ON-Lion Letter
In December, the Media Research Center (MRC) in Alexandria, Va., announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting contest.  The contest results in a compilation of the most-outrageous and/or -humorous news-media quotes from December 2008 through November 2009.
To determine this year's winners, a panel of 48 radio talk-show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers, and media observers each selected their choices for the first-, second-, and third-best quote from a slate of five to eight quotes in 16 categories.  First-place selections were awarded three points and second-place choices two points, with one point for the third place selections.  Each judge was also asked to choose a Quote of the Year, for the most-outrageous quote of 2009.

The Quote of the Year winner was from Melissa Lafsky, deputy web editor of Discover magazine, who wrote on The Huffington Post website about Mary Jo Kopechne in August.  Kopechne was a passenger in a car being driven by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1969.  After an incident, she drowned off Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.; Kennedy survived.

Of Kopechne, Lafsky wrote:

Mary Jo wasn't a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan. ...  We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she'd have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. ...  [One wonders what] Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted's death, and what she'd have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.  Who knows -- maybe she'd feel it was worth it.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports MRC, as does Bradley's Donor Intent Program.
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