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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

MSNBC’s Olbermann Slams Conservatives as “Worst” Persons

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Alexandria, VA—In his “Worst Person in the World!” segments on MSNBC’s Countdown, host Keith Olbermann targets conservatives nearly 9 times more often than he targets liberals, a new study by the Media Research Center confirms. This reveals Mr. Olbermann’s liberal bias despite his claims that his journalism “has nothing to do with a political point of view.”

Since June 30, 2005, Olbermann has announced his daily picks for “Worse,” “Worser,” and “Worst Person in the World!” The numbers show that Olbermann targeted conservatives 174 times in the past 12 months, compared to just 23 instances when he complained about liberals — a nearly 9-to-1 disparity.

Curiously, Mr. Olbermann took 42 swipes at Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, Olbermann’s direct competition. Other media personalities targeted by Olbermann include:

  • Radio host Rush Limbaugh (11 times)

  • Author and columnist Ann Coulter (9)

  • Radio host Neal Boortz (3)

  • Radio host and CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck (3)

  • The New York Post (2)

  • Columnist Michelle Malkin (2), whom he rudely called “crazier and dumber than we all thought” and a “nitwit.”

Mr. Olbermann never mentioned Osama bin Laden as “Worst” and slammed Saddam Hussein only twice.

“The funniest thing Keith Olbermann has ever said is claiming he shows no viewpoint on the air,” said MRC President Brent Bozell. “The conservatives that Olbermann dislikes can’t merely be wrong, or overstated, they have to be mocked and caricatured as the most evil figures on Earth.”

A New Study: The "Worst" of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann

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