Please note that the Standy is not a year-end award. We would never do anything so tacky.
And the Standy goes to:
Best Remora on the Media Shark: Ken Auletta's pre-mortem on the NY Times' worst century yet. See It Now.
Exemplary CYA (Democrat Division): Senator Rockefeller in his secret letter to Cheney re the President's Program: "I am retaining a copy of this letter in a sealed envelope in the secure spaces of the Senate Intelligence Committee to ensure that I have a record of this communication."
Exemplary CYA (Republican Division): Too easy.
Best Impression of A Democrat: Senator Feingold
Best Impression of a Republican: Senator Lieberman
Best New Face: The lady in France with the new face.
Best Resignation in Protest: Judge James Robertson, formerly of the FISA court.
Best Book to Inspire a George Clooney Movie: 'See No Evil' by Bob Baer
Best George Clooney Movie: Good Night and Good Luck
Funniest Movie On Purpose: The 40-Year-Old Virgin ("Yeah, and sarcasm is like a second language to me, so I am right there with you.")
Funniest Movie Not On Purpose: Brokeback Mountain (Those two dudes totally make out.)
Reporters of the Year: Risen and Lichtblau (mainstream) JM Marshall and Jason Leopold (blog)