Take the polls: What were the biggest — and under-reported — stories of 2013?

posted at 8:31 am on December 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We’ll get to the polls momentarily, but first let’s continue counting down the top 50 most-viewed posts at Hot Air in 2013.  As I’m writing this (on Sunday morning), it’s about -2 outside my window, so it’s appropriate to kick off the Top 20 with …

Tomorrow, for New Year’s Eve, we’ll be back with the top 10 most-viewed posts of the year! At least three of them were big surprises for me — and will be for you, too. Stay tuned!

All right, let’s get to the polls. First, let’s choose the top four among these nominees for 2013′s biggest story. We’ll hold the finals tomorrow, and announce the winner on New Year’s Day:

Now, let’s also pick the year’s most under-reported stories. That may be the same as the biggest story, depending on definition, so don’t be shy in your vote:

Come back tomorrow to see the Top 10 posts of 2013, and vote in the finals!

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0bamacare rollout and Gosnell…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I am so sick of these liars in DC,

OldSarg on December 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Hard to believe that all of the news items listed occurred this year.

Anyway, re-posting from the GreenRoom:

Story of the year: Snowden and his disclosures on NSA surveillance. Runner-up: failed launch of Obamacare; 2nd Runner-up: US becoming a net-producer of oil again for the first time since the early 1970s.

Most undercovered story: NRA & gun rights advocates’ total defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate; Runner-up: the return of military dictatorship to Egypt; 2nd Runner-up: DJIA hitting historic highs and the return of exuberance to the major US stock markets

Robert_Paulson on December 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

The decay in security in Iraq courtesy of the Light Bringer was the most underreported.

rob verdi on December 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Treason committed by Lois Lerner.

tim c on December 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

27 comments or bust!

Bishop on December 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Interesting enough, if Mitt was Pres., there would be no such thing as an under-reported poll.

hillsoftx on December 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

2nd that OC

cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

0bamacare rollout and Gosnell…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Great minds and all that. I picked the same ones. Maybe it shows we really have our fingers on the pulse of the media or maybe that we don’t pay enough attention. I don’t know the answer.

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

In my opinion, the most underreported was the IRS scandal! That has huge implications for all of us. It seems to have used up it’s shelf life and we have moved on. Very dangerous, if you ask me. We should pursue (our Congresspersons should pursue) this doggedly!!!

AnnaS on December 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Take the polls: What were the biggest — and under-reported — stories of 2013?

The systemic, audacious treachery of Barack Obama. It is the story that informs and presupposes all other stories.

rrpjr on December 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Interesting enough, if Mitt was Pres., there would be no such thing as an under-reported poll.

hillsoftx on December 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Damn straight.

Vote GOP in 2016; make the media do their damn jobs!

thebrokenrattle on December 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Hard to say which was most under-reported but the Climate Change Change nonsense sure has to be one of the top three.

princetrumpet on December 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

In my opinion, the most underreported was the IRS scandal! That has huge implications for all of us. It seems to have used up it’s shelf life and we have moved on. Very dangerous, if you ask me. We should pursue (our Congresspersons should pursue) this doggedly!!!

AnnaS on December 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

It got swallowed up by the NSA scandal, which came out very shortly afterward.

thebrokenrattle on December 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Prediction for 2014……..biggest buzzword of the year?……”Inequality”.

Who can be against Equality? Who can support INequality?

Progressives have wisely seized the word that will be used to cover their further push for the principles of Communism…..without the damaged branding of those tens of millions of dead thingy.

It’s here…….and being unveiled on multiple media platforms.

And Limited government Conservatives still are hoping Holder or Obama will be held to account in our Political system.

Move on people and fight on multiple fronts like the left does so well.

PappyD61 on December 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

OT: I usually watch the Tournament of Roses Parade for The Lutheran Hour Float, but not this year. Don’t need to see the deviant same-sex ‘wedding’ take place on another float…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

0bamacare rollout and Gosnell…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

My gut reaction choices, but picked if you want, yadda, yadda, yadda, and the impending public pension implosion. The MSM will be surprised at just how surprised they are that this surprising development surprised them.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM

The systemic, audacious treachery of Barack Obama. It is the story that informs and presupposes all other stories.

rrpjr on December 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Indeed.

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama June 23, 2007

You will never get real freedom and recognition between black and white people in this country without destroying the country, without destroying the present political system, without destroying the present economic system, without rewriting the entire constitution. It will be a complete destruction of everything that America supposedly stands for.

Malcolm X

Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words. His unadorned insistence on respect. He promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline.

Barack Hussein Obama

Hear these last two quotes spoken by those two individuals (Malcolm X and Barack Obama).

THAT is Obama’s ideology… one and the same with Malcolm X.

ITguy on December 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Golly, this is too hard. The biggest stories…I’d like to say the biggest lie of the year wins, but that undercuts Snowden’s biggest expose of the year. And it also cuts out the brutal heinous despicable bombing in Boston. As for the most under reported stories, that list paints a pretty ugly picture of the press in our country.

scalleywag on December 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Biggest and most under-reported…

Obama and the media defeat America.

shinty on December 30, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Close between Benghazi and Gosnell for most under reported. Both so sad.

MT on December 30, 2013 at 9:27 AM

#15: CBS News: Someone was pulling data from Sharyl Attkisson’s computer; Update: CBS report added – This story mysteriously dropped off the radar after this week in June. I wonder why?

This could be the biggest and most under-reported story. It could also shed some light on how the Regime got a SCOTUS Justice to change his Obamacare vote after the prelim vote result was leaked.

I remember being called paranoid for saying such things a couple years ago.

forest on December 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The lies on top of lies.

The misleading testimony and evasive answers in congressional hearings.

The withholding of documents and evidence.

The fact that not one damn person in this administration has been held accountable for anything, period.

I realize that all five years have been bad but 2013 has been the worst.

antipc on December 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Repost from QOTD:

Fun times lie ahead HA regulars. I hearby organize HA’s Derp of the Year. The contest/poll is simple, submit a list of HA’s best trolling derps (organized and voted by person, then the best go against each other), and I’ll make a poll of it. Please due note that the contest doesn’t begin until 12:01 AM est New Years Day (You don’t know what they’ll say next). Send all submissions to my nick at live.communist (figure it out). Remember to provide context (the link, other posts quoted, etc) and it must be 2013.

Lets do this!

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Treason committed by Lois Lerner.
tim c on December 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

This is part of the IRS scandal which I agree is the most underreported story of the year. Had these revelations come out with a Republican President it would have been front page, above the fold, news for at least two straight months.

tommyboy on December 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Spot on pappy

cmsinaz on December 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?

Gerrymandering.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Winner, chicken dinner.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

In reply to nobar.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

In reply to nobar.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

2013 was a long year, I’m certain that there are more.

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

What part of “the federal government pays 100% of the costs and the state pays 10% of the cost in ten years” do you not understand?

libfreeordie on August 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Bishop on December 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I would have to say, Most everything on that list is about right!

mmcnamer1 on December 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Wow. That’s alot of good choices for most under reported story.

I think we need more reporting on why the MSM continually under reports.

lynncgb on December 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

2013 was a long year, I’m certain that there are more.

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

There are possibly too many to count, but that is my pick for the winner.

NotCoach on December 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

nobar on December 30, 2013 at 9:34 AM

On Boston bombing:

And now I’m telling you that the MSM (TV, newspaper, radio) will be gloating their a@@@@ off if it’s a WHITE MALE. And that translates into a loss for Conservatives and the GOP.
gumbyandpokey on April 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

here’s a pic of the guy with the white hat. not a muslim or middle eastern WHITE MALE, lol.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hahatango/8652767019/sizes/k/in/photostream/
gumbyandpokey on April 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

i bet you’ll have eggs on your faces when we find out who did it – comments are bookmarked just in case i have to rub it in, which i’ll do with great glee.
sesquipedalian on April 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

forest on December 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

This is a false poll. Every story about the Messiah Administration is under-reported.

Every.One.Of.Them.

BobMbx on December 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Vote GOP in 2016;
thebrokenrattle on December 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Yup, empower the very people who are fighting their enemy–we common citizens who chose to e conservative. Christians need not apply.

Don L on December 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Under-reported – the irony that the ‘global warming’ gaggle of ‘scientists’ and tourists are stuck in the ice, and that the 3rd ice-breaker is now stuck too and that the helicopters can’t get them.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I went with Obama’s Lie of the Year Century and Gosnell.

Dusty on December 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Excellent

Pittsburgh (Gibsonia), Pennsylvania, United States
I’m an anti-Statist; I place the individual before government. I’m a conservative; America is exceptional because of enduring principles that must be defended. I’m a libertarian; rights come not from man. I’m a Christian; there is a way, and a truth – but you’re free to believe as you wish. I’m a capitalist; be free to enrich yourself by the fruits of your labor. I’m a free-marketeer; be free to succeed, and pick yourself up when you fail. I’m a constitutionalist; learn it, love it, live it. I’m an American; I thank God daily for the United States, because without us, I wouldn’t want to imagine where the world would be now.

–Allan Bourdius, HA commenter

Now, if only the thugs in DC could internalize this, beg. with the pajama-obama.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The press not reporting on the Administration going after reporters. They forgot the legacy of Pol Pot: he went after the reporters so they would not be able to report what was going on. That was just before he went after authors, poets and such… then anyone who looked smart… anyone who wore glasses… and then anyone who looked better than him. Reporters are always high up on the list. Even those who suck up… they are untrustworthy to their old regime and will lie against it, thus they will lie to the new one as well.

Then the increase in gun sales and decrease in gun crime. Perhaps exercising of a human right for self-defense and against those waging Private War should be mentioned as a GOOD THING and that Nations that have great crime waves and unarmed citizens are not respecting a human right via their civil rights. There is nothing so wrong with Mexico that a few million bolt action rifles in the hands of law abiding citizens can’t solve. That and some training courses and ranges.

ajacksonian on December 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Under-reported – the irony that the ‘global warming’ gaggle of ‘scientists’ and tourists are stuck in the ice, and that the 3rd ice-breaker is now stuck too and that the helicopters can’t get them.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The story will be “Researchers Killed By Climate Change; Fuels effort to increase carbon taxes”

BobMbx on December 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Heh, perfect timing.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Why the world is where it is, moronic sheepleton rule.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I’m leaving but want to get my two cents worth. I think that the IRS scandal is under reported and especially Ms. Lerner’s part.

Cindy Munford on December 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

The top 3 most under reported stories…

Lies

Lies

and more lies

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Funniest story of 2013…too bad AlGore is not on board.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

On the underreported, I went with the chronic joblessness/working population ratio drop because it defines the entire Ogabe/MSM relationship. The ratio of working to non-working adults has not been this low in decades, but the government buries the numbers in its reports and the liberal media makes sure it stays buried. In a normal world, any reporter worth his/her salt would be digging and writing. But in our current reality, the liberal media doesn’t just bury the bodies, it hurries ahead to remove said bodies from the regime’s path so the regime doesn’t have to view them in the first place.

catsandbooks on December 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Peyton Manning! Greatest of all Time!

kirkill on December 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

A little late, but THIS

JetBoy on December 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

‘Least extreme U.S. weather year ever?’ 2013 shatters the record for fewest U.S. tornadoes — 15% lower than previous record — 2013 also had the fewest U.S. forest fires since 1984

http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/12/27/2013-shatters-the-record-for-fewest-tornadoes-15-lower-than-previous-record/

Who placated Gaia>?

Murphy9 on December 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Abortion in Texas; persecution of Christians. But I’m just a

damn socon.

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Prediction for 2014……..biggest buzzword of the year?……”Inequality”.

PappyD61 on December 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Rep. Eric Swalwell ✔ @RepSwalwell

We care more about $ than #equality is the message @AETV sends by letting @DuckDynastyAE #DuckDynasty bigot Phil Robertson back on TV.

davidk on December 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Biggest news story: Benghazi
Most under-reported: Kermit Gosnell
Second most under-reported: Fast & Furious
Most over-reported: Obamacare rollout fiasco.

Obamacare was designed to fail on the way to single payer. Those on the right making a big story out of this are useful idiots for the socialists.

sauldalinsky on December 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

IRS and White House lawlessness.

RedNewEnglander on December 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

0bamacare rollout and Gosnell…

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Wow! I voted the exact same, and I scroll up and see your post.

I also live in Omaha.

Weird.

By the way, Kermit Gosnell is the MOST PROLIFIC serial killer in US history.

KirknBurker on December 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

…everyone’s suggestion is good!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

IRS targeting conservatives the TEA Party, and the Republican response – a collective yawn.

NOT ONE MORE CENT!

Pole-Cat on December 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM