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Media Research Center: The Fifteenth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

And what would a Worst Reporting roundup be without Reuters?

Recovery and debris removal work continues at the site of the World Trade Center known as ‘ground zero’ in New York, March 25, 2002. Human rights around the world have been a casualty of the U.S. ‘war on terror’ since September 11.” – Reuters News Service caption for a photo of the destroyed World Trade Center site which was distributed with a September 3 story by Richard Waddington headlined, “Rights the first victim of ‘war on terror.’

Best Helen Thomas exchange:

Helen Thomas: “Does the President consider this [election outcome] a mandate to fulfill his agenda? Going to war with Iraq, privatizing Social Security, weakening the Civil Service Commission and so forth?”
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: “Helen, you sound like a commercial that didn’t work.”

Great moments in television: (Good Morning Morons award)

“Iraqi citizens are preparing to go to the polls to decide whether Hussein stays in office.”
– Preview of an October 14 segment on CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn posted on CNN’s Web site.

Silly politics awards:

“Experts Agree: Al Qaeda Leader Is Dead or Alive.”
– On-screen graphic during a story about Osama bin Laden’s fate on CNN’s 2pm Live From...on Sept. 3.

Idiocy knows no bounds:

“The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life....I think they [the 19 hijackers] were brave at the very least.”
– AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman and CNN founder Ted Turner

Joy Behar: “I want to ask the audience: Clap if you would have your daughter be an intern for Bill Clinton.”
Barbara Walters: “I think that’s so unfair. That’s so unfair.”
Behar: “Why?”
Walters: “Because the man was the President. He does need people to work in that office and come on, I mean, let it go already.”
– Exchange on ABC’s The View on Sept. 13

Nope, no medial liberal bias here:
“I don’t think it’s a liberal agenda. It happens that journalism will always be spending more time on issues that seem to be liberal to some people: the problem of the downtrodden, the problem of civil rights and human rights, the problem of those people who don’t have a place at the table with the powerful.”
– NBC anchor Tom Brokaw on MSNBC’s Donahue when asked about the claim of liberal media bias, July 25

There's 6 pages of hilarious quotes. Enough to keep you scratching your head the rest of the day, wondering what world some of these people live in.


What's wrong with the Reuters caption?

My Favorite:

“I leave my friends behind and rush the stage to try to dance with [former Attorney General Janet] Reno, only to find myself in a small crowd of men living the same fantasy. When I finally push my way past them, she is gone.”
– Time staff writer Joel Stein, recounting Reno’s dance party fundraiser for her campaign for Florida Governor, in the magazine’s July 29 issue.

All I can say is, these guys ought to seriously consider getting out of the house a little more.

Sure, Brokaw is an ass, but there is nothing "liberal" about civil/human rights.

Maybe Joy Behar would be better advised having her intern daughter checked for clap after serving in Bill Clinton's office.

Dumb cunt. Yeah let's give the assholes in charge permission to prey on the women in their employ again.

The best part of the CNN headline about bin Laden being alive or dead was that the title for that little bit of wisdom was
"CNN Exclusive".
I happened to be switching by CNN when it was on. I laughed for a long time.
What an exclusive.

Matt- you're kidding, right?

It was a photo of the WTC site. Where, at the time, they were still removing body parts. Where 3,000 people became the first actual casualties of the war on terror.

And the caption Reuters wrote for that photo, and for the story that accompanied it? "Human rights around the world have been a casualty of the U.S. ‘war on terror’ since September 11." and "Rights the first victim of ‘war on terror.'"

Both phrases do the following:

1) The phrases ignore the blatantly obvious scene of destruction in the photo (complete with 3,000 victims) in favor of the "real" "first victim" of the war, "human rights" (but not the human rights, like the right to life, of the 3,000, who apparently don't count as victims either, and in any case, not the first victims).

2) The phrases literally say that human rights around the world are being negatively affected by the war on terror--which has no basis in fact (helloooo, Afghanistan!). How about that human rights around the world are being affected by dictators or totalitarian governments or brutal religious laws or communism or anything else? Nope, just by us, the US. Somehow, it's gotta be our fault.

3) The phrases put the 'war on terror' in quotes, since of course Reuters doesn't think that that's what's actually happening (we're just grasping for hegemony, yep, that's us) or that it deserves to be referred to (even by a "news" organization!) without irony.

I could go on... The story and headlines were bad enough, but to pair them with the WTC photo was jaw-droppingly horrendous.

But I can't believe I even have to spell this out for you...

Liberal bias? Laugh! One of the great lies of the neo-conservatives.

As Goebels said, say it enough, and people will believe anything.

As opposed to "deny it enough, and eventually they'll give up trying to convince you?"

Ahem. Michele presented proof, or a reasonable facimile thereof. You presented a platitude.

May I humbly suggest that you are outgunned?

May I suggest you have your head buried somewhere? I reject much of what's posted on this site, but Michele knows that already.