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NewsBusters's parent company the Media Research Center (MRC) proudly announced the Best Notable Quotables of 2013: The 26th Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting earlier this morning, with former MSNBC host Martin Bashir taking home the “Quote of the Year” honor for a disgusting, misogynist rant aimed at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Not only did Bashir’s November 15 quote take the year’s top prize, he won by one of the largest margins in the 26-year history of Notable Quotables. Here's the offensive garbage which ultimately got him fired:


They say tragedy plus time equals comedy. But is 27 years enough time? And what if the product isn’t comedy but another run-of-the-mill pop song about sex?

At the beginning of the song “XO” from her eponymous new album, pop star Beyoncé includes an odd sample: a few seconds of audio from the immediate wake of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded in mid air just 73 seconds into its flight, killing seven astronauts. The tragedy played out on live TV. Video after the break.


Tragic sound bite starts inane pop song.


In a flourish of exaggeration, CNN's Piers Morgan compared Rush Limbaugh to the devil and conservatives to Genghis Khan on his Tuesday night show.

"Rush Limbaugh keeps whacking away at Pope Francis which is, you know, it's like watching the devil incarnate taking on Mother Teresa," Morgan said in his interview with Ann Coulter. He also took a shot at Limbaugh, Coulter, and other conservatives who are unhappy with Pope Francis's popularity with liberals.


One of the biggest questions swirling around Hollywood is where will Jay Leno land when Jimmy Fallon replaces him as the host of NBC's Tonight Show in February.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it could be CNN.


After spending about $2.3 trillion in stimulus since 2008, the Federal Reserve’s controversial quantitative easing (QE) strategy’s days may be numbered. MarketWatch expected a decision on the policy from the Fed on Dec. 18, following their two-day meeting.

The policy has many critics including the former Fed employee who lashed out at it in a “Confessions of a Quantitative Easer” op-ed. Studies also show that QE hasn’t been the economic stimulus the Fed had hoped. Yet, when the broadcast networks have discussed how QE impacts the economy they almost unanimously supported the Fed’s purchase program.


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PBS NewsHour anchor and Washington Week host Gwen Ifill editorialized that the media coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial service was marred by “non-stories” like President Obama’s “selfie” and his handshake with a Cuban dictator.

First heal thyself, taxpayer-funded liberal journalist. In 2005, it was this same Gwen Ifill that eagerly spread the non-story that Vice President Cheney -- the one with heart trouble -- wore a parka to an outdoor Auschwitz ceremony, doing the bidding of her outraged liberal buddy Robin Givhan:


Liberal journalists were glowing and full of hope after Barack Obama won a second term. As 2012 drew to a close, there was the traditional hour of ABC’s Barbara Walters fawning: “Mr. President, Mrs. Obama. There is a photograph of you [hugging] that went viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of Twitter. How do you keep the fire going?”

As the second inauguration neared, Newsweek put out a cover image even though they’d stopped printing magazines. Over a picture of Obama, it read: “The Second Coming. America Expects. Can He Deliver?” He laid an egg.


Yes, she really said it.

On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn't say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary):


You don’t see this happen every day: on Fox News’s Special Report Tuesday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer asked West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin to become a Republican.

Not surprisingly, the Senator declined Krauthammer’s request but did so with grace and charm.


On Monday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, liberal columnist Cynthia Tucker compared sheriffs who refuse to enforce new restrictive gun laws to people in the South who opposed laws banning segregation, while liberal talk radio host Bill Press, apparently forgetting that the Justice Department routinely refuses to enforce immigration laws, recommended that these pro-Second Amendment sheriffs should be prosecuted.

He went on to smear the Tea Party as being founded on racism and opposition to a black President.

After noting a New York Times article on sheriffs opposing some of the new gun laws, MSNBC host Al Sharpton turned to guest Tucker who fretted:


Getting a glimpse of the kind of real reporting that can occur on NBC Nightly News when Brian Williams isn't in the anchor chair, on Sunday's edition of the program, weekend anchor Lester Holt informed viewers that "official photo releases" from the Obama administration were "at the center of an escalating battle between the White House and the news media over access and image control." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

In the report that followed, White House correspondent Kristen Welker cited National Journal's Ron Fournier calling "images like these pure propaganda, arguing the Obama White House consistently blocks journalists from events they routinely covered in previous administrations." A sound bite followed of Fournier warning: "The White House is getting most of the control. That's not healthy for democracy."


Following a hotly contested debate on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, Republican strategist Ron Christie penned an op-ed in The Daily Beast condemning what he calls the “new normal in Democratic thinking: If you disagree with Obama, you must be racist. Christie’s column comes on the heels of Democratic strategist Angela Rye, and frequent MSNBC guest, that the Tea Party is a “racial” political group.  

In his piece, Christie, the black conservative notes that he fears:

Race relations have worsened rather than improved in the Obama era of “hope and change.” Legitimate disagreement with the president and congressional Democrats often is characterized as being racist or racially motivated rather than a genuine difference of opinion on policy.


The Washington Post's free commuter tabloid Express found no space to summarize the Post's Tuesday bad-news-for-Obama poll story. But in the Nation section, they did feature a story with this headline: "Is Santa a Military Pawn?"

AP reported "A children's advocacy group says an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh."