Naturally, the conservative Media Research Center's annual "DisHonors Awards" gala is full of jokes about Chris Matthews, liberal media bias, MSNBC's ratings and more Chris Matthews. But CNN, with its reputation as the anti-partisan cable news channel, isn't safe either. So why would CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist show up at the event?
He wouldn't tell us when we asked at the conclusion of the gala, which was peppered with shots at CNN by the evening's presenters. Feist, who sat through the whole awards program, told TheBlaze that he'd rather not do any interviews about his appearance at the event, joking that he'd had too much to drink.
So, what did Feist have to bear?
At one point MRC President Brent Bozell ticked off the three cable news channels. "Fox, good," he said. "CNN, bad." Feist let out an audile "aww!" as the rest of his table mates looked at him in amusement. (MSNBC was pronounced "unforgivable" by Bozell.)
Later, nominees were named for the "Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis." One of them was CNN anchor Deb Feyerick who back in February asked a guest, in earnest, whether it's possible global warming could lead to an asteroid colliding with the earth.
Feist was seen pretending to slam his head on the dinner table.
Fox News contributor Monica Crowley presented "the funnies," which were simply clips of anchor bloopers and late-night show jokes about the news. One of the clips harkened back to CNN anchor Jonathan Mann's embarrassing slip of the tongue in July. In a segment about the extinction of the dodo bird, Mann mistakenly said "dildo."
"I don't know what the guys over there at CNN are thinking when they do the news," Crowley said.
If nothing else, you can't call Sam Feist a bad sport. In the photo above, Feist is seen in the center, playing with one of the party favors at the gala.