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As long as we’re dwelling on convenient cultural ratings, behold the “10 Worst Media Disasters of 2011,” according to media trainer Brad Phillips. In first place is former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner’s “Twitter scandal,” followed by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s interview with NBC about child rape charges against him, the “Herman Cain affair,” “Charlie Sheen’s downward spiral” and, in fifth place, President Obama’s joking remarks about “joblessness.”

In sixth place: “Rick Perry’s ‘Oops’ moment,” Rupert Murdoch’s response to the News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal, National Public Radio’s chief fundraiser Ron Schiller calling the tea party “racist,” Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” comment and, finally, Hank Williams Jr.’s on-camera comparison of Mr. Obama to Hitler.

Mr. Phillips offers video evidence of all his nominations here: www.mrmediatraining.com.

POLL DU JOUR

c 54 percent of Americans think Mitt Romney is “a very intelligent person.”

c 69 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of conservatives, 60 percent of independents, 47 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of liberals agree.

c 49 percent overall say Mr. Romney’s business experience is “an asset.”

c 67 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of conservatives, 57 percent of independents, 36 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of liberals agree.

c 45 percent overall are not sure if Mr. Romney is too liberal or too conservative.

c 34 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of conservatives, 43 percent of independents, 45 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of liberals agree.

c 33 percent overall would vote for Mr. Romney if he won the nomination.

c 65 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of conservatives, 40 percent of independents, 8 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of liberals agree.

c 8 percent overall say Mr. Romney is “too liberal.”

c 15 percent of Republicans, 19 percent of conservatives, 8 percent of independents, 3 percent of Democrats and 0 percent of liberals agree.

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