Inside the Beltway: Great Scott: The reviews are in

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Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

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What? Their favorite “perennial favorite and eternal gas bag” Chris Matthews did not win the top naughty quote award from the Media Research Center, which cites the most outrageous or biased news reports at year’s end. The MSNBC host only warrants a second runner-up from the conservative watchdog group. The Quote of the Year award goes instead to MSNBC correspondent Melissa Harris-Perry, who won for her comment on the Founding Fathers during a Fourth of July broadcast.

“The land on which they formed this union was stolen. The hands with which they built this nation were enslaved. The women who birthed the citizens of the nation are second class. This is the imperfect fabric of our nation, at times we’ve torn and stained it, and at other moments, we mend and repair it. But it’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us,” Ms. Harris-Perry said.

But wait, there’s more. Yahoo News Washington bureau chief and former ABC News political director David Chalian is first runner-up for a quip he made Aug. 28 about Mitt and Ann Romney during ABC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention. This comment also earned him a pink slip from the network: “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

And about Mr. Matthews. He got his recognition for a peculiar take on Hurricane Sandy, uttered on Nov. 7: “I am so proud of the country, to re-elect this president. A good day for America. I’m so glad we had that storm last week, because I think the storm was one of those things — no, politically I should say, not in terms of hurting people — the storm brought in possibilities for good politics,” Mr. Matthews noted.

“Give the Mayans some credit; 2012 was the end of the world — for serious journalism. So many so-called news reporters eagerly sacrificed their integrity on the altar of Obama to keep their false god in power,” said Brent Bozell, director of the center. “It takes true commitment to overlook this administration’s disastrous economy and crumbling foreign policy, but they found a way to put lipstick, eyeliner, and a prom dress on that pig.”

See winners and runners-up, videos and quotes at www.mrc.org.

CLINTON’S CLOSE-UP

Here it comes: Bill Clinton is readying himself for Hollywood. Martin Scorsese will direct and produce a documentary about the former president for HBO, with all the bells and whistles. Mr. Clinton will “fully cooperate,” the cable channel says, and “intimate conversations” are in order between director and president. Both are eager.

“A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world. Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure,” Mr. Scorsese said.

“I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” Mr. Clinton said. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as president, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 62 percent of Americans say parents should discuss the Newtown shootings with their children.

• 38 percent say parents should discuss the events “not much” or “not at all.”

• 53 percent say parents should restrict children’s viewing of the news coverage.

• 47 percent say the Newtown shootings reflect greater “societal problems” in the U.S.

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