Brent Bozell

Fifty years from now, schoolchildren may learn that 2003 was the year President Bush liberated Iraq, creating a prosperous powerhouse of democratic capitalism in the Middle East. We don't know how it will turn out, of course. But we know one thing: The first draft of history out of our national media came from the angry left, furious at the exercise of American power and solicitous of the dictator now in the dock.

The worst media eruptions of 2003 are now collected in the Media Research Center's annual greatest-misses collection known as the Best of Notable Quotables. Forty-six judges selected the ugliest of the ugly, lest we forget how ridiculous our media elite can be.

Flummoxed filmmaker Michael Moore was handed the "Barbara Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity" for telling Bob Costas on HBO that the U.S. government knows exactly where Osama bin Laden is hiding but is lying to everyone with their terror alerts in order to milk 9-11 for political purposes. "I think our government knows where he is," Moore proclaimed, "and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him anytime soon."

PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers won his own "Bill Moyers Award" for subsidized sanctimony for comparing those Americans who wear flag pins on their lapels to lapdogs in communist China, "where I saw Mao's Little Red Book on every official's desk, omnipresent and unread." He concluded with moral equivalence: "I put it (the flag pin) on to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to Baghdad what Osama bin Laden did to us."

Saddam Hussein may now prepare in his prison cell for his propaganda outbursts in court, but it may look bland compared to ABC, which won the "Baghdad Bob Award for Parroting Enemy Propaganda." On the March 7 "Good Morning America," co-host Diane Sawyer passed along that "I read this morning that he's (Saddam's) also said the love that the Iraqis have for him is so much greater than Americans feel for their president because he's been loved for 35 years, he says, the whole 35 years."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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