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Outrageous Quote of the Year Playoffs - Q1 2007

Reported by Chrish - December 2, 2007 -

In the spirit of the season we've decided to do a playoff series for you, the readers, to decide the Outrageous Quote of the Year 2007, as presented by FOX News hosts and guests. Have fun! The nominees for Outrageous Quote of the first Quarter appear after the jump.

** Be sure to scroll down and vote in all 3 polls! **

JANUARY 2007

Option A: "Yeah, but a number of [people on death row] were found by DNA, though, not to have been guilty." - Terry Keenan, host

"That is such a tiny, miniscule percentage, I'm willing to live with it." - Greg Gutfeld, guest, Cashin' In, 1/6/07

Option B: "Dan, you talk about a hostile enemy obviously being Iraq, but hostile enemies right here on the home front." - Gretchen Carlson referring to Sen. Ted Kennedy as a "hostile enemy", Fox & Friends, 1/10/07

Option C: "The situation that Hearst found herself in was exciting. She had a boring life, she was a child of privilege, all of a sudden she's in with a bunch of charismatic thugs, and she enjoyed it. The situation here, for this kid, looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his 'old' parents. He didn't have to go to school, he could run around and do whatever he wanted...And I think, when it all comes down, what's gonna happen is, there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances". - Dr. Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly Factor, 1/15/07

Option D: "It is a crime, Chris. And prosecutors every day are presented an array of instances in which they can see a crime. They prosecute a few of them. And it is what is called prosecutorial discretion. It is a critical part of the job which charges to bring and which charges not to bother with. Here, clearly, when you look at the scope of what he was supposed to be investigating, is a case in which he brought forth not something not very major." - Brit Hume attempting to discredit prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Fox News Sunday, 1/28/07


FEBRUARY 2007

Option A: "NBC has lost over two million viewers since Peter Jennings stepped down and then Tom Brokaw, his show has lost about, I don’t know, two million viewers." - Julie Banderas, The O'Reilly Factor, 1/30/07

Option B: "It’s time a few things be said about him...This guy is long past the day when he had anything but the foggiest awareness of what the heck is going on in the world.” - Brit Hume discussing Rep. John Murtha, FOX News Sunday, 2/18/07

Option C: “Look, Al Qaeda, they could bring a nuke into this country and kill a hundred thousand people with a well-placed nuke somewhere, OK? We would recover from that. It would be a terrible tragedy but the teachers unions in this country can destroy a generation...Well, they are destroying a generation. They’re MUCH more dangerous. You know, we worry about Al Qaeda, and we should, but at the same time, let’s not let the teachers’ unions escape.” - Neal Boortz, Hannity & Colmes, 2/20/07

Option D: "Now I submit to you that that is a real, honest-to-god drama. Now it may not fit the high-minded views of a lot of news professionals, people who think that, you know, their, their news program is just another part of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. That only certain kind of news is worthy of their discussing. Those people are snobs. They’re people who, who, when they see a story, go, 'Ew, icky. I don’t want to do that.' I did this for years. You know, I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve approached many stories and said, “That story isn’t worth our trouble.” It has always been a mistake. Always. Every single time I did it. And so when I see people like this guy — (Anderson Cooper) 'There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.' (Gibson, sarcastically) 'Oh, there’s a war on, there’s a war on. Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else. Maybe that’s why they all thundered to this story." - John Gibson on Anna Nicole Smith over Iraq war coverage, The Big Story, 2/2/7/07


MARCH 2007

Option A: "Now this tells you a lot. Fox or no Fox, this tells you a lot about what the Moveon.org, Daily Kos kind of left-wing liberals are all about. I mean they are not about free speech and free debate. If Fox, you know, was embarrassingly right wing or something like that, it would be plain for all to see. They just want to stop at any of their — any Democrats from participating in this because it is a Fox thing, and they’re willing to intimidate them to do it. This is junior grade Stalinism on their part." - Mort Kondracke on Democrats pulling out of the Nevada primary debate, Beltway Boys, March 10, 2007

Option B: "The Soros-Lewis mob despises FOX News because we have their number and report on them accurately. They use the MoveOn Web site to smear this network and others with whom they disagree. These people use propaganda techniques perfected by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of information -- they lie, distort, defame all the time. So it's not surprising that MoveOn objected to a debate sponsored by FOX News and the Nevada Democratic Party. MoveOn immediately tried to boycott the August event and persuaded John Edwards to drop out. That was simply stupid." Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, 3/12/07

Option C: "Congress doesn't have any legitimate oversight responsibility on the White House." Tony Snow, White House spokesman, on Congressional probes into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, Fox & Friends, 3/22/07

Option D: "Cut her mic." Bill O'Reilly to guest U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright, after she said she had served 29 years and asked him how long he had served, The O'Reilly Factor, 3/30/07