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 for Friday, Nov. 3 goes to rapper Kanye West. His high-budget video for “Touch the Sky,” a loss to “We are your Friends” by the group Justice vs. Simian at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen.
After the acceptance speech, West burst onto the stage and launched a profanity-ridden tirade against the judge's vote against “Touch the Sky.”
“My video cost a million dollars,” he shouted, “Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons and stuff.” West later reappeared on stage alongside a cardboard cut out of Mike Myers and added “And President Bush doesn't care about 'Touch the Sky.'”
The Silver goes to the Republican National Committee. Ever heard of Marina Pacific Distributors? They're the owners of Active Duty Productions. They make porn. Actually, they make porn featuring active U.S. soldiers with titles of the movies like “Fire in the Hole.”
Guess what? Federal election records show the company's been making campaign contributions to the Republican National Committee.
But our winner is Mark Hyman, the former vice president and right-wing commentator for the Sinclair Broadcast Group TV stations. The man enabled the Swift Boat Veterans two years ago, and called the French “Cheese-eating surrender monkeys” and was proud of it. He says he's giving up the commentaries at the end of month because “I'm exhausted.”
Of course you are, it's hard work carrying that much guilt around.
Mark Hyman, Friday's “Worst Person in the World.”