(CNSNews.com) - At the Media Research Center's 25th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, former CBS News anchor Katie Couric was voted "The Worst Reporter in the History of Man."
Couric barely edged out fellow former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.
A crowd of more than 1,000 people attending the gala chose Couric for the honor. The other nominees were Rather, Bryant Gumbel and Brian Williams. The crowd made its choice known through a voice vote--which required a second-round run-off between Couric and Rather.
Couric won the distinction as part of the MRC's at annual "Dishonors Awards." The awards were presented at the Media Research Center's (MRC) sold-out 25th Anniversary Gala dinner, which was held at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C. The MRC, founded in 1987 by Brent Bozell, is dedicated to holding the liberal media accountable for promoting a left-wing agenda. CNSNews.com is a division of the MRC.
In addition to "The Worst Reporter in the History of Man Award," the other "Dishonors" awards presented at the gala included "The Obamagasm Award (for drooling over Democrats)," "The Vast Right-Wing Knuckle Draggers Award (for biased campaign coverage)," "Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award," and "The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity."
While "The Worst Reporter in the History of Man Award" was determined by a voice vote of the gala attendees, the other "Dishonor" award winners were picked by a panel of 12 judges, among whom were Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin.
The Obamagasm Award for drooling over Democrats went to MSNBC's Chris Matthews for saying of President Barack Obama on the July 17, 2012 edition of "Hardball:" "This guy's done everything right. He's raised his family right. He's fought his way all the way to the top of the Harvard Law Review, in a blind test becomes head of the Review, the top editor there. Everything he's done is clean as a whistle. He's never not only broken any law, he's never done anything wrong. He's the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American. And all they do is trash the guy."
The Vast Right-Wing Knuckle Draggers Award for biased campaign coverage went to MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts, who on Sept. 23, 2011 said of a Republican presidential debate the previous night:"I get out of all of these things that many of these candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous."
The Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award went to NBC's "Today" co-host Ann Curry for saying to Rep. Paul Ryan in an April 10, 2012 interview: "The Center of [sic] Budget and Policy Priorities, says 60 – you're smiling because you know about this, says 62% of the savings in your budget would come from cutting programs for the poor.That between 8 and 10 million people would be kicked off of food stamps. That you would cut Medicare by 200 billion, Medicaid and other health programs by something like 770 billion. Where is the empathy in this budget?...Do you acknowledge that poor people will suffer under his budget, that you have shown a lack of empathy to poor people in this budget?"
The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity went to actor Sean Penn who on Oct. 4, 2011 told CNN's Piers Morgan: "You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party....At the end of the day, there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, ‘Can we just lynch him?'"
The MRC also honored the late Andrew Breitbart with the MRC’s sixth annual “William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.”