Thursday, May 22, 2008

Worst "Worst Person in the World" Ever

Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC is a show I tune in to nearly every night. Lately however, I have become tired of his endless obsession with Bill O'Reilly. It has truly surpassed "Moby Dick" proportions. I realize it is all part of the battle of the prime time pundits, but last night Keith proved that one doesn't have to be big in the ratings to get his attention. Apparently, anyone who dares utter the name "Olbermann" is now worthy of his wrath.

Last night, Keith named neo-conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt as the "Worst Person in the World." What did Hewitt do or say that warranted the title? I'll let Keith tell it...

That's right...the "sports guy" took offense to being called out by a "comic book guy!" While I am always excited to hear comics mentioned in the mainstream, I admit I took a little offense to Keith's rant on a number of points. First, just because Hewitt referred to Bizarro, does not automatically make him Jeff Albertson. For example, many Seinfeld fans can easily recognize the character from the Superman comics. Second, is dismissing Hewitt's comments because he may be a "comic book guy" any different than his initial shot at Keith as a recognized "sports guy?" I think not. Third, it is just one more example of the geeks being bullied by the jocks. And fourth, are "comic guys" not allowed to have opinions??? Keith seemed to be willing the comment slide until he thought he might have just been dissed by a comic nerd! The horror! The horror!

But perhaps the biggest disappointment in Keith's decision to call this alleged "comic book guy" the "Worst Person in the World" was that there were no less than FIVE other candidates who made news earlier that day. BP America Chairman Robert Malone, Shell Oil President John Hofmeister, Chevron Vice Chairman Peter Robertson; ConocoPhillips Executive Vice President John Lowe, and ExxonMobile Senior Vice President J. Stephen Simon all testified before a Senate hearing on oil prices. The only answer they offered as to why the price of gas has been skyrocketing (up 17 cents in the last two weeks) while they have been recording record profits was the following:

"The fundamental laws of supply and demand are at work,” said John Hofmeister, chairman of Shell Oil Co.

Worst persons indeed!

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