Keith Olbermann awarded the runner-up and "bronze" honors in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment to Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, respectively -- to O'Reilly, for asserting that the question of whether global warming is natural or man-made is "all guesswork," and to Beck, for asking, "Odds that [Sen.] Barack Obama is the Antichrist?"
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On the March 5 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News' Bill O'Reilly the runner-up in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for asserting, as Media Matters for America noted, that the question of whether global warming is natural or man-made is "all guesswork." On the February 27 edition of his Fox News television show, O'Reilly read an email from a viewer asking, "Bill, you stated in the dinosaur piece that global warming is cyclical. Does that mean the current scare is natural, not man-made?" As Olbermann noted, O'Reilly responded: "Who knows, Scott? It's all guesswork." O'Reilly added: "I'll leave the definitive word to the deity."
Olbermann also gave CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck the "Worst Person" "bronze" for saying on the March 4 edition of his program, as both Think Progress and Media Matters documented: "There are people -- and they said this about Bill Clinton -- that actually believe [Sen. Barack Obama] might be the Antichrist." He then asked evangelist John Hagee, founder and pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, who recently endorsed Sen. John McCain for president: "Odds that Barack Obama is the Antichrist?" Hagee responded: "No chance."
From the March 5 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:
OLBERMANN: The bronze to Glenn Beck asking his guest, John McCain's pro-apocalypse televangelist John Hagee, quote, "They say 'Glenn, you in the media, you've got to wake up. Barack Obama's making people faint and cry and everything else. And he's drawing people in.' There are people -- and they said this about Bill Clinton -- that actually believe he might be the Antichrist. Odds that Barack Obama is the Antichrist?"
Why do you ask, Glenn? Worried about somebody giving you competition?
Our runner-up: Bill-O, answering letters from the only people dumber than he is -- his viewers. This one from Scott, asking if global warming is natural, not man-made: "Who knows, Scott? It's all guesswork." Yes, sir, Bill. For you it is all guesswork.