Dan Rather Medals for News and Guts

 

I see that the University of Texas has inaugurated a journalism award named after Dan Rather. For those too young to remember, Dan Rather is infamous for attempting — unsuccessfully — to sway the 2004 Presidential race in favor of Democratic candidate John Kerry by launching a smear attack against Republican candidate President George W. Bush based on an obviously fraudulent document allegedly produced in the 1970s but in fact created using Microsoft Word.

In a similar spirit, I’d like to suggest a few more honors the learned folk at UT might like to bestow.

Jeffrey Epstein Award for Service to Minors

O.J. Simpson Exceptional Husband Award

Harvey Weinstein Award for Excellence in Relationships

Jussie Smollett Recognition for Accuracy in Crime Reporting

BLM/Antifa Award for Urban Small Business Support

Leo DiCaprio Megayacht Award for Environmental Sensitivity

Twitter/Facebook Prize for Support of Free Speech

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  1. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    The Anderson Cooper Garter for Sassiness

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  2. Full Size Tabby Member
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    As you know, keeping parody ahead of reality is hard.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was given the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership following his controversial response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Washington Examiner, December 10.

    Per The Federalist, Cuomo tweeted,

    “I learned about humanity, leadership and putting people first from the great Senator Ted Kennedy.”

    As a newspaper columnist (perhaps James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal) used to say,

    “Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.”

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  3. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    The Anderson Cooper Garter for Sassiness

    Here’s a young Anderson Cooper on the TV game show “To Tell The Truth.” He’s one of the impostors … Note the ease with which he tells lies on national television:

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  4. SkipSul Inactive
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    The Max Boot Fedora for consistency of stated belief.

     

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  5. SkipSul Inactive
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    The ¡Jebbie!  Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

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  6. Vince Guerra Member
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    Don’t forget the Baghdad Bob award for journalistic integrity. Of course, we couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a single winner this year.

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  7. SkipSul Inactive
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    Brian Williams award for bravery in field reporting.

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  8. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Coolidge
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  9. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    As you know, keeping parody ahead of reality is hard.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was given the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership following his controversial response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Washington Examiner, December 10.

    Per The Federalist, Cuomo tweeted,

    “I learned about humanity, leadership and putting people first from the great Senator Ted Kennedy.”

    As a newspaper columnist (perhaps James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal) used to say,

    “Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.”

    I thought it perfectly appropriate.  If Mary Jo had lived she’d be old enough now to die in a New York nursing home.

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  10. SkipSul Inactive
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    The Cooper – awarded for Journalistic Understatement.

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  11. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The ¡Jebbie! Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

    …in Spanish!

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  12. SkipSul Inactive
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The ¡Jebbie! Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

    …in Spanish!

    Who cares?

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  13. kedavis Inactive
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The ¡Jebbie! Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

    Another good example.

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  14. kedavis Inactive
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Brian Williams award for bravery in field reporting.

     

    Shouldn’t that be Elizabeth Warren?

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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The Cooper – awarded for Journalistic Understatement.

    I like the one about Cooper saying that Trump told everyone to eat grass.

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    kedavis (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Brian Williams award for bravery in field reporting.

    Shouldn’t that be Elizabeth Warren?

    He told better whoppers.

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  17. kedavis Inactive
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Brian Williams award for bravery in field reporting.

    Shouldn’t that be Elizabeth Warren?

    He told better whoppers.

    I meant Elizabeth Warren instead of Rachel Dolezal.  In a tepee.

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  18. SkipSul Inactive
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Brian Williams award for bravery in field reporting.

    Shouldn’t that be Elizabeth Warren?

    He told better whoppers.

    I meant Elizabeth Warren instead of Rachel Dolezal. In a tepee.

    Ewwwww.

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  19. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The ¡Jebbie! Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

    …in Spanish!

    Who cares?

    I can’t remember. 3%?

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  20. DonG (Biden is compromised) Coolidge
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    They could have gone this guy, who studied journalism at UT.

     

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  21. Old Bathos Moderator
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    There are so many other role models to choose from: Jayson Blair, Janet Cooke, Steven Glass, Walter Duranty…

     

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  22. kedavis Inactive
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    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    The ¡Jebbie! Awarded for answering questions nobody asked, or cared about.

    …in Spanish!

    Who cares?

    I can’t remember. 3%?

    3% + or – Gary.

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  23. Stad Coolidge
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    The Jeffrey Toobin Award for Wrist Fitness.

    The Dr. Jill Biden Award for her fight against status insecurity.

    The Stad Award for Beer Recycling . . .

     

     

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  24. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    The Lincoln project award for “conservative  purity”

    The Walter Duranty award for Foreign correspondence

    The Ted Kennedy Driving award 

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  25. Charlotte Member
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    The Rod Blagojevich Medal for Integrity in Public Service.

    Of course it would be affectionately known as The Blago.

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  26. Jeffery Shepherd Inactive
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    John “Maverick” McCain Savings and Loan Steele Dossier Award for Pettiness 

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  27. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    The Tom Cruise Award for Stoicism in the Face of Adversity.

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