The Media Research Center’s 2011 “Dishonors Awards” for the most liberally biased news reporting drew so many guests on Saturday evening that it was staged in the mammoth National Building Museum. The 1,000-plus revelers feasted upon beef tenderloin, chicken medallions filled with ham and decadent chocolate mousse on a nougatine crust. They watched the likes of Ann Coulter, G. Gordon Liddy and American Spectator editor R. Emmett Tyrrell stroll through the crowd. Guests also had a goody bag full of noisemakers — slide whistles, tiny tambourines, bird tweeters — to augment the proceedings, if they felt the need. They did.
There were awards, of course, the winners determined by a panel of judges that included talk-radio gods Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Accolades such as the “Damn Those Conservatives Award” singled out journalists and pundits known for their vigorous critiques of conservatives, tea party supporters and Republicans — and their adoration of the White House.
“Yes, the press drools over President Obama like a Burmese mountain dog,” said radio host Neal Boortz, who was presenting the, uh “Obamagasm Awards” for those nominees who are particularly protective of the White House.
“Yeah, these journalists are obsessed with a president who brought us change we can step in,” Mr. Boortz observed.
OSAMA THE GAME
Politicians continue to weigh in on President Obama’s decision not to release the post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. There is still much back-and-forth about which president deserves more credit for the defeat of the terrorist leader — Mr. Obama or former President George W. Bush. The bin Laden home videos released by federal officials are a hit on YouTube and beyond. Little boys in Pakistan are now re-enacting the event with toy guns, according to local press reports. And now, an inevitable culture moment arrives.
The brand new “Kill bin Laden” video game is ready for public consumption, categorized by its makers as a “squad-based first-person shooter” mission. “Osama 2011” from Kuma Games allows players to either join up with Navy SEAL Team 6 to pursue bin Laden from room to room of his hide-out, or team up with bin Laden defenders. PC Magazine, a trade publication, is predicting a public relations nightmare for the manufacturer.
CEO Keith Halper, however, contends the game helps Americans understand what the U.S. military faces in combat and could help the nation find “closure” to the 10-year effort to find the terrorist.
“Bin Laden was a bad man, and people feel relieved that he is gone. To be able to recreate his death is just an added bonus,” Mr. Halper says, noting that the game can be downloaded for free at the company’s website (www.kumagames.com).
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