Video: Michael Crichton's low blow

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
updated 12/15/2006 10:58:08 AM ET 2006-12-15T15:58:08

Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.

The bronze goes to Fox News again. Their Web site posted the name of the accused alleged victim in the Duke lacrosse case, the accuser, excuse me.  Management says it was an accident, just like it was an accident when they showed the name of the Kobe Bryant accuser/alleged victim.  So giving you the benefit of the doubt, you guys sure make a lot more mistakes than, say, the “New York Times.”

Our runner up goes to pitcher Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers, the rookie who hit 100 miles an hour on the radar gun, but missed most of the American League Championship Series, and was not fully effective in the World Series, due to an inflamed pitching wrist and forearm, which we today learned from the Tigers he got from playing the video game guitar Hero on Play Station 2. 

The Tigers are asking him to put the damn thing away for a few years. 

But our winner, author Michael Crichton.  In his last novel, he dismissed global warming.  So a political columnist for the “New Republic,” who went to Yale, named Michael Crowley, and ripped him for it.  Now Crichton has a new book, in which he’s created a minor character who is a child rapist, and described as a political columnist who went to Yale, and who’s name Mick Crowley.  Crichton’s publisher, Harper Collins, is owned by Rupert Murdoch. 

The real Michael Crowley is understandably upset that Crichton gave his name to a child rapist, but look, Mr. Crowley, it could have been worst, Crichton could have used your name for a character based on himself.  Author Michael “Vengeance is Mine” Crichton, Thursday’s Worst Person in the World. 

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