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.
There’s a theme tonight, reactions to the NBC editorial decision to start calling the Iraq civil war, the Iraq civil war.
The bronze goes to Rush Limbaugh’s fill-in host Roger Hedgecock. No, that is not really his name, is it? OK, Roger Hedgecock, the murder rate in Baghdad, the people being killed in Baghdad, is lower than the murder rate of Washington, D.C., he says. Is Washington, D.C. in a civil war? Well, the statistics from the Brookings Institution are in. The rate of death by violence in Baghdad is actually about seven times greater than that of Washington. Nice try.
The runner up, Bill-O. Is NBC wrong about Iraq? The answer is yes. Then he comes back later in the show and says, the problem in Iraq is not in America. The problem is the Iraqis themselves. They are not fighting for their freedom. The problem isn’t the U.S. problem and the problem is the Iraqis not fighting hard enough. That would make the Iraq war an internal, or what we grown ups call a civil war?
But Thursday's winner, the bozo himself, Brent Bozell, creator of the self-described Media Research Council. Even though in August and September alone, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Pace and General Abizaid and General Casey all admitted that at minimum, Iraq could be headed to civil war, Bozell said of the decision to call it a civil war, "Probably 100 generals in the field in Iraq would disagree."
OK, name them. We’re waiting. I’ll make it easier, just name 25.
Brent Bozell, Thursday’s Worst Person in the World.