At the Media Research Center’s “DisHonors Awards” held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 during the MRC’s annual gala, one of three nominees for the “Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis.” The audience voted Perry the winner.
“We have never invested as much in public education as we should have, because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children. So, part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s, then we start making better investments.”
— MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry in a “Lean Forward” spot which began airing in early April, 2013.