27 Media Stories That Blew Our Minds In 2013

12/20/2013 09:59 am ET

As a wild, wacky, tumultuous year comes to an end, we're giving out a bunch of our very own, made-up prizes to everyone who made it one for the history books. It's The Year In Media For 2013. As ever, the list is in no particular order.

  • THING WE CAN'T FORGET OF THE YEAR: The Dangers Journalists Face
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  • All around the world, journalists are murdered, jailed and kidnapped because they pose a threat to secrecy and authoritarianism in all their forms.
  • MEDIA ENEMIES OF THE YEAR: Eric Holder And Barack Obama
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  • SALE OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post
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  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos stunned the world when he bought the paper from its owners, the Grahams.
  • DOWNFALL OF THE YEAR: "60 Minutes"
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  • From Benghazi to the NSA, it seemed there was nothing the CBS staple could do right in 2013.
  • OVERBLOWN CONTROVERSY OF THE YEAR: Rolling Stone's Boston Cover
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  • Everyone freaked out when the magazine put Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. They shouldn't have.
  • TROUBLEMAKER OF THE YEAR: Glenn Greenwald
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  • The man who brought us Edward Snowden, and became possibly the most famous journalist in the world.
  • RIP OF THE YEAR: Michael Hastings
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  • MONOLOGUE OF THE YEAR: Melissa Harris-Perry
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  • Her reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict was powerful and heartbreaking.
  • NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR: The Guardian
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  • Because no other outlet was more persecuted for doing its job.
  • DEFAMATION OF THE YEAR: New York Post
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  • This is one of the completely innocent people who has sued the New York Post for libel after the paper's truly hideous Boston bombing front page.
  • SHAMEFUL REMINDER OF THE YEAR: The Iraq War Anniversary
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  • A truly low point for the media, ten years later.
  • CABLE NEWS QUEEN OF THE YEAR: Megyn Kelly
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  • Fox News moved its entire schedule around for her. Then, she kicked off the wildest cable news controversy of the year.
  • OPRAH COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Oprah
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  • From "The Butler" to OWN, she obliterated all talk of failure this year.
  • BREAKING NEWS BREAKDOWN OF THE YEAR: CNN's John King
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  • LAUNCH OF THE YEAR: Al Jazeera America
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  • Not many people are watching yet, but everyone is waiting to see what happens next.
  • DIVORCE OF THE YEAR: Rupert Murdoch
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  • Billionaire, 82. Recently split. Seeks woman to help manage a whole host of problems — also, she can't speak to Tony Blair ever.
  • D'OH OF THE YEAR: Howard Kurtz
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  • The media critic turned into a full-blown figure of parody in 2013, for a variety of reasons.
  • DIGITIZER OF THE YEAR: Katie Couric
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  • She's leaving TV for Yahoo. A brave new world!
  • TMI OF THE YEAR: Al Roker
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  • Next time, just keep your activities at the White House private, OK?
  • DAYTIME REVEAL OF THE YEAR: Julie Chen
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  • Her disclosure that she'd had surgery on her eyes to look less Asian shocked everyone.
  • BELTWAY WEIRDO OF THE YEAR: Bob Woodward
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  • Remember his super-strange "threat" claims?
  • DEAR GOD NO OF THE YEAR: Geraldo
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  • RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE YEAR: Barbara Walters
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  • A legend is moving on.
  • HELLO GOODBYE OF THE YEAR: Alec Baldwin
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  • He came, he spoke, he left.
  • OUR FAVORITE STORIES OF THE YEAR
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  • Jack Mirkinson, editor: My look back at the media coverage of the March on Washington. Katherine Fung, deputy editor: My ongoing coverage of the meltdown that was Richard Cohen.
  • OUR SECRET FAVORITE STORIES OF THE YEAR
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  • Jack: Wendy William's denial of her wig-based feud with Sherri Shepherd. Katherine: My letter to Joe Biden asking him to come on the "Today" show.
  • BEYONCE OF THE YEAR: Beyonce
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  • Hey, she's a media figure!

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