Video: MLB cuts off baseball addicts

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
Countdown
updated 1/25/2007 11:23:19 AM ET 2007-01-25T16:23:19
COMMENTARY

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 Major League Baseball.  For years it has offered its more addicted fans—hi, how are you—a deal by which they can watch about 60 games a week from around the country in package called Extra Innings.  It was available to cable viewers and subscribers of the satellite services Direct TV and Dish Network.  The “New York Times” reports baseball is taking the deal exclusively to Direct TV, thereby cutting off maybe half a million fans who don’t get it or can’t have it.  Thereby, as usual, cutting off its nose to spite its face. 

The runners up, Authentic Hendrix, the marketing firm which licenses the image of the late guitar immortal Jimi Hendrix.  It has let a company called Beverage Concepts use Hendrix’s face to sell a non-alcoholic drink called Liquid Experience.  Excuse me while I don’t buy a drink from a guy who died from a heroine overdose.

But our winner is a tie among the yackers of the irrational right, Glen Beck, Neil Boortz, Steve Doocy, Sean Hannity, and comedian Rush Limbaugh.  Each announced that Senator Clinton's online campaign announcement had to have been recorded months ago because you could see some green on the trees in the background and she, thus, was guilty of media manipulation.  Their source, apparently, the infamous wacky Web site News Busters. 

As National Public Radio’s Juan Williams pointed out on Fox Noise, the senator taped the statement last week at her home here in Washington, near Rock Creek Park, which, believe it or not, is still a little green.  A little green like Glen Beck, Neil Boortz, Steve Ducey, Sean Hannity, and Comedian Rush Limbaugh, Wednesday’s Worst Persons in the World. 

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