--Wacky Conspiracy Award: CBS's Steve Kroft
Kroft (60 Minutes, 1/30/11) explained the apparently demented worldview of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange:
--Paul's Not Newt Award: Washington Post's Sarah Kaufman
Kaufman (12/15/11) puzzled over the lack of interest in Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul:
--Blind Faith in Precision Weapons Award: CNN's Chris Lawrence
The Pentagon correspondent (3/20/11) was confident from the start of the Libya War that civilians could not possibly be killed:
--That's Our Newt Award: Washington Post's Dan Balz; New York Times' Trip Gabriel
Gabriel wrote (New York Times, 11/29/11): "In an election season rife with factual misstatements, deliberate and otherwise, Mr. Gingrich sometimes seems to stand out for exhibiting an excess of knowledge."
Balz (5/12/11) called the former House speaker "an idea-spewing machine"and a "one-man think tank." The reporter warned of one pitfall: "A keen intellect can also translate into the appearance of intellectual superiority."
--Exceptionally Clueless Columnist Award: Washington Post's Kathleen Parker
Parker wrote a column (1/30/11) about how the president "seems afraid" of the word "exceptionalism"--a favorite anti-Obama conservative talking point. Parker claimed that during the State of the Union address, Obama spoke of America's "uniqueness," but he "studiously avoided using the word." One problem: according to a review of presidential papers going back to 1929 (USNews.com, 1/31/11), only one president has ever uttered the phrase "American exceptionalism"...and that's Barack Obama.