O'Reilly named "Worst Person" for "hypocritical" well-wishes for Cindy Sheehan

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On the June 7 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News' Bill O'Reilly the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for, as Media Matters for America documented, commenting "on Cindy Sheehan's retirement from the anti-war limelight" and saying, "I don't like to see any American suffer the way I think Ms. Sheehan has suffered, from losing her son to being personally attacked. And we wish her well." Olbermann observed: "In August 2005, O'Reilly said she was guilty of conduct, which, quote, 'other American families who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq think borders on treasonous.' Two months later, he issued a fatwa, a list of cowards who would not appear on his show and among them, Cindy Sheehan -- but he doesn't want to see her personally attacked."

As Media Matters has documented (here, here, here, and here), O'Reilly has frequently been cited during Olbermann's "Worst Person" segment. O'Reilly recently received "Worst Person" honors for claiming that attorney Andrew Speaker acted on "secular-progressive" values when he traveled by airline despite his tuberculosis, adding that "[t]raditional-values people put others on a par with themselves. That's a Judeo-Christian tenet. Love your neighbor as yourself. Secular progressives put themselves above all others. That philosophy says, 'Me first, then I'll worry about you.' "

From the June 7 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: But the winner is: Bill-O. If anybody's wondering who's really speaking on one of those anonymous "Fox Noise" spokesman-issued that say a hypocritical statement that ends with 'We wish them well,' Billy just gave it away.

On Cindy Sheehan's retirement from the anti-war limelight, Bill Orally actually said, quote, "I don't like to see any American suffer the way I think Ms. Sheehan has suffered, from losing her son to being personally attacked. And we wish her well."

In August 2005, O'Reilly said she was guilty of conduct, which, quote, "other American families who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq think borders on treasonous." Two months later, he issued a fatwa, a list of cowards who would not appear on his show and among them, Cindy Sheehan -- but he doesn't want to see her personally attacked.

Well, maybe he just forgot he called her a coward or a traitor. I mean, if you or I were as full of crap as Bill is, would we really remember each time we messed our pants?

Bill O'Reilly -- today's Worst Person in the World.

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