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 Bill-O. Ever get the feeling some people have just stopped trying—a Bronze, seriously?
Well, anyway, on his radio show he dismissed as “anecdotal” the statistically driven research from the Economic Policy Institute that discrimination exists in this country. Later in the same show, he said that bigotry does exist and to prove it he told an anecdote about how TV executives were prejudiced against him because he was “shanty Irish” from Long Island and instead they gave the anchor jobs to guys named Stone and Forest. Same show.
Oh, by the way, they didn’t let you anchor because you’re not good at it, Bill.
Our runner-up, Laura Ingraham, you remember on election day she urged her radio listeners, well listener, to jam Democratic Voter Protection hotlines. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division described Ingraham’s actions as “a voter fraud scheme.”
Laura’s a lawyer; she knows the implications of that testimony.
But our winner, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who until January will remain the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. This morning he declared that any global warming is owed to “natural causes” and is “due to the sun.” “God’s still up there,” he added.
So senator, you’re blaming global warming on God?
Senator James “is it just me or is it hot in here” Inhofe, Friday’s “Worst Person in the World.”