Monday, December 30, 2013

#Fab50: Announcing the 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners

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 - 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards And 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 2013 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:
Best Group Blog:
Best Op-Ed Blog:
Best Blog Portal:

Best All-Around Blogging:

Best Columnist Working in Vintage Media:
Best Columnist Working in Mixed Media:
Best Columnist Working in New Media:
Best Captive Columnist:

Entrepreneur of the Year:
Best Blog Improvements:
Most Innovative Blogger:
Most Valuable Twitter Feed:

Best News Site:
Best Political Site:
Best Public Policy Blog
Best News Blog:

Most Valuable Blogger:
Comeback Blogger of the Year:
Best Blogger in a Group Blog:
Moe Lane of Red State
Rookie of the Year:

Blog Post of the Year:
Best Video Blog:
Best Gun Blog:
Best Online Magazines:

The Time-For-Choosing Award for Best Speech on Conservatism:
Most Influential Political Blogger:
Best Econ Blogger:
Best Econ Policy Blogger:

Best U.S. Econ Blog:
Best Global Econ Blog:
Best Talk Radio Host Website:
Best Designated Blogger:

Best Investigative Journalism:
Best Investigative Reporting:
Best Anti-Corruption Blog
Best Voter Integrity Blog:

Best White House Coverage:
Best First Lady Blog:
Best Blog-Ring:
The Watcher's Council (All 2013 Council members are winners)
Best Latin American Coverage:

Best Legal Writer:
Best Firearms Blogger:
Best Global Issues Writer:
Best Climate Blog:

Fabulous 50 Hall of Fame Award Winners for Lifetime Achievements

Best Cartoonist
Best Op-Ed Page
Best Link Aggregator

The Ronald Reagan Award for Best Anti-Communism Blog:
The Gold Meir Award for Best Israel Blogger:
The Geert Wilders Award for Best Anti-Jihad Blogger:

Best Media Watchdog Blog:
Best Media-Watchers:
Best Investigative Reporter in Legacy Media:
Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News for her reporting on Operation Fast & Furious and Benghazi-gate
Best Video Site:

The Sen. John Blutarsky Award for Humorous Conservative Blogging:
The Daniel Simpson Day Award for Best Satirical Blog:
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:

The Family Guy Award for Best Graphics:
The Salvador Dali Award for Most Creative Blogging:

The Matthew Yglesias Award for the Year's Dumbest Blogger:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for Most Transparently Obvious Anti-Conservative Agenda
The Melvin Keynes Award for World's Funniest Economist (Economedian):
Paul Krugman, as utterly exposed by historian Niall Ferguson (see Krugtron the Invincible, Part I, Part II, and Part III)

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:
2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2011 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners
2009 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners.


ZIP said...

Thanks, Doug!

Fausta said...

Thank you!

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Woo-hoo! I got a virtual award to put on my virtual mantelpiece! Many thanks!

Mt Top Patriot said...

Bravo man!
You eared it Doug.

I think what is essential is how your presence connects so much of the truth media together. That extends a legitimacy and credibility to everyone involved which is so very important.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Doug! It's always good to be recognized. I'll display my badge with pride.

Arlen Williams said...

But I'd like to report your Loser Badge bug....

me again said...

And I'd just like to say: Terresa! Terresa! Terresa! Terresa...!

chris muir said...

Thank you,Dougster!

Angry White Dude said...


Angry White Dude proudly accepts this award (2nd year in a row!)on behalf of the Dice Man!

Thanks for noticing our daily fight against the poison of political correctness! And thanks also for your great work!


Geoff Caldwell said...

And to think that all this time I thought I was a conservative Constitutionalist living in the respect is earned, hard work is rewarded, believe in yourself world.
A world I now see is full of liquid bovine excrement.
I've been toiling away at my little "Corner" of the world for years now (well ok, once or twice a week...usually...ok sometimes weeks would go by without a post..BUT it was summertime...or winter.....or.......OH HELL) all to no avail.
I know of or have visited each and every one of these so called "best of" sites and I don't care what you say, mummy says mine is just as good as any of em, so THERE!
I find awards such as these divisive and contrary to building group cohesiveness and national self esteem.
I've worked HARD dammit and I DESERVE an award. (OK, maybe deserve is a bit too harsh, how about I feel entitled to an award? After all these ARE the Obama years are they not?)
You may send my trophy and the NSA malware to
Thank you.
God Bless the United States of we're all equal as long as we try and we all get a fair shot and we work hard and we have faith in Dear Leader and........oh hell.

directorblue said...

Geoff, thanks for the link. I've been blogging for more than 10 years and I (as opposed to some bloggers) encourage on a daily basis folks to email me tips or good story ideas.

Take a look at the first line of every Larwyn's Linx to see the solicitation.

If I don't know about you, I can't read you.

That said, there's no guarantee I link or publish everything I receive due to volume. But I'm certainly open to seeing new stories anytime.

Best, Doug

MOTUS said...

Oh my G.., I didn't prepare any remarks.
Where to start...I'd like to thank Doug Ross, of course, you put me on the map!
Raj, my technical support, Little Mo, my head of security, TOTUS, my inspiration and soul mate...I'm forgetting so many...and where would I be without Lady M and Big Guy...(music begins) The gifts that keep on giving!
Thank you everybody!!!

Kevin D. Williamson said...

I'm not entirely sure what a "captive columnist" is, but thank you, I think.

directorblue said...

Kevin, "Captive Columnist" means a columnist who appears exclusively in one venue (i.e., National Review)... equivalent to a "captive sales force" or "captive distribution".

Sara Noble said...

Thank you very much Doug. What a great surprise!!! Made my day.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I am immeasurably honored Doug.


Barry Popik said...

I'm the world's greatest political etymologist! I should have won!

Just for that, I found earlier citations for economedian" (economist + comedian)!

Soylent Sage said...

You forgot the "Loser" badge this year, for which--even in my exile to Blogger, or perhaps because of it--I again qualify.
Conggrats to all the winners.

directorblue said...

Loser badge link is now fixed... thanks for the heads up!

Bill Whittle said...

Doug, it's an honor. Thank you so much. And the last thing I want to do is ask a favor, but could you possibly change the link to Not only are all the Afterburners there, but all of the Virtual Presidency videos, Firewalls, and just about everything else.

Thanks again. Mom is telling all her friends.

Bill Whittle

directorblue said...

Bill, the Afterburner link is changed (if you want the other one changed - End of the Beginning), just let me know the preferred URL.

Thanks, congrats, say hi to Mom, and --most of all-- keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the best mirror in the blogosphere.

On behalf of the FsOM...the MOLs, MYLs, MODs and MYDs at Michelle Obama's Mirror thank you, Doug. Here's an invitation to drop in and post on MOTUS' blog. You would be most welcome.


Eric Dondero said...

Why no category for Best Libertarian blog?

Eric Dondero, Editor

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The Looking Spoon said...

Thank you for the recognition Doug. While you try to make light of it a little I think it's safe to say that everyone here very much appreciates your work and your efforts to recognize others for theirs.

My badge is proudly on display at TLS :-)

Rick Bulow said...

I am a loser again, but it is all good. Just makes me more determined to try better next year.

Speaking of which, how DO I get considered for the award, and what is the criteria?

directorblue said...

Rick, folks in my circle need to know about your blog. I'm always open to receiving tips to good stories (email preferred) and daily post my email address soliciting story ideas.

Best, Doug

Tony said...

Honorable to blog owners they get real cost of their blog with those awards.

Anonymous said...


On behalf of iOwnTheWorld - we appreciate your work!

Thank you,
Mr. Pinko

Jeff G said...

It was an honor finally not to make your list.

2013 was the year of suck. Best to forget about it completely.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug,

Excellent Site! Thanks for the Best List!

I thought you’d be interested in my webumentary, designed to educate the young and uninformed about Hillary Clinton.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for wider visibility for this video.

Thanks a lot!

Hillary Clinton is counting on your short memory or lack of knowledge in her run for President.

taqiyyologist said...

Great list, though I was hoping to see Conservative Treehouse on there, somewhere.

"Best Investigative Blog and Commenting Community" or something.

Ah, maybe next year, Treepers!

taqiyyologist said...

Also, Doug, thanks for the many links to the Treehouse over the last year or two, here and BadBlue.

Makes me feel like I'm doing something, at least.

directorblue said...

Treehouse - these are the '13 awards, not the '14 ones... so you're still in the running! Best, Doug

taqiyyologist said...

:slaps forehead:


Not my site, though. Just my peeps.

Anonymous said...

WZ is way funnier than Ace imho.

Anonymous said...

good to find out the list of anti-jihad sites.