Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The ‘What A Maroon’ Award

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for ... This week’s “What A Maroon” award goes to...


MSNBC anchor Brewer was hoisted by her own petard during an interview with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama). They were discussing the economy and whether President Obama’s spending policies averted a depression.

Brooks disputed her contention about a depression, which led to this exchange.

According to the former KMIR news anchor’s official MSNBC biography, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (cum laude) and Certificate of Contemporary Europe from Syracuse University. Nowhere does it mention that Brewer, unlike Brooks, has a degree in economics.

Any lawyer will tell you to never ask a question when you don’t know the answer. But Brewer is no lawyer. She claims to be a journalist, but violated one of the most basic rules of journalism — Do Your Homework!

She was obviously unaware of Brook’s credentials. A one-minute glance at Brook’s Congressional website would have told her what she needed to know. Basic research is Journalism 101. This cum laude grad must have missed that class.


In honor of the great American philosopher Bugs Bunny who first coined the phrase, I’ve decided to present the “What a Maroon” award each week to the politician, organization or celebrity who makes the most sand-poundingly stupid statement of recent days.

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