Best of NQ 2013

The Twenty-Sixth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting

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In addition to discussions on numerous radio talk shows where hosts cited quotes or interviewed MRC representatives, the Best of NQ Awards issue has been highlighted by these outlets:





  • (Interviews as of 12/29) Portland, Oregon-based Lars Larson on his national show, Jan Mickelson on WHO in Des Moines, Bob Dutko on WMUZ in Detroit, Mark Larson on KCBQ in San Diego and Tron Simpson on KCMN in Colorado Springs, Mike Rosen on KOA in Denver and Greg Garrison on WIBC in Indianapolis.

The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award
for Celebrity Vapidity


Oliver Stone (45 points)

“What is Reagan’s real legacy?...He deregulated industries, eroded environmental standards, defiantly ripping down the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had put on the White House roof, weakened the middle class, busted unions, heightened the racial divides, widened the gap between rich and poor....As far as Reagan’s much-vaunted role in winning the Cold War, the lion’s share of credit goes to Mikhail Gorbachev — a true visionary and, it turns out, the real democrat.”
— Oliver Stone narrating the December 31, 2012 installment of Showtime’s ten-part Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. [MP3 Audio]



Michael Moore (43 points)

“Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don’t. I used to....But at some point all individuals must answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?”
— Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore announcing his New Year’s resolutions in a December 31, 2012 article published by the Huffington Post.

Bill Maher (39 points)

“George Bush, over the Memorial Day weekend, held the Wounded Warrior 100K [bike ride], which was a kind of a celebration for wounded warriors who came back from Iraq, and I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs. And I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off, and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement.”
— HBO’s Bill Maher on Real Time, May 31. [MP3 Audio]

Bill Maher (37 points)

“This has become a kind of conventional wisdom — that the Republican Party has gone so far right, Reagan himself wouldn’t fit in....Ronald Reagan was an anti-government, union-busting, race-baiting, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, who cut rich people’s taxes in half, had an incurable case for the military-industrial complex, and said Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom. Sounds to me like he would fit in just fine....Both sides really should stop pretending he was something other than the man most responsible for our decline.”
— Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, June 7. [MP3 Audio]

Rob Reiner (32 points)

“Obama right now, where Obama is, is right around where Reagan was, right around where Nixon was. He’s no more left than those Republicans....Obama’s right around where Bob Dole is. They’re very similar, you know? There’s not much of a difference there.”
— Actor/activist Rob Reiner on the online “Overtime” after HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, November 1. [MP3 Audio]