Minarik Award Nominee: O’Reilly and Malanga

At last, a chance to reintroduce the neglected Minarik Award!

Yesterday, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly took a look at New York politics, with results so predictable they stray well across the border into parody:

Unresolved Problems Segment: Picking out bad politicians
Guest: Author Steve Malagna (sic)

“Of all the politicians across America, does one stand out as the very worst? According to Steve Malanga of the conservative Manhattan Institute, that dubious distinction may belong to Sheldon Silver, Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly. Malanga listed a few of Silver’s shortcomings.

“He works for trial lawyer firms, so New York State probably has the worst environment for lawsuits in the country. We also have a plague of insurance fraud, but can’t get tougher laws. This is a very far-left Democratic Party in New York, so part of the ideology is that you don’t increase any penalties.”

The Factor added that Sheldon Silver has actually blocked laws that would penalize sexual predators.

“He stopped legislation that would have tracked the most dangerous sex offenders with electronic devices, and that would have mandated that communities be notified of sex offenders. Everyone should know that Sheldon Silver is blocking legislation that would protect children and be tougher on sex offenders.

“That’s why we call this man the worst politician in office today.”