Politifact has thrown the left into full sputtering outrage with their award for 2011's LIE OF THE YEAR - that "Republicans voted to end Medicare." Oh, oh that's got to hurt.
Just behind Obama's class nuclear warfare in importance, the left's claim that Republicans are going to end Medicare is one of the central themes of the Democrat's 2012 reelection campaign. So this from Politifact will have real consequences. This drops a huge pile of excreta right into the middle of the Dem's strategy. If you want to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth, just visit Steve Benen or Paul Krugman. The schadenfreude, it's . . . it's almost too much . . . to stand.
The Media Research Center has compiled their awards for "the years worst reporting," spread among 17 categories. Competition in each category was stiff. Ultimately the MRC awarded the grand prize for worst quote to Paul Krugman for this gem:
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. [The] atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neo-cons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons....The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.”
Meanwhile, the coveted Obamagasm Award went to Esquire’s Stephen Marche for:
“Can we just enjoy Obama for a moment? Before the policy choices have to be weighed and the hard decisions have to be made, can we just take a month or two to contemplate him the way we might contemplate a painting by Vermeer or a guitar lick by the early-seventies Rolling Stones or a Peyton Manning pass or any other astounding, ecstatic human achievement? Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph....’I am large, I contain multitudes,’ Walt Whitman wrote, and Obama lives that lyrical prophecy....Barack Obama is developing into what Hegel called a ‘world-historical soul,’ an embodiment of the spirit of the times. He is what we hope we can be.”
Somebody get that boy a towel. For all of the winners and the runners-up, see here.