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May 01 2013

And the Oscar for Wingnut Babbling Goes To…

The Heritage Foundation, which was once actually a serious think tank and has now apparently become a home for third-rate polemicists, has awarded the 2013 Breitbart Award for Excellence in Journalism to…(drumroll please)…Michelle Malkin. They like her, they really like her!

The Heritage Foundation and Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity presented the second annual Breitbart Award to Michelle Malkin, syndicated columnist and Fox News Channel contributor. Malkin was honored at tonight’s Krieble Dinner at Heritage’s Resource Bank. The award was presented by Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Franklin Center President Jason Stverak.

The Breitbart Award honors those who advocate for the truth — a quality that Malkin exemplifies. As the founder of three successful conservative blogs — michellemalkin.com, Hot Air (now owned by Salem Communications), and Twitchy — has changed the way Americans consume media. Malkin dedicates her life to tackling the issues others often shy away from.

Planet Wingnuttia is all abuzz, waiting to see who wins the David Vitter Award for the Promotion of Family Values and and the Michele Bachmann Award for Mental Stability.

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  1. 1
    Gretchen

    the 2013 Breitbart Award for Excellence in Journalism

    Wow. Is there an award that a person should be more ashamed to receive than this one?

    I mean, aside from a Darwin award?

  2. 2
    Raging Bee

    This is an all-but-explicit admission that the Heritage Foundation is just an empty shell of a “think” tank. If they still had anything to offer in the way of serious ideas or discourse of any sort, they would not have had to stoop this low.

    The “conservative” movement — small or big C — hasn’t had a serious agenda since the 1990s. ALL of their central ideas have been proven to be dead wrong, if not fraudulent from the get-go.

  3. 3
    composer99

    The Breitbart Award honors those who advocate for the truth

    I would say this will probably be the most odious lie I see today, but who knows what Ed will come across later?

  4. 4
    Synfandel

    As the founder of three successful conservative blogs…has changed the way Americans consume media.

    What, they use a fork now?

  5. 5
    slc1

    The appointment of a a whackjob like Jim DeMint is proof positive of the lack of seriousness of the organization as it exists today. The inmates have taken over the asylum.

  6. 6
    Nick Gotts

    The Heritage Foundation, which was once actually a serious think tank

    Really? When was that? It was founded in 1971 with funding from Joseph Coors and Richard Mellon Scaife and (like the whole “libertarian” movement) has never been anything other than a front for corporate interests. It cut its teeth lying about the damage to the ozone layer – and is still doing so.

  7. 7
    flatlander100

    I presume the Vitter Award is a miniature gold plated diaper with engraved credit card icon tactfully located.

  8. 8
    Chiroptera

    Nick Gotts (formerly KG), #6: Really? When was that?

    I think it was right up until the paperwork for incorporation was finalized.

  9. 9
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Well, to be fair, an award named after a slimeball like Breitbart is appropriate for a slimeball like Malkin.

  10. 10
    dogmeat

    Wow. Is there an award that a person should be more ashamed to receive than this one?

    I mean, aside from a Darwin award?

    A Darwin Award Honorable Mention?

    I mean c’mon, it says you had the stupidity to qualify for a Darwin Award but lacked the competence, or follow through, necessary to win “the big one.”

    What, they use a fork now?</blockquote

    Nah, a shovel.

  11. 11
    Scott Hanley

    Wow. Is there an award that a person should be more ashamed to receive than this one?

    I mean, aside from a Darwin award?

    Not fair. The winner of a Darwin award has performed a useful service to the species.

  12. 12
    aaronbaker

    Just the slightest taste of vomit at the back of my throat.

  13. 13
    democommie

    “Wow. Is there an award that a person should be more ashamed to receive than this one?”

    The Jeffrey Dahmer Award for Culinary Excellence?

    The Adolf Hitler Humanitarian Award?*

    * Fuck it, I’m tired of always waiting until somebody else Godwins the thread.

  14. 14
    Larry

    he Breitbart Award honors those who advocate for the truth

    I don’t think truth means what they think it means.

  15. 15
    timgueguen

    In one sense they probably didn’t have a choice/ If the award persists they’d have to give it to Malkin sooner or later, because she’s just about the only prominent non-white woman they’ve got. So why wait?

  16. 16
    fifthdentist

    Using the words “Michelle Malkin” and “journalism” in the same sentence should be a crime.
    Unless the sentence is something along the lines of: “Whatever the fuck Michelle Malkin does, it’s not journalism.”

  17. 17
    John Pieret

    Like all the big awards, this needs a nickname.

    I think “The Ditzy” sums it up nicely.

  18. 18
    d.c.wilson

    What does the award look like? A bust of Andy, his mouth open mid screams his eyes bulging out of their sockets with rage?

  19. 19
    d.c.wilson

    Larry@14:

    The truth is whatever they want to hear.

  20. 20
    Kengi

    I suppose the Heritage Foundation was a serious think tank back when it led the fight to prove that smoking was good for your health. I mean, the science and medical community eventually agreed with them, right? That’s why cigarettes are proscribed by so many doctors now. That whole “cancer” thing was just scare mongering by left-wing radicals.

  21. 21
    caseloweraz

    Casting about for some way to tweak that story, I settled on this line: “The Breitbart Award honors those who advocate for the truth — a quality that Malkin exemplifies.”

    “The Breitbart Award honors those who advacate for truth — a quality that Malkin exemplifies.”

    FTFY.

    Meaning, per the Urban Dictionary definition, that she is nowhere in the room when truth is presented.

  22. 22
    Pieter B, FCD

    the 2013 Breitbart Award for Excellence in Journalism

    Good thing I ducked. I’m just gonna shut down and unplug my irony meter before I connect to FTB from now on.

  23. 23
    lclane2

    Pinocchio doesn’t stand a chance with this crowd.

  24. 24
    Geds

    Synfandel @4: What, they use a fork now?

    You know that episode of South Park where everyone starts eating with their ass and pooping through their mouth? It’s kinda like that but even more disgusting.

  25. 25
    Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “What does the award look like? A bust of Andy, his mouth open mid screams his eyes bulging out of their sockets with rage?”
    It’s a bust of Nixon, inscribed “omnia ira est”.

  26. 26
    kantalope

    The George Carlin Reverence Award
    The David Barton Accuracy in History Prize
    The Three Week Old Puppy Carpet Cleaning award

  27. 27
    lpetrich

    It’s so much fun to invent awards like what our host and democommie have invented:

    The Joseph Stalin Award for Family Farming

    The Trofim Lysenko Award for Gene Discovery

    The Kim Il Sung Award for Modesty in Leadership

    The King George III Award for Support of Regional Autonomy

  28. 28
    tommykey

    @ Nick Gotts. I think it is more a matter of Heritage once trying to at least play the role of an ideas factory for the conservative movement.

  29. 29
    timgueguen

    This award is sort of like the Montgomery Burns Award For Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence..

  30. 30
    democommie

    @28:

    Ideas, ideas they got, out the ass. Sane ideas, now, that’s a fine kettle of fish of a different sauce for the gander.

    “I think “The Ditzy” sums it up nicely.”

    What, no, “Cheeseburgerz in Paradise”?

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