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.
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma gets the bronze. At a meeting of most of the senators to discuss global warming, his fellow Republicans Gregg and McCain agree it’s a real thing and a threat. Mr. Inhofe insists it’s just an Al Gore campaign platform plank: "He thinks that’s his ticket to the White House."
Mr. Gore’s not running. Where do we get these guys? Are we paying our senators enough?
Runners-up, the Flinchere County Council in Wales. It had a problem: the rock salt it spread on its roads after snow storms was occasionally being licked off by local sheep, so the council switched to a different kind of salt, a salt made out of sugar, so now the same sheep are licking that up twice as fast as they licked up the salt-based stuff.
But the winner, correspondent Julie Banderas of Fox noise channel, appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s yuck fest last night as a guest expert on TV news. This is a woman who two years ago was covering toilets overflowing on the local newscast. She explained, "NBC has lost over two million viewers since Peter Jennings stepped down and then Tom Brokaw, his show has lost about, I don’t know, two million viewers."
Actually Tom retired more than two years ago and the fall off since then has been, at worst, negligible. And Peter Jennings was on ABC, not NBC, and he passed away.
This makes Miss Banderas exactly the kind of expert Bill-O loves. Julie, does the red light mean the camera is on or off? Banderas, Wednesday's Worst Person in the World.