Sunday, December 28, 2014

HERE THEY ARE: The 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners #Fab50

The moment you've been waiting for is here.

The votes are in. The anxious nominees' fingernails have been chewed down to the quick.

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog AwardsAnd at least one blogger just excused himself to go to the bathroom (number two, apparently, based upon the length of time he's been gone).

So we're more than pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards, the most prestigious new media awards in the conservative blogosphere.

Or, at the very least, in the 993 area code.

These awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to promote conservatism, free market capitalism, fiscal sanity, the sovereignty of the individual, and otherwise protect America from the cockroach-like Statists -- some in very unique ways.

So, without further ado, may I have the envelopes, please?

Best News Portal:
Drudge Report: the original conservative blogger and arguably still the best
Best Group Blog:
Hot Air: a news and commentary site without peer for its intellect, depth and breadth
Best Op-Ed Blog:
American Thinker: Thomas Lifson remains an all-star editor
Right Wing News: John Hawkins has built a mainstay site for the right
Best Blog Portal:
BadBlue: An automated, always-current news portal sourced via social network "buzz"

Best All-Around Blogging:
Dave Blount's Moonbattery: Precision-guided blogging
Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit: The Blogfather remains at the top of his game
Jammie Wearing Fool: Uncensored, entertainingly caustic, and timely
Jeff Dunetz: A prolific blogging machine who just keeps getting better
Jen Kuznicki: A true rising star of the conservative blogosphere
Moe Lane: Political coverage done right
Nice Deb: One of the best at thematic coverage and commentary
Sara Noble: An outstanding and tireless documentor of inconvenient truths for the Left
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton: A stalwart always ready to put heavy lumber to the Marxists
Warner Todd Huston: An all-star who seems to appear at all major center-right sites

Best Columnist Working in Vintage Media:
Walter Williams: A Hall of Famer who isn't resting on his laurels
Best Columnist Working in Mixed Media:
Mark Steyn: Combining gravitas and humor, Steyn is a supremely talented writer
Best Columnist Working in New Media:
Daniel Greenfield: One of the most gifted authors working today
Best Captive Columnist:
John Hayward: "Doc Zero" still brings the heat on a near-daily basis
Jon Gabriel, Ricochet: Incisive, direct, and always ahead of the curve

Entrepreneur of the Year:
Ben Shapiro, for his leadership of TruthRevolt
Best Blog Improvements:
Da Tech Guy Blog, for taking his group blog platform to the next level
Most Innovative Blogger:
William A. Jacobson, for his leadership of Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Most Valuable Twitter Feed:
@AdamBaldwin: A relentless and courageous voice of reason
@IowaHawkBlog (David Burge): The most talented humorist on Twitter today
@MelissaTweets (Melissa Clouthier): Tweets that matter

Best News Site:
CNS News: A truly brave and uncensored source of the truth
Washington Free Beacon: Steady, outstanding reporting from inside DC
Best Political Site:
Daily Caller: Exceptional, original reporting capable of disrupting the Beltway narrative
RedState: There is no better place for coverage of political inside baseball
Best Public Policy Blog
Daily Signal: Uniquely honest, brave, and forthright on policy issues
Best News Blog:
Weasel Zippers: Exceptionally high quality news aggregation at near real-time speed

Most Valuable Blogger:
Michelle Malkin: Few have had as big an impact on the blogosphere as Ms. Malkin
Comeback Blogger of the Year:
Jim Hoft: Continues his amazing comeback after a devastating medical setback
Best Blogger in a Group Blog:
Noah Rothman of Hot Air: Didn't miss a beat after moving from Mediaite
Rookie of the Year:
Conservative Review: Already a can't miss site for conservatives everywhere
Progressives Today: A Jim Hoft enterprise that is a fast-rising news portal

Blog Posts of the Year:
Best Video Blog:
Afterburner by Bill Whittle: Simply peerless in the video medium
Best Newsletter:
The Morning Jolt by Jim Geraghty: The Beltway's preferred digital wakeup call
Best Online Magazines:
City Journal: Absorbing and comprehensive coverage of key public policy issues
Ricochet: An exceptionally high-quality magazine of conservative thought

Best U.S. Econ Blog:
Zero Hedge: Seemingly always ahead of the curve, often by years
Best Global Econ Blog:
The American Interest: Rational, thoughtful analysis of world affairs
Best Prep Bloggers:
Michael Snyder: The best econ lists on the Interwebs
Mac Slavo: Helping you prepare for what's coming
Best Blog for Entrepreneurs:
Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster (on Venture Investing)
Points and Figures by Jeffrey Carter (on Angel Investing)

Best Talk Radio Host Website:
The Rush Limbaugh Show for best show transcripts
The Mark Levin Show for best show podcasts
Best Designated Blogger:

Best Investigative Reporter:
Sharyl Attkisson: Simply the best there is on the current journalistic stage
Best Investigative Reporting:
Judicial Watch: The pound-for-pound investigative champ
Project Veritas: What 60 Minutes once was
Citizen-Journalist of the Year:
Rich Weinstein, for his outstanding expose of Gruber-gate
Best Independent Investigative Reporting:
Conservative Treehouse: Few researchers are doing it better anywhere
GotNews: Not without controversy, but always interesting and timely
Best Anti-Corruption Site The best grass-roots investigators operating today
Best Voter Integrity Blog:
True the Vote: A phenomenally important and patriotic project

Best White House Coverage:
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier: The rare DC reporter speaking truth to power
Best First Lady Blog:
Michelle's Mirror: Relentlessly entertaining coverage of First Family hypocrisy
Best Blog-Ring:
The Watcher's Council: All 2014 Council members are winners; this decade-old blog-ring is still the finest federated group of bloggers on the right
Best Latin American Coverage:
Babalú Blog: Fierce, courageous advocates for liberty
Fausta's Blog: Top-notch -- and often unique -- coverage of the Americas

Best Legal Writer:
Andrew C. McCarthy: Simply the best Constitutional affairs writer in the nation
Hans A. von Spakovsky: A fearless advocate for justice for an unjust administration
J. Christian Adams: A true, independent "Inspector General" of the DOJ
Best Firearms Blogger:
Bob Owens: A powerful and thoughtful advocate for firearms reality
John R. Lott: A brilliant statistician's take on gun control
Best Gun Blog:
Bearing Arms: No better place to get honest reporting on Second Amendment issues
The Truth About Guns: The king of firearms news and reviews

Best Global Issues Writer:
Victor Davis Hanson: Consistently brilliant commentary on American and world affairs
Walter Russell Mead: Timely analysis of important issues others often overlook
Best Climate Blog:
Climate Audit: Steve McIntyre's site is literally putting a freeze on global warming
Climate Depot: The ultimate aggregator of climate fraud news
The Pirate's Cove: Entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and always honest
Watts Up With That: Still the foremost site for climate coverage in the world

Fabulous 50 Hall of Fame Award Winners for Lifetime Achievements

Best Blog on the Culture Wars
Matt Walsh, The Matt Walsh Blog: An eminently talented essayist
Robert Stacy McCain, The Other McCain: Indefatigable and viciously funny
Best State-focused Reporting

Best Cartoonist
Chris Muir, Day By Day: The long-running comic stalwart is always a must-read
Stilton Jarlsberg, Hopenchange: An amazingly talented humorist
Michael Ramirez: Bar none, the most talented political cartoonist in the world
Right Wing Riot: Truesbury puts a boot in Garry Trudeau's kiester on a regular basis
Springer's Blog: A fast-rising cartoonist with a bite
Best Newspaper Op-Ed Page
Investors Business Daily: The finest collection of original editorials in the world

The Ronald Reagan Award for Best Anti-Communism Blog: A one-man juggernaut following in Reagan's footsteps
The Golda Meir Award for Best Israel Blogger:
Israel Matzav: Honest coverage of Israeli issues from the heart of it all
Israpundit: Critical coverage of the Middle East
The Geert Wilders Award for Best Anti-Jihad Blogger:
Gates of Vienna: A global perspective of the centuries-long war
JihadWatch: Unvarnished reporting of the war against the West
Pamela Geller: America's fiercest advocate for reason
The Astute Blogger: A group blog that continually exposes the truth
The Jawa Report: Not just great reporting, but information warfare itself
The General George S. Patton Award for War-Blogging
Strategy Page: Exhaustive and intriguingly written coverage of global security issues

Best Media Watchdog Blog:
MEMRI: Middle East media laid bare
NewsBusters: The bible for dissecting media truthiness
Best Media-Watchers:
Ed Driscoll: A witty, memorable artisan whose specialty is dissecting the Left
Best Video Site:
The Right Scoop: Top-notch, sweeping coverage of the real media

The Senator John Blutarsky Award for Conservative Blogging:
Ace o' Spades: There's no more entertaining site on the right
The Daniel Simpson Day Award for Best Satirical Blog:
Duffel Blog: Biting and always giggle-worthy
The Broken Lizard Award for Best Blog Implosion
Little Green Footballs (accepting the award for LGF is The Diary of Daedalus)
The Andrew Dice Clay Award for Political Incorrectness:
Angry White Dude: The stuff you wish you could say
Cold Fury: The stuff you wish you could say if your Mom didn't read your work

The Family Guy Award for Best Graphics:
IOTW Report: A creative blunt instrument capable of wreaking havoc on Democrats
The People's Cube: Remains the finest purveyor of anti-Leftist illustrations in the world
The Salvador Dali Award for Most Creative Blogging:
American Digest: The Internet's free general store
Curmudgeonly & Skeptical: Savagely funny
Sondrakistan: Always a unique take on current events

The Matthew Yglesias Award for the Year's Dumbest Blogger:
Ezra Klein, a legal "expert who doesn't know how laws work"
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for Faux Conservatism
The Melvin Keynes Award for World's Funniest Economist (Economedian):

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Okay, I won. Where do I get my damn award badges?
A: Right here. If you have questions about installing your badge, ask 'em in the comments.

Q: *Sob*. I didn't win. Can I use one of the badges anyhow?
A: Yes, we've included a spiffy new LOSER badge just for you.

Q: You suck -- I didn't win.
A: That's not a question.

Q: Where are the previous Fabulous 50 Award Winners listed?
A: The prior awards are listed here:
2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2011 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2009 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners.

Update: Thanks to Andrea Shea King (the famed "Radio Patriot") for her coverage of the Fab 50 Awards in Worldnet Daily.


zaphod said...

Unfair to Pail Gigot.

Anonymous said...

What about " mememine69 "?

Nice Deb said...

OMG, thank you for the honor yet again, Doug - you are too kind.

Now where's my blog award badge?

Nice Deb said...

Never mind - I see it now. You are AWESOME.

Sara Noble said...

Oh wow, thank you Doug. What a nice award. You made my day, no my week, no my month.

I love the awards for faux conservatism and economedian - a good laugh.

The highest Sara Noble award is to invite someone to a BBQ at my house - if you lived here, I'd invite you to a BBQ. Only select people get that invitation. If you are ever on LI, you're invited!

It's hard to do this blogging at times - it's time consuming and there are the enemies out there - but this helps encourage me.

Thank you again.

I think your sites are great

Racist said...

HEY!!! HOW COME MY BLOG DIDN'T WIN?!! oh wait, I don't have a blog... nevermind. Carry On.

vanderleun said...

I'd like to thank all the bigger people.

vanderleun said...

And the right link is

Not com.


scizzorbill said...

Zero Hedge deserves a spot.

MOTUS said...

OMG, once again I have no prepared remarks. And Big Guy has our teleprompter. So, I'll just say THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO Much!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I hope you can start following blog by Ann Corcoran. She is simply the best investigative blogger regarding the corruption/scam going on with mass immigration via Office of Refugee Resettlement and the State dept. The number of third worlders being brought in is being ramped up. The billions being given to non profits who call themselves charities but are really government contractors is outrageous.
Anyhoo, in my own research I discovered her and highly recommend a view.
Also Pamela Geller is excellent. So many blogs, so little time!! Thx.

Angry White Dude said...

Muchas Garcias, Doug! Angry White Dude is thrilled to have been included in the list!

Somewhere, I believe Andrew Dice Clay is weeping in joy.


Anonymous said...

The same names as last year. Where is Young Cons? IJReview? Top Right News? No one reads RedState anymore, and RightWingNews is basically just a clip-and-post site, with little actual commentary.

Ari Sens said...

Oh come on! Where is The Federalist? Seriously, Mollie Hemingway, anyone? Hello? Hello?

Charles F. Johnson said...

Yeah, the 2014 LGF Awards are coming up, and you're in the running just because of this. said...

Thanks Doug. Appreciate the sentiment. Not too many of us libertarians on the entrepreneurship beat, but we are growing. @pointsnfigures Also posting on Tumblr at Don't set up a Tumblr account after a few bourbon's.

AnechoicRoom said...

You like me ... you really like me! (well, I laughed anyway ...).

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I haven't felt so humbled since Sharon Sheeler's comment one night at the Timonium Drive-in ... Thanks Doug

Anonymous said...

Not unfair to Paul Gigot - just watch the weekly Fox News WSJ program moderated by Paul Gigot.
The WSJ editorial page has become considerably less of a conservative voice then it was under it's former editor Robert Bartley (deceased). The WSJ op-ed page has become consistent Tea Party bashers, pro-amnesty and in favor of all things crony capitalist. See the negative coverage they give conservative/Tea Party Republicans vs. Establishment Republicans. I cancelled my subscription to the WSJ several years ago.

Queen Hotchibobo said...

Great choices, but I agree with Ari Sens, next year you need to find a spot for Mollie Hemingway and The Federalist.

Baskerville Hall said...

Did everyone win a prize? said...
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was I even nominated?

HotAirPundit said...

I feel your pain Daily Kenn. I've unearthed a raft of videos and have never been mentioned anywhere one time in 6 years

Always On Watch said...


Bunkerville said...

I am so excited. I can't wait to post my loser badge of honor. You humble me.

dmonat said...

No "birther" site award? :(

Gunny G said...

Number 51 had to be The Anti Liberal Zone! haha

Anonymous said...

"The Religion of Peace" makes a huge contribution to the defense of civilization.

Anonymous said...

Are these the people Obama will be rounding up? Along with commenters he doesn't like?
Scary times!