MockingbirdAwards.com announced the winners of their 2020 awards competition today. The organization is dedicated to bringing light to and recognition for an overlooked area of media expertise, enthusiastic support for official government pronouncements. In particular, the focus of these awards is on media efforts to comfort concerns one might have about conspiracy theories around important events in our nation's history. This year the awards focused on media efforts to minimize conspiracy theories about 9/11.
The award categories are:
For broadcast media: “The Framer”
For print media: “The Silencer”
For social media: “The Mobbie”
The winners and runners-up for this year’s competition are:
"The Silencer" award goes to Scientific American (SA) magazine for its steadfast refusal over nearly two decades to treat the silly questions around the symmetric collapses of the first three steel superstructure high-rise buildings ever to collapse completely into their own footprints as worthy of discussion in scientific circles. There was some controversy in this year’s choice since SA seems to have ended its “Skeptic” column that regularly made fun of 9/11 truthers. Runner-up is The New York Times. It was the judges’ opinion that while the Times’ support for government pronouncements is much more visible than SA’s, their dedication to the official story about 9/11 has unfortunately gotten quieter during the last year, resulting in a runner-up position.
"The Mobbie" award goes to Reddit.com for its quarantining of the 911truth subreddit community. Reddit identifies this community as “...may contain a high degree of misinformation” and points persons viewing the community page to the 9/11 Commission Report for a more accurate description of the events on 9/11. The competition for this year’s award was very intense with Wikipedia.com being pushed to runner-up at the last second. Wikipedia’s dedication to the official story of 9/11 is so strongly defended that anyone editing the online Wiki-page on the 9/11 story to give any credibility to the conspiracy theories will find their edits undone within minutes. However, relatively static web pages--while important in defending the official truth--aren’t exactly on the front line of social media efforts to convince people of tin-foil hat theories.
"The Framer" award goes jointly to Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and The Rachel Maddow Show (RMS) with Rachel Maddow. While the two shows have decidedly different approaches to reporting, Democracy Now focusing on a television news anchor feel to their shows while Ms. Maddow seems to like to bring more energy to her stories, the judges felt that they both contributed significantly to protecting the official stories of 9/11. Democracy Now’s contribution was to avoid any mention of conflicting notions of what happened on 9/11, while the RMS regularly made fun of 9/11 tin-hatters. No runner-up was announced for this category.
The awarding of the trophies for 2020 will not be distributed at a live multi-media event at Madison Square Garden as earlier planned. Instead, due to concerns about Covidvirus’ spread, a virtual presentation on the web will be announced at a later date.