Two men who epitomized 2001's excesses and pain have tied to be
named BIMBOs of the year.
Spaeth Communications' monthly BIMBO awards - named for Jessica Hahn,
the young woman who announced, "I am not a bimbo" - finger offenders of
a main principle of communication: that repeating and denying a negative
word causes listeners to hear the opposite of what is being said.
The big winners for 2001 are the year's highest-profile suspects, Gary
Condit, and accused terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden.
Condit sealed his win with comments like, "I have not been silent," "I
did not ask anyone to lie," "They do not have any reason to be
suspicious," and, the clincher, "I'm not stonewalling."
With just one chilling entry, bin Laden tied Condit: "Our intention is
not to destroy the human race."
Anyone whose entry wins a place in the monthly BIMBO memo receives a
bright orange "No BIMBO" ribbon. To wear it with pride, contact