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Olbermann gives O'Reilly bronze, silver, and gold medals for "Worst Person in the World"
Media Matters
December 1, 2005

From the November 30 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

KEITH OLBERMANN (host): But first, time for Countdown's list of today's three nominees for the coveted title of "Worst Person in the World."

The bronze goes to Bill O'Reilly. He has solidified in his status as this generation's Joe McCarthy. Just like the "Red Baiter," he now has his own list. His website reads: "The following media operations have regularly helped distribute defamation and false information supplied by far left Web sites." The list: the New York Daily News, the St. Petersburg Times, and MSNBC! You call it defamation, Bill. We call it precise quotes from your show.

The runner-up: Bill O'Reilly. On the Today show, no less. Now how the hell did that happen? Says, quote, "These pinheads running around going, 'Get out of Iraq now,' don't know what they're talking about. These are the same people before Hitler invaded in World War II that were saying, 'Ah, he's not such a bad guy.' " Watch. That will turn up tomorrow on his list of defamations.

But tonight's winner: Bill O'Reilly! You know this whole attack on Christmas nonsense that he made up? Some sort of fantasy in which the liberals are coming to your town to force you and your family to not call it Christmas anymore? The fantasy that we can't say "Merry Christmas," but you can only say "Happy Holidays"? The thing designed to stir up religious hatred and paranoia in this country? Guess what they're selling over at the Fox News online store? The Fox News "Holiday" ornament! And the O'Reilly Factor "Holiday" ornament. Who is trying to change "Merry Christmas" into "Happy Holidays"? Bill O'Reilly, that's who. Today's worst person in the world!

It's about time reporters take-on moronic spins-misters like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. These men open their mouths and spew misinformation and hate on a daily basis. O'Reilly is considered the highest ranking cable news show in cable. The only problem is, it's not news. It's opinion. Polling organization are part of their dumbing down.

Now religious people need to take-on the wing nuts who call themselves Christian and hate gays. If the current pope comes to mind, I didn't put it there, but you're more than welcome to judge him as he judges others.