This utterance of ignorance came in November, after the completely botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, which became the most damaging scandal of Obama's presidency, combining the president's dishonesty and his incompetence. MSNBC host Ed Schultz made a complete fool of himself and won the "Obamacare Orderlies Award" for promising this Internet black hole was going to be tremendous, amazing and fantastic.
"This is the website, folks, HealthCare.gov," he crowed on the night before the disaster began. "If you go to this website, you will find out how easy it is to read, how easy it is to navigate all the information, all the basic questions and all the direction you need to take to get involved, to get health care. This is a great guide, if I may say, for any of you out there who feel so confused by all of these right-wing commercials that are just permeating through your television screen."
Schultz not only lacked reading comprehension but also flunked mathematics. Schultz took another "prize" in the "Let Them Eat Dog Food Award for Freaking Out Over the Sequester's Puny Cuts." This brain cramp was unleashed on his radio show in February: "Now you've got a budget of three and a half trillion dollars in this fiscal year. This will take $85 billion out of it. That's damn near a third." A junior high math teacher would tell Big Eddie that $85 billion is only about 2.4 percent of $3.5 trillion.
The statist media despised sequestration in February and hated the shutdown in October. Politico columnist Roger Simon won the "Kamikaze Award for Disparaging Conservatives During the Shutdown" with this snide riddle: "Question: If Ted Cruz and John Boehner were both on a sinking ship, who would be saved? Answer: America."
There was an obvious "Quote of the Year" for 2013: the one that removed Martin Bashir from MSNBC. On Nov. 15, he carefully laid out the diary of one Thomas Thistlewood, who punished slaves by having someone urinate and defecate in their mouths. Bashir concluded that "if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she (Sarah Palin)would be the outstanding candidate."
For this, Bashir was out standing -- on the street corner looking for a new job. Maybe there's a slot at the Washington, D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. He'd feel right at home.