Bill Maher's Attack on Sarah Palin's Family Voted ‘Quote of the Year’

By Penny Starr | March 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM EDT

( – The crowd attending the Media Research Center's DisHonors Awards Gala on Thursday night chose TV host Bill Maher's attack on Gov. Sarah Palin's family as the dishonorable “Quote of the Year” for 2008.
Maher--on HBO’s “Real Time” in September 2008--questioned whether Palin’s infant son Trig was her child or that of her teenage daughter, Bristol.
“I’m not that convinced that that’s her baby,” Maher said. “It’s not like they’re not willing to lie about everything else.” 

Bristol, who revealed she was pregnant during her mother’s vice presidential campaign, gave birth to a son, Tripp, in December.

Maher's remark was picked as the dishonorable “Quote of the Year” by the crowd of more than 800 people attending Thursday night’s event in Washington, D.C.  A panel of celebrity judges, including Mark Levin, Monica Crowley, Ed Meese and Samuel  “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, confirmed the winner by deciding which nominee got the loudest cheers.
Chris Matthews won two awards. The second award (The Media Messiah Award) went to Matthews for his infamous remark about getting a thrill up his leg while covering Obama during the primaries.
The other nominees were CNN founder Ted Turner and ABC’s Bill Weir.
Turner won the Dan Rather Memorial Award for Stupidest Analysis for his remark about global warming leading to widespread death and cannibalism.
And Weir was the winner of the Obamagasm Award for his coverage of the presidential inauguration when he reported that the seagulls flying over the National Mall were impressed by the historic event.

Brent Bozell, founder and president of Media Research Center and master of ceremonies at the annual gala, presented the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence to veteran journalist Brit Hume. Previous winners include Rush Limbaugh and the late Tony Snow.
For more on the annual MRC Dishonors Awards, visit the MRC Web site.  The MRC is the parent organization of

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