Sally Kohn, 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' CNNers Win Dan Rather Memorial Award for Stupidest Analysis

October 9th, 2015 5:01 PM

Lefty writer and CNN contributor Sally Kohn, along with her fellow CNN panelists, earned the dubious honor of winning the Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis at last night's Media Research Center Gala and DisHonors Awards. Our good friend Chris Plante, host of WMAL's The Chris Plante Show, was the award presenter.

They beat similar dim bulbs in MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and a joint nomination of CNN's Brianna Keilar and MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin with this comment: 

“Right now, thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values. We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.” — CNN political analyst Sally Kohn wrapping up an hour of live CNN Newsroom coverage on December 13, 2014 as she, CNN analyst Margaret Hoover and CNN legal analyst Mel Robbins raised their hands, while CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin held up a piece of paper with “I can’t breathe” written on it.

Accepting the award in mockery of Ms. Kohn and company was former Ohio Secretary of State and Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell.

You can watch the award segment, including Blackwell's remarks, by clicking play on the embed below:

Here are the quotes from the runners-up: 

Host Melissa Harris-Perry: “Well what if instead of saying #RaceTogether...[keep in the words here] it gave something substantive?”

The “Whiteness Project’s” Whitney Dow: “Oh, absolutely, I would rather have it say, y’know, ‘White supremacy has been the organizing principle of America since it was founded.’”
Harris-Perry: “Ah, there you go! Put that on the cup!”

— Talking about Starbuck’s ill-fated #RaceTogether campaign, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, March 22, 2015. 


"Yesterday she stopped at a Chipotle, a campaign aide sharing with us that she had a chicken burrito bowl with black beans and guacamole and an iced tea. And you know what that kind of detail tells you — it says, ‘She’s just like us. She eats at Chipotle.’"

"The two words she needs are ‘fun’ and ‘new.’ And part of why yesterday was so successful is she looks like she’s having fun and she’s doing, for her, new stuff. We’ve never seen her get a burrito before." 

— Quotes on April 14, 2015 from CNN’s Brianna Keilar on CNN’s New Day and from Mark Halperin, co-host of Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

To see former Saturday Night Live star (and current talk radio host) Joe Piscopo present “The Funnies” category, go here.  

To see video of the Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award presentation and the Quote of the Year, go here.

To see conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly accept the  “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence” award, go here.  

To see all the awards, categories and nominees, check out the MRC’s DisHonors page