(CNSNews.com) – Hundreds of conservatives attending the Media Research Center’s 28th annual Gala in Washington, D.C. voted to give NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin MRC’s “Quote of the Year Dishonor Award” Thursday night for suggesting that American Sniper Chris Kyle was a racist who went on “killing sprees” in Iraq.
Speaking on Morning Joe on Jan. 29, 2015 after the release of the blockbuster movie about Kyle’s life, Mohyeldin, who is also an MSNBC anchor, said:
“When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle and the story that has emerged about what kind of personality he was, a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis, some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims as he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.”
Mohyeldin’s quote about Kyle also earned him MRC’s “Damn Those Conservatives To Hell” award.
Another military hero, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Rob O’Neill – who was introduced by MRC president Brent Bozell as “the man who sent Osama bin Laden straight to hell” - received a standing ovation from the largely conservative crowd.
Attendees at the MRC Gala were given the opportunity to vote electronically for each winner of the Dishonor Awards from a list of three nominees.
MRC’s “Puppy Love Award” – described by former talk show host and TV commentator Martha Zoller as an award for “the journalist who grovels the most before a liberal icon” – overwhelmingly went to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell for calling President Obama’s Dreams of My Father “the finest literary work ever authored by a president of the United States” on Feb. 3, 2015.
The “Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis” went to Sally Kohn and “the women of CNN” for holding up their hands on air on Dec. 13, 2014 in solidarity with Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter movement. An investigation by the Department of Justice found that Brown did not hold his hands up before he was killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The audience also voted to give actress Ashley Judd the “Celebrity Dumbass Award” for her Jan. 30, 2015 comments on the The Larry King Show in which she stated that Hillary Clinton "might be the most overqualified candidate [for president] since Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.”
“No one in their right minds could get away with saying these things unless they were in the media,” said master of ceremonies and syndicated columnist Cal Thomas.
Eagle Forum founder and prodigious author Phyllis Schlafly, whom Bozell called “a force of nature” and “a true conservative icon,” received the MRC’s only real award of the evening, the “William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence,” for her many books and op-eds defending conservative principles. The 91-year-old Schlafly was unable to attend the gala, but sent a video accepting the award.
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