Friday, December 30, 2005

Media Matters: The Most Outrageous Statements of 2005

The indispensable Media Matters for America has made their list (and fact-checked it twice) of the Most Outrageous Statements of 2005, and it is like a walk down Bad Memory Lane. Here they are, so we never forget:

"[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
-- Bill Bennett, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, 9/28/05

"If [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it."
-- Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, 8/22/05

"[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."
-- Bill O'Reilly to San Francisco, The Radio Factor, 12/8/05

"I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here."
-- Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are "biological weapon[s]", The Radio Factor, 4/15/05

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."
-- Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/05

"I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this."
-- Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05

Bill Clinton "was a very good rapist"
"I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties"
"I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning." -- all Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 1/10/05

"Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?"
-- Ann Coulter, Syndicated column, 2/3/05

"[Y]ou know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year."
-- Radio host Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05

"Canada is a sweet country. It is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's Canada."
-- Tucker Carlson, MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05

Liberals "don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people have, and certainly not church responsibilities."
-- American Family Association president Tim Wildmon, American Family Radio's Today's Issues, 5/11/05

"It's very hard to have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own son and doesn't respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an idiot."
-- David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan, MSNBC's Connected: Coast to Coast, 8/16/05

"[T]here will be riots in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course, will lead to wide scale looting. There are a lot of aspiring rappers and NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right now."
-- Radio host Neal Boortz on the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams,, 12/12/05

"Our guys [in Iraq] have got every right to have good news put into the media and get to the people of Iraq, even if it's got to be planted or bought."
-- Pat Buchanan, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05

Given EPA-mandated "small-flush" toilets, "[h]ow is it possible to flush a Quran down the toilet?"
-- National Review editor Rich Lowry, Young America's Foundation speech, 8/5/05

"I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in either direction on Fulton Industrial Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job. What's that? Well, no, no, no. ... Well, you know what? [laughing] Now that you mention it ... [i]f that's the only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers."
-- Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed in an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution, The Neal Boortz Show, 10/24/05

Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little girls ... between a man and his donkey."
-- James C. Dobson, Focus on the Family radio program, 10/6/05

"Have you noticed that many news organizations, in honor of former ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking campaign? So why don't our media launch a campaign advising people to quit engaging in the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle? ... It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking."
-- Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05


An astounding list, with only a few quibbles:

In fairness to Bill Bennett, he says stupider things than that all the time.

And I would have added three more to the Hall of Shame:

1. The surreal moment when both Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity said "I don't believe it." when told that the mother of fallen American hero Pat Tillman said Pat was against the war in Iraq and intended to vote for John Kerry.

Ann Coulter had quite a time in the last year, exploiting Tillman's memory for the sake of her own cause. She even wrote that "unlike Kerry, he did not write his own recommendation or live to throw his medals over the White House fence in an anti-war rally." Yes, Ann, because he was killed by friendly fire.

2. George W. Bush's deathless "Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job."

3. When I saw the people stranded at the Convention Center for the first time on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, I believe it was two days later that "Brownie" was on CBS's The Early Show, and Harry Smith asked him about the Convention Center refugees, and Brown said no one in the government even knew they were there until late yesterday. It was a claim Harry found shocking... and so did I, since I'd known for longer than that, and I'm nobody.

Then a half hour or so later, I saw Brown on The Today Show, and Katie Couric asked him about the Convention Center refugees, and Brown said the media reports were untrue, that FEMA has gotten everyone in the Convention Center water and at least one meal a day every day for the last week. Katie found this claim hard to swallow... and so did I since, unlike Katie, I had been watching CBS!

Anyway, Brown obviously realized the first lie was patently ridiculous, so he trotted out a second, even more ridiculous lie. And to my mind, both should tie for most outrageous statement of the year.

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