Awarded: 2008 P.U.-litzers

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, along with media columnist Norman Solomon, has announced this year’s P.U.-litzer Prizes, recognizing “some of the nation’s stinkiest media performances” of the year. Out of what must have been a vast field of worthy nominees (cf 90 percent of CJR’s commentary on assorted media inanities), the judges selected ten winners. Among them:

- Chris Matthews, winning the HOT FOR OBAMA PRIZE for his infamous “My, I felt this thrill going up my leg” commentary. (Matthews, overcoming staggering odds, wins another award for his racially charged discussion of Obama’s bowling dexterity.)

- Fox News, winning the BEYOND PARODY PRIZE for an online teaser for The O’Reilly Factor: “Obama bombarded by personal attacks. Are they legit? Ann Coulter comments.”

- The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Chozik, winning for her infamous, ridiculous, Yahoo-message-board-sourced article arguing that Obama, “facing an overweight electorate,” might just be “too fit to be president.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.