This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a year-end summary of the the dopiest journalists and their statements of 2016 as pulled together by our Scream partner, the Media Research Center.
"The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year" were picked by a panel of 39 leading conservative media observers, including Washington Examiner columnist Cal Thomas.
The 2015 award for the dopiest quote was won by Dylan Matthews for a July 4 Vox.com post, which was presciently the Mainstream Media Scream winner in the July 13 Washington Examiner, in which he denounced the American Revolution as a "mistake" because, among other reasons, it has made government too small:
"American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake....I'm reasonably confident a world in which the revolution never happened would be better than the one we live in now, for three main reasons: Slavery would've been abolished earlier, American Indians would've faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government....Government spending in parliamentary countries is about 5 percent of GDP higher."
The first runner-up, left-wing New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who, in a December 29, 2014 interview, told Vox.com's Ezra Klein that no one could guess his political leanings: "As a Times columnist, I can't do endorsements, so you have no idea which party I favor in general elections."
The second runner-up was another Mainstream Media Scream pick from about a year ago when several CNN analysts, led by Sally Kohn, raised their arms in solidarity with the false "Hands up, don't shoot" narrative: "Right now, thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values. We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them."
Chris Matthews couldn't be left out and made the cut as the third runner-up for, after an Amtrak derailment in May, touting the joys of communist regimes sending railroads straight through neighborhoods while in the U.S. our trains have to make turns:
"We have a country where people can complain. In communist countries like China, they just draw a straight line, whether it goes through your house or not, it's a straight line. We have this Amtrak, I've been taking it for a half a century, it doesn't go in a straight line. In this case, it tried to make a turn and turned over, because there's so many turns on that route. How do you get rid of the turns?"
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the picks: "Another year of the silliest and most inane from national journalists seemingly unaware of how they are embarrassing themselves with such fatuous pronouncements."
Rating: Five out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.