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The Nominations are Open
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 01, 2009

Since everyone else seems to be handing out end of the year awards, I'm pleased to announce the First Annual QandO awards.

However, there's a slight twist - they haven't yet been awarded.

Yes dear readers, you get to nominate your own "winners" in each category. Now this will take a bit of research to support your candidates, but that's half the fun, isn't it? Please provide links when possible.

Nominations will stay open for 7 days. We'll then do a series of votes to determine the winners.

So, without further ado:

The “Helen Thomas” Bias in the Media Award – The person or institution that demonstrated the most media bias during 2008.

The “Truther” Award – The person who best epitomizes the “rationality” demonstrated by 9/11 truthers but on a different subject in 2008.

The “Wrong Way Corrigan” Award – The person or institution which advocated or did exactly the wrong thing for a given situation in 2008.

The Harry Reid “This War Is Lost” Award – The most abysmally wrong or stupid quote made about the war in Iraq in 2008.

The Al Gore “The Earth Has A Fever” Award – The most fevered but factually challenged defense of AGW in 2008.

The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008.

The Rosie O’Donnell “Bush is a War Criminal” Award - The dumbest celebrity quote of 2008

The Duke Cunningham “Ethics in Politics” Award. - The politician who best demonstrated the worst of ethics in 2008.

The John Murtha “Redeploy Them to Okinawa” Award – The dumbest quote by a politician for 2008.

OK, get to work.
 
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This is a pretty easy one, McQ:

The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award - The person or institution that demonstrated the most media bias during 2008: Keith Olbermann

The "Truther" Award - The person who best epitomizes the "rationality" demonstrated by 9/11 truthers but on a different subject in 2008: Keith Olbermann

The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award - The person or institution which advocated or did exactly the wrong thing for a given situation in 2008: MSNBC

The Harry Reid "This War Is Lost" Award - The most abysmally wrong or stupid quote made about the war in Iraq in 2008: Virtually anything said about the war by Keith Olbermann

The Al Gore "The Earth Has A Fever" Award - The most fevered but factually challenged defense of AGW in 2008: Obama, in the speech that implied his election would stop the oceans from rising

The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008: Chris Matthews (the thrill up his leg)

The Rosie O’Donnell "Bush is a War Criminal" Award - The dumbest celebrity quote of 2008: Heh, I guess I mostly stopped listening to what celebrities say about serious things, but I’ll go with the recent Robert Redford crack about Bush being deceitful regarding the environment, as if he (Redford) could put two and two together about anything.

The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award. - The politician who best demonstrated the worst of ethics in 2008: Next year it will be called the Blagojevich Award.

The John Murtha "Redeploy Them to Okinawa" Award - The dumbest quote by a politician for 2008: Obama’s "Oceans stopped rising" quote
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award - Chris Matthews

The "Truther" Award - Rosie ODonnell on Israel Hamas situation.

The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award - John McCain and his presidential campaign.

The Harry Reid "This War Is Lost" Award - .Hillary Clinton’s sniper fire speech "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."


The Al Gore "The Earth Has A Fever" Award - The most fevered but factually challenged defense of AGW in 2008. - Global warming causes kidney stones

"We’re quite confident that kidney stone prevalence is related to climate," says lead study author Tom Brikowski, associate professor of geology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

"We’re certain that warming will continue and we’re certain that it’s going to accelerate," he says. "We can certainly say that it’s going to be a significant effect."


The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008. - Has to be Chris Matthews.

The Rosie O’Donnell "Bush is a War Criminal" Award - The dumbest celebrity quote of 2008 - Anything Rosie or Cynthia Mckinney says.

The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award. - Governor Blago .

The John Murtha "Redeploy Them to Okinawa" Award - (dont know if he qualifies as a politician) Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Our weak or nonexistent gun laws contribute to the thousands of senseless gun deaths and injuries in this country that occur each year"

 
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The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award - Chris Matthews
Not Olberman, you know he will sulk
 
Written By: capt joe
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The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award.-

I nominate Nancy Pelosi "we will clean up politics and make America proud" .
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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There’s no way to get through these awards without honoring Andrew Sullivan (who has his own awards, by the way). I don’t know whether to go straight for the Jonestown Award for his over-the-top Obama lovin’, or pull back and give him the Truther Award for Excellence in Bristol Palin Preggers Paranoia. He was so eminent in both categories that you didn’t even have to go looking for it.

If Mitt Romney had lasted longer, the Jonestown Award might more appropriately go to Hugh Hewitt. Both are men who we know are capable of being insightful, but something got a hold of them and dragged them off to a weird place.

The Murtha Award just might have to go to a late entry from George W. Bush, for having the colossal cheek to say, "I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." One immediately had to ask when his presidency showed a strong adherence to free-market principles in the first place, and furthermore to ask how abandoning free-market principles to go on a massive spending/bailout binge was supposed to save the free market.
There might be more deserving quotes that I forgot, but a combination of libertarian thinking and the quote coming late in the awards season makes it irresistible to me.

On a related note, nominations for the "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award should include John McCain’s "suspension" of his campaign to go to Washington and shepherd a massive bailout bill through the Senate, and try to change the date of the debate, only to come slinking back in time to make it. Capping off the problem, he decided to make a few pit stops on his urgent trip back to DC, brushing off David Letterman along the way.
The PR couldn’t have been much worse than it was, he supported bill that was decidedly unpopular—not only with his base but with the country—and still didn’t differentiate himself in any way from Obama. As a bonus, he got tagged with being "erratic" for the rest of the campaign. Bravo.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
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The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award: Keith Olbermann. When Bush proposed the FISA bill with protection for telecoms, he called it fascist. When Obama went back on his promise to filibuster it and then vote for it, Olbermann said it was defending the 4th Amendment.

The "Truther" Award: Arianna Huffinton for her capitalism is dead screed.

The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award: George W. Bush for apporving TARP funds for the automakers.

The Harry Reid "This War Is Lost" Award: Barack Obama. The surge will never work.

The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award: Blago. Nuff said.

 
Written By: tkc
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The Duke Cunningham “Ethics in Politics” Award

The Honorable Christopher Dodd. Chairman. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing. and Urban Affairs.

Nominated for his demonstration that the most dangerous exemplars of the state of "Ethics in Politics" are not the garden-variety criminals, but the well-respected leaders of the United States Congress.

In the true spirit of "do as he says, not as he does," the Honorable Christopher Dodd upbraided auto execs for "missing their chance for candor" while simultaneously showing little candor about his own troubles.

Showing a keen understanding of how things are done, the Honorable Christopher Dodd rose to be the number one recipient of donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while serving on the committee with oversight responsibilities for the banking industry.

Always available to fight for those he represents, the Honorable Christopher Dodd joined the battle in July of ’08 with these words:

"These institutions are fundamentally sound and strong," Dodd said at a news conference. "There is no reason for the kind of (stock market) reaction we’re getting."

No reason at all.

In a time when our nation most needs men and women of honor to lead, the Honorable Christopher Dodd has gone above and beyond to demonstrate to the country the current state of "Ethics in Politics," and its impact on us all.

He will, I’m sure, feel proud of this award given that the race for it is extremely tight. Given his competitive spirit, it goes without saying that he will likely top his 2008 performance in 2009.

 
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The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008
Easy. Chris "I get a thrill up my leg" Matthews
 
Written By: shark
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The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award - The person or institution that demonstrated the most media bias during 2008.
Lifetime achievement award for NYT for a double play:

1) The McCain/Iseman "affair" story
2) Reporter Jodi Kantor trolling kids on facebook for dirt on Mrs. McCain.
The "Truther" Award - The person who best epitomizes the "rationality" demonstrated by 9/11 truthers but on a different subject in 2008.
Another lieftime achievement award for Andy Sullivan, for inventing "Trig Trutherism"
The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award - The person or institution which advocated or did exactly the wrong thing for a given situation in 2008.
United States Congress for voting themselves a pay raise
The Harry Reid "This War Is Lost" Award - The most abysmally wrong or stupid quote made about the war in Iraq in 2008.
"As Wiolence Falls in Iraq, Cemetary Workers Feel the Pinch"
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/20530.html
The Al Gore "The Earth Has A Fever" Award - The most fevered but factually challenged defense of AGW in 2008.
Scott Erb here numerous times: "The science is settled"
The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008.
Chris Matthews for his double play:
1) Obama gives him a "tingle up his leg"
2) It is "duty" to help make an Obama presidency work
The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award. - The politician who best demonstrated the worst of ethics in 2008.
BLAGO!!!!!!
The John Murtha "Redeploy Them to Okinawa" Award - The dumbest quote by a politician for 2008.
Lightworker: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal
 
Written By: shark
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The "Truther" Award - Excitable Andy (Sullivan) — The truth about Trig
 
Written By: Neo
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McQ...is this a ploy to get Erb back? By showering him with awards?
 
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Truther award to the birthers who, despite their perfect record in court, remain convinces that BHO is not a natural born citizen. Top award to the lead birther, Philip Berg, who already has a history of sanctions for bringing frivolous suits, and is also a 9/11 truther as well.
 
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I’ll have to consider the others but the first thing that popped into my head (hard!) for the "Wrong Way Corrigan" award was John McCain saying "the fundamentals of the economy are sound." Whatever his intentions, it was the sound bite that put the final nail in his coffin.
 
Written By: Eric Lindholm
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I’m with shark, Sully has to win the Truther Award for Trig Trutherism and his fanatical devotion to it.

I don’t know about Blago getting the Duke Cunningham award, he’s from Chicago. He’s still trying to figure out what he did wrong.

I do like Dodd getting that award.

The wrong way corrigan either to Congressional Dems for, still, opposing the Surge(tm) and wanting to get out of Iraq or to McCain for "muzzling" Sarah Palin.

The Jonestown Award, I’m not sure if he’s still eligible, but Hugh Hewitt has to win that. And you know who his winning that award will benefit the most? That’s right, Mitt Romney.
 
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The Al Gore "The Earth Has A Fever" Award - The most fevered but factually challenged defense of AGW in 2008. - Al Gore and his statement ref the North poles disappearing in 5 years.
 
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The "Helen Thomas" Bias in the Media Award - The New York Times and Newsweek were especially biased when covering the presidential campaign. Hold on a second. Okay, Newsweek won the coin toss. The LA Times’ coverage (or non-coverage) of John Edwards should get some recognition too.

The "Truther" Award - Andrew Sullivan.

The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award - John McCain had finally built some momentum with his pick of Palin, and had actually done something to deserve that Maverick moniker. Then he put his campaign on hold and jumped on the bailout bandwagon. That was the day he lost the election.

The Harry Reid "This War Is Lost" Award - "I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated." Barack Obama certainly didn’t anticipate success, but I dare say that David Petraeus and John McCain did.

The Al Gore "The Earth Has A Fever" Award - I nominate James Hansen’s defense of coal plant vandals in Britain. It’s one thing to defend junk science, it’s something else to defend vandalism in the name of junk science.

The Jonestown Award - Barack Obama’s "moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow" was evidence that he drinks his own Kool Aid as enthusiastically as the fainting bimbos and the tingly-legged journalists.

The Rosie O’Donnell "Bush is a War Criminal" Award - Matt Damon. "Do the actuary tables and there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term and it’ll be President Palin... It’s like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, you know, ’oh, I’m just a hockey mom’... and she’s facing down President Putin... It’s totally absurd... it’s a really terrifying possibility... I need to know if she really think that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that, I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes."

The Duke Cunningham "Ethics in Politics" Award - Charlie Rangel spent years writing tax laws to extract more money from us while he was flat out cheating on his taxes.

The John Murtha "Redeploy Them to Okinawa" Award - George W. Bush. "I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."
 
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The Jonestown Award - The biggest Kool Aid drinker in the media or blogosphere in 2008.

Hands down,

John Hinderaker:
Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn’t raise his standards, he will exceed Bush’s total before he is inaugurated.
"Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly." ?!?!?!!?

Gentlemen, we have a winner.

Tied for second, we have Matthews "thrill up his leg" and Rich Lowry’s
I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.
Cheers.
 
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What ever happened to the Cindy Sheehan Award?

I am boycotting these awards and protesting them in Venezuela until the Cindy Sheehan Award is brought back, NOW! I support the winners, not the awards!
 
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The "Wrong Way Corrigan" Award
Has to be Paulson. Completly blindsided by our financial meltdown. Panicky in his response not to mention ad hoc in almost every decision he’s made. Troubled Asset program that isn’t purchasing Troubled Assets.

Would go down in history as our worst Treasury Secretary ever if such a ranking existed.

Dishonorable mention would go to Congress for giving him a blank check.
A head nod towards Bush for using TARP funds for a Detroit bailout which is a clear violation of the TARP legislation.
 
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