"I felt this thrill going up my leg…"

The Media Research Center’s 21st annual awards for the year’s worst reporting has just been released. The awards are a compilation of the most outrageous and/or humorous news media quotes for 2008. Not surprisingly, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews took top "honors." Who could forget this effusive Obama slobbering from Matthews to co-anchor Keith Olbermann during the Democratic primaries.

Chris Matthews: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My — I felt this thrill going up my leg.  I mean, I don’t have that too often.”

Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: “Steady.”

Matthews: “No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.”

As ridiculous and asinine as the thrill running up and down Chris Matthews’ leg, it would be hard to surpass the sheer stupidity of Time magazine’s November 17, 2008, cover story on Obama.

“Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope….Barack Hussein Obama did not win because of the color of his skin. Nor did he win in spite of it. He won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own.”

Time magazine must have become Obama disciples when they heard the messiah say he would slow the rise in the oceans and heal the planet. I suppose if Time magazine believes Obama can part the seas so to speak, comparing him to the Child born in a manger is reasonable.

We’ve all seen and heard these quotes before but there some new ones. Read the rest here.


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