiley, and accepted in jest by Jenny Beth Martin with Mark Meckler.


"Racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support. On Saturday, that support came from evolutionary regressives like Michele Bachmann and Jon Voight. On a daily basis that support comes from the racists and homophobes of radio and television: the Michael Savages and the Rush Limbaughs."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010

"A year-long debate that's been rancorous and mean from the start turned even nastier yesterday. Demonstrators protesting the bill poured into the halls of Congress shouting "Kill the bill!"" and "Made in the USSR."" And as tempers rose, they hurled racial epithets, even at civil rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, and sexual slurs at Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank. Other legislators said the protesters spit on them, and one lawmaker said it was like a page out of a time machine."
Bob Schieffer leading off CBS's Face the Nation, March 21, 2010

And the winner is...

Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talking about radical Muslims: "Somehow, the idea got into their minds that to kill other people is a great thing to do and that they would be rewarded in the hereafter."

Host Tavis Smiley: "But Christians do that every single day in this country."

Ali: "Do they blow people up every day?"

Smiley: "Yes. Oh, Christians, every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that's what Columbine is. I could do this all day long....There are folk in the Tea Party, for example, every day who are being recently arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people "nigger" as they walk into Capitol Hill, for spitting on people. That's within the political... that's within the body politic of this country."
PBS's Tavis Smiley, May 25, 2010

The I'm Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award


Andrew Klavan presents The I'm Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award, won by Rob Reiner, aka "Meathead," and accepted in jest by Tim Phillips.


“Do it [repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] because it will make Rush Limbaugh explode like a bag full of meat dropped from a helicopter. Do it because it will make Sarah Palin ‘go rogue’ in her pants.” “When we see crazy, senseless deaths like this, we can only ask why, why, why couldn't it have been Glenn Beck?” “Sarah Palin screaming about death panels? You know what, Sarah, if we were killing off useless people, you'd be the first to know.”
Three clips of Bill Maher: from October 9, 2009 Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO; March 5, 2010 Real Time with Bill Maher; and March 31, 2010 Tonight Show with Jay Leno

“All you Tea Party spokespeople, you work for the Koch brothers and they’re like billionaires....Dick Cheney didn’t earn one damn thing. Guy’s never worked an honest day in his life....I think she’s [Sarah Palin is] a loon and I think she’s kind of a traitor to this country.... Her followers are the dumbest people on Earth....They can barely scare up a pulse. I’m serious. They are really stupid, they’re stupid”
Roseanne Barr on the 9pm ET edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, January 5, 2011

And the winner is...

“Hitler, by the way, never got more than 33 percent of the vote ever in Germany....He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic, and they were having bad economic times — just like we are now. People were out of work, they needed jobs, and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold: ‘I’m angry and I'm frightened and you should hate that guy over there.’”
Actor/director/liberal activist Rob Reiner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Oct. 22, 2010

Ode to Olbermann


Ann Coulter presents the Ode to Olbermann Award, won, no surprise, by Keith Olbermann, and accepted in jest by Congressman Steve King.


“In Scott Brown, we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees. In any other time in our history, this man would have been laughed off the stage as unqualified and a disaster in the making by the most conservative of conservatives.”
Olbermann on Countdown, January 18, 2010 the night before Massachusetts’ special election

“Everything you said about [withdrawing some troops from] Iraq yesterday, and everything you will say, is a deception, for the purpose of this one cynical, unacceptable, brutal goal: perpetuating this war indefinitely. War today, war tomorrow, war forever!...A man with any self respect, having inadvertently revealed such an evil secret, would have already resigned and fled the country! You have no remaining credibility about Iraq, sir!...Mr. Bush, our presence in Iraq must end, even if it means your resignation, even if it means your impeachment, even if it means a different Republican to serve out your term.”
MSNBC Countdown anchor Keith Olbermann addressing President Bush in a “Special Comment,” September 4, 2007

And the winner is...

“‘What was the more likely cause of the Oklahoma City bombing: talk radio or Bill Clinton and Janet Reno’s hands-on management of Waco, the Branch Davidian compound and maybe to a lesser extent Ruby Ridge?’ Well, obviously, the answer is talk radio, specifically Rush Limbaugh’s hate radio....Limbaugh claimed others would have blood on their hands in the event of future right wing terrorism. Frankly, Rush, you have that blood on your hands now, and you have had it for 15 years.”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann naming Rush Limbaugh the “Worst Person in the World,” April 19, 2010 Countdown

Damn Those Conservatives Award


Ann Coulter presents the Damn Those Conservatives Award, won by Ed Schultz, and accepted in jest by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli


“Tonight, we start with the party of hate. The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years....What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”
Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

Chris Matthews: “Congresswoman Bachmann, are you hypnotized tonight? Has someone hypnotized you? Because no matter what I ask you, you give the same answer. Are you hypnotized? Has someone put you under a trance tonight? That you give me the same answer no matter what question I put to you?”

Rep. Michele Bachmann: “I think the American people are the ones that are finally speaking tonight. We’re coming out of our trance....I think people are thrilled tonight. I imagine that thrill is probably maybe not quite not so tingly on your leg anymore.”
From MSNBC’s election night coverage, November 2, 2010

And the winner is...

“The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”
Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, September 23, 2009

Quote of the Year


Ed Schultz earned the “Quote of the Year” distinction as voted by the audience.

To make the decision, MRC President Brent Bozell asked the presenters and acceptors back on stage (Neal Boortz, Andrew Klavan, Ann Coulter, Erick Erickson, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Tim Phillips, Congressman Steve King and Ken Cuccinelli.)

Then the attendees saw all the winning videos again in four categories – “The Obamagasm Award” (Evan Thomas), “Damn the Tea Party to Hell Award” (Tavis Smiley), “Ode to Olbermann Award” (Keith Olbermann) and “Damn Those Conservatives Award” (Ed Schultz).

As a picture of each nominee was displayed, audience members were asked to hoot, cheer, applaud and use noisemakers to express their opinion on which quote deserved the Quote of the Year designation as the worst bias since the MRC’s last DisHonors Awards in early 2009.

Those on stage huddled and Mark Meckler announced they decided Ed Schultz generated the most-venomous reaction from the audience for this outburst on The Ed Show of September 23, 2009:

"The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her."

3rd Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) is 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 has written 40 books, publishes a regular column syndicated to 300 newspapers, and pens longer articles for magazines and other outlets. He has 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.

Brent Bozell presents and Cal Thomas accepts the William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence

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 announce the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.


Tony Blankley

Washington Times syndicated columnist; Executive vice president for global affairs

Neal Boortz

Atlanta-based nationally-syndicated talk radio host

Monica Crowley

Talk host on WABC Radio in New York City, panelist on the McLaughlin Group

Erick Erickson

Editor of

Sean Hannity

Host of FNC's Hannity; nationally syndicated radio talk show host

Larry Kudlow

Anchor of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report

Mark Levin

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, author and President of the Landmark Legal Foundation

Rush Limbaugh

Host of The Rush Limbaugh Show

David Limbaugh

Author of Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama

Kathryn Lopez

Editor-at-Large, National Review Online

Al Regnery

Publisher of The American Spectator

Cal Thomas

Syndicated and USA Today columnist; Fox News contributor

Walter E. Williams

Professor of economics, George Mason University, and a nationally-syndicated columnist

Thomas S. Winter

Editor-in-Chief of Human Events


Brent Bozell thanks the judges and their names and pictures scroll on screen.
Andrew Klavan presents Brent Baker's funny video clips.