June 26, 2008

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Bill O'Reilly has a checkered history with the Peabody Awards. For years, he claimed that his work on Inside Edition garnered two Peabodys, until he was outed by nemesis Al Franken as having confused the Polk Awards (won after O'Reilly was no longer with Inside Edition) with the more prestigious Peabodys.

Obviously, that kind of public mistake has to smart a man with as big an ego as his mouth. So it is with no little irony to see him mention the Peabodys on his Thursday broadcast, talking about Bill Moyers receiving one. Funny enough, while I can think of no one in journalism more deserving--and Moyers has been awarded 10 Peabodys over his career --Moyers was not on the list of winners this year. So why the slam on the Peabodys?

You may have heard about the Peabody Award, the prestigious prize given by the University of Georgia to journalists. Seems every few minutes our pal Bill Moyers wins one of those. And we're very happy for him. So happy, in fact, that we looked into the political leanings of the Peabody board. Interesting. There are ten liberals on it, two conservatives. Sounds like Newsweek magazine. Horace Newcomb, the director of the Peabody deal, and a Democrat himself, says he's not concerned. Nor are we, because we're sure the judging is ... fair and balanced. Party on, Peabody guys.

Indeed. Actually, there are 16 members of the Peabody panel, not twelve, and their respective political affiliations seems less than obvious by the list, nor particularly relevant to their bona fides as members of the Peabody board. But hey, why deal in facts when you can get a nice little librul conspiracy action working. You know why I think Bill O'Reilly's miffed at the Peabodys? Because guess who won a Peabody this year, basically for acting like Bill O'Reilly?

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