Video: False Lincoln quote in the Congressional record

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
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updated 2/19/2007 10:21:16 AM ET 2007-02-19T15:21:16
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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.  Billo is slipping.  He only gets in tonight for sharing the medal with ex-comedian Dennis Miller.  Poor Dennis.  He had be the straight man feeding Orally the question, “Did Hillary Clinton not even attend one 9/11 memorial service?”

Billo of course replied, “That is correct.”

Well, it isn’t, even one of the senator’s sleaziest critics said in November of 2001 that she “attended three highly publicized memorial services,” the critic who said that, the critic who O’Reilly just contradicted?  Bill O’Reilly.

Runner up, our pal Sean Hannity calling Al Gore a hypocrite about global warming now asking his viewers to send any photos they have of the former vice president flying on private jets.  Yeah, he always flies private jets.  That’s why Gore was second searched coming and going on a commercial roundtrip from Washington to Wisconsin barely a year after he left the vice presidency.

But tonight’s winner, Congressman Don Young of Alaska, remember that quote in the Moonie paper in Washington falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, but actually made up by his own admission by conservative writer in 2003, the one about arresting or hanging or exiling congressmen who undermined the military during a war.

Like dozens of right wing water carriers, Representative Young also didn’t bother checking to see if Lincoln ever actually said it which he didn’t, he simply repeated it on the floor of the House.  The fake Lincoln quote is now in the congressional record.  Hey Representative Young, what if I told you Lincoln once suggested exiling or arresting congressmen who lied on duty.

Congressman Don Young of Alaska, today’s “Worst Person in the World.”

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