Hannity gets "Worst Person" runner-up for saying that Whitewater, Vince Foster death are "chapters remaining open"

››› ››› MATT GERTZ

On the July 19 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Sean Hannity the "runner-up" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for comments Hannity made during the "Clinton Chapters" segment of the July 15 edition of Fox News' Hannity's America, in which, as Media Matters for America documented, Hannity asserted that "there are still many chapters remaining open from [Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY)] time at the Rose Law Firm. Take Whitewater and the death of Vince Foster." Olbermann responded: "No, there aren't. That's what the last of three special prosecutors concluded after six years and $60 million spent investigating her." Indeed, Foster's death has been conclusively determined to have been a suicide, and after extensive investigations, three different Republican independent counsels determined that there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges against the Clintons in the Whitewater matter.

As Media Matters has noted (here, here, and here), Olbermann has frequently named Hannity in his "Worst Person" segment. For instance, on June 18, Olbermann named Hannity the "winner" of the segment for claiming to be "frustrated" by purported differences between the Democratic and Republican presidential debates: "The Democrats don't get the questions on partial-birth abortion or asked if they've read the National Intelligence Estimate [NIE]. It seems like the Republicans are getting more scrutiny." In fact, as Media Matters for America noted, Democratic candidates were asked questions on those very issues during the Democratic candidates' April 26 and June 3 debates.

From the July 19 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: Runner-up tonight, Sean Hannity. As if the Pentagon threat against Senator Clinton were not enough, he says of her, "There are still many chapters remaining open from her time at the Rose Law Firm, take Whitewater and the death of Vince Foster." No, there aren't. That's what the last of three special prosecutors concluded after six years and $60 million spent investigating her.

If there are still many chapters remaining open for Senator Clinton, then you can just as easily say that for Mr. Hannity. There are still many chapters remaining open from the time you were accused of being a human replicant built and programmed by Halliburton.

Network/Outlet
Fox News Channel, MSNBC
Person
Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann
Show/Publication
Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Hannity's America
Stories/Interests
Hillary Clinton, 2008 Elections
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