Sarah Palin, Republican Vice Presidential nominee in the 2008 Presidential Election, was voted this year’s winner of the Sitting Duck Award at the NSNC Annual Conference in Ventura, California. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won for showing it’s hard to put your best foot forward when it’s in your mouth. Gov. Palin, nominated by Cynthia Borris, was the subject of much light-hearted commentary, an easy target for criticism during the election. This is the person to whom columnists have turned in the last twelve months when he or she is desperate for a topic and has to meet a deadline.
Runner-up is former Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich, for his vigorous hair, his vigorous public defense against abuse-of-office charges and his vigorous post-impeachment celebrity-hood. Who knows where reality shows end and reality begins?? Blagojevich was nominated by Robert Haught.
The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) created the Sitting Duck Award, an honor bestowed each year on the crème de la crème of the most ridiculed newsmakers in America. A time-honored tradition within the Society, the award provides columnists with the opportunity to give back to those public figures who have given so much to the newspaper media, and yet asked for so little in return.
The award’s title originates from the fact that these figures are easy targets — sitting ducks. The award may be given to a person, animal, group or thing, but the point is to poke a little fun.
“Being a prominent jerk or cretin is often a thankless job,” said the society’s current president, Samantha Bennett of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This is our way of saying thanks for the low-hanging fruit.”