Announcing MRC's Best Notable Quotables of 2011: The 24th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting

Last week, MRC announced the results of our "public ballot" for the worst media quotes in 2011, sort of the "People's Choice Awards" version of our Best Notable Quotables of 2011. This morning, the official results -- chosen by a distinguished panel of 48 radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers, and expert media observers -- are in, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has won the dubious honor of "Quote of the Year."

On the morning of September 11, 2011, during the ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Krugman wrote on his blog that conservative opportunists had "poisoned" the date: "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

Runner-up was Esquire's Steven Marche, who dropped this Obamagasm in his magazine's August 2011 issue:

“Can we just enjoy Obama for a moment? Before the policy choices have to be weighed and the hard decisions have to be made, can we just take a month or two to contemplate him the way we might contemplate a painting by Vermeer or a guitar lick by the early-seventies Rolling Stones or a Peyton Manning pass or any other astounding, ecstatic human achievement?”

Check out all of the results -- including the winner of the "Hopeless Dopes Award, for Discrediting Obama's Opponents," and the "MSNBC = "Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award," plus dozens of video and audio clips, at

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