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Olbermann bestows "Worst Person" honors on Kristol, Limbaugh

On the January 12 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Weekly Standard editor and part-time columnist for Time magazine Bill Kristol the winner of that day's "Worst Person in the World" award for saying that President Bush's prime-time address on Iraq should have contained "a little more about winning the war and a little less about helping the Iraqis," as Media Matters for America noted. Also, on the January 15 edition of Countdown, Olbermann awarded syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh "[t]he silver" in his "Worst Person" segment for, as Media Matters documented, "accus[ing] Senator Barbara Boxer [D-CA] of hitting below the ovaries and trying to, quote, lynch Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice because Boxer mentioned, since her own children were too old, her grandchildren too young, and that Rice had no children, neither of them would ever pay a personal price for Iraq." Olbermann then said: "I am assuming comedian [Limbaugh] was equally outraged when first lady Laura Bush said Secretary Rice would never be elected president because she was not married. He wasn't? Shocked. I'm shocked." Olbermann appears to be referring to a reported People magazine interview with first lady Laura Bush to which Nitya Venkataraman referred on Jake Tapper's ABC News blog Political Punch.

From the January 12 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: But the winner: Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard on, where else, Fox, complaining about the president's speech. Quoting, "I wish there were a little more about winning the war and a little less about helping the Iraqis." Well, sure, because after all, it's not like Mr. Bush dragged us in there to liberate the people or establish democracy in Iraq or -- oh, yeah, he did. Bill Kristol, today's Worst Person in the World.

From the January 15 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: The silver to comedian Rush Limbaugh. Continuing to work off his GOP talking points, he accused Senator Barbara Boxer of hitting below the ovaries and trying to, quote, lynch Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice because Boxer mentioned, since her own children were too old, her grandchildren too young, and that Rice had no children, neither of them would ever pay a personal price for Iraq. I am assuming comedian was equally outraged when first lady Laura Bush said Secretary Rice would never be elected president because she was not married. He wasn't? Shocked. I'm shocked.

—A.I.

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