Every year a panel of leading conservative media observers and experts picks the most-biased media quotes for the Media Research Center’s annual awards for the year’s “worst reporting.” And these judges have done so.
But earlier this week, we let our fans and all concerned about liberal media bias to also participate via a separately-compiled Web ballot. More than 3,000 MediaResearch.org and NewsBusters.org visitors took part. Now you can see which quotes were judged the “worst” of the year in this online ballot.
THE WINNER FROM YOUR ONLINE VOTES IS...
Paul Krugman (2116 Votes) “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before....Her father says that ‘the whole Tea Party’ was her enemy. And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs’ list. Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing....Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.” — New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in a 3:22pm ET January 8 blog posting, less than two hours after news broke of Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting.
— MSNBC’s Hardball, July 5.
Announcing MRC's Best Notable Quotables of 2011: The 24th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting