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The liberal cable network’s hosts were nominated in four of the MRC’s five mock “awards” categories, presented in recognition of liberal media bias, and won two of the four.
The conservative media-watchdog group’s annual gala was held at the National Building Museum in Washington, using TV clips to cite the nominees, who were - not surprisingly - absent.
Ed Schultz, the firebrand host of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” was awarded the “Damn Those Conservatives Award” and “Quote of the Year.” Both were for a September 2009 segment in which Mr. Schultz, commenting on GOP opposition to the Obama health care bill, contended that Republicans “want to see you dead” and to “make money off your dead corpse.”
Another MSNBC host, Chris Matthews, was nominated in two categories, “The Obamagasm Award” and the “Damn Those Conservatives Award,” while a third, Keith Olbermann, who has since been fired by the cable network, was among nominees for “The Tea Party From Hell Award,” but both were shut out. Evan Thomas, an editor at Newsweek, took “The Obamagasm Award,” while Tavis Smiley of PBS won the anti-tea party award.
Mr. Thomas‘ award was for his effusive praise of President Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo. “I mean, in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world, he’s sort of God,” he said on Mr. Matthews’ “Hardball” show, responding to the host’s own lavish praise for the speech.
Mr. Olbermann, now with Current TV, a cable network owned in part by former Vice President Al Gore, was feted with a lifetime achievement award of sorts, “An Ode to Olbermann,” by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who along with MRC chief L. Brent Bozell III, was among the presenters.
“The I’m Not a Political Genius, But I Play One on TV Award” was given to actor-director Rob Reiner, edging out Roseanne Barr and Bill Maher.
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