Krauthammer Honored, Liberal Pundits Dishonored at Media Research Center's Washington Gala

By Barbara Hollingsworth | September 27, 2013 | 5:09 PM EDT


Charles Krauthammer (Fox News)

( –  Syndicated columnist and Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer was awarded the Media Research Center’s “William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence” at the media watchdog’s annual gala in Washington Thursday.

In his acceptance speech, Krauthammer joked that MRC President Brent Bozell selected him for the prestigious award only after learning that “Inside Washington” - a D.C.-based commentary program on which Krauthammer has been a regular panelist - “was going to close shop after 25 years.

"With a lightning calculation in his head, he realized to his horror that that means I have spent 1,200 consecutive Fridays with [National Public Radio’s] Nina Totenberg," Krauthammer said.

Other liberal pundits and media figures were also lampooned at the conservative soiree, including MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter and hosts Chris Matthews and Melissa Harris-Perry, who were given MRC “DisHonor Awards”  in absentia as hundreds of guests watched video clips of their less-than-stellar moments on air and used electronic voting devices to select the “most preposterous, excruciatingly stupid, and downright hysterical instances of liberal media bias” from finalists selected by a group of prominent conservatives.

Alter won MRC’s “Damn Those Conservatives To Hell Award” for stating during the 2012 presidential campaign that “people will die in the United States if Obamacare is repealed. That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. It’s a simple fact. And so no, we’re not calling Mitt Romney a murderer. What we are saying is that if he’s elected president, a lot of people will die.”

Alter’s award was accepted by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) , who received a standing ovation after Bozell called him “the heart and soul of the conservative movement” for his efforts to defund Obamacare.

Harris-Perry won the “Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidist Analysis” for criticizing Americans’ “private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility,” advocating that the nation instead adopt a “collective notion” that “kids belong to whole communities.”

Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” won the “Puppy Love Award” for claiming on June 5 that President Barack Obama “has never done anything wrong in his life.” Comedian Bill Maher was awarded the “Barbra Streisand Celebrity Dumb Ass Award” for a rant on Ronald Reagan, one of the conservative movement’s iconic figures.

The awards were presented by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, Stephen Hayes, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, and Washington-area talk radio host Chris Plante.

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