MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Brit Hume "Worst Person in the World" for accusing Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of being "factually challenged" in his description of the deal under which a company owned by the government of Dubai would take over the British firm Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which runs terminal operations at six U.S. ports. Hume took issue with Reid's statement that the deal gives "another country control of our ports," but as Media Matters for America has noted, Hume himself has described the Dubail company as assuming "control" of the ports.
Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund stated that he "got a security briefing" on United Arab Emirates actions to assist U.S. anti-terror efforts but suggested he "can't talk about" what he learned, leaving viewers to wonder what the "security briefing" consisted of, whether he was privy to classified information, and, if so, why.
Chris Matthews compared George W. Bush to Atticus Finch, the hero of the 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (Warner Books).
Keith Olbermann devoted an entire segment to responding to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's call for the replacement of Olbermann's show with one featuring Phil Donahue. Donahue previously hosted a show on MSNBC in the same 8 p.m. ET time slot as Olbermann's Countdown, which is also in the same time slot as O'Reilly's show, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.
Keith Olbermann crowned Bill O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" on both the February 22 and 23 editions of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, based on comments first noted by Media Matters for America. Olbermann also recognized Rush Limbaugh on February 23 for his assertion that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl."
Numerous media outlets and commentators have gone to great lengths to avoid using some version of the simplest construction to describe Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting partner, Harry Whittington: Cheney shot Whittington. Instead, the media have come up with alternative formulations that have the effect of distancing Cheney from the incident.
In recent days, media figures pronounced the story surrounding Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting partner "over," despite several unanswered questions regarding the incident and contradictory statements offered by Cheney and hunting party host Katharine Armstrong, whom Cheney said he designated to first report the incident.
On a Hardball panel that included MSNBC hosts Rita Cosby, Tucker Carlson, and Joe Scarborough -- but no progressives -- Scarborough called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "very shrill" and said that "there is a shrillness in Hillary that comes out on TV whenever she gets excited about something."
On February 13, MSNBC issued a correction of a falsehood previously documented by Media Matters for America, that former lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave $68,000 in campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid.
On MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews and The Washington Post's Dana Milbank agreed that the American public is rallying to support President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program, and that only Democrats and "poor Republicans like [former Rep.] Bob Barr [R-GA]" are raising objections based on the legality of the program.
MSNBC Live anchor Alex Witt falsely claimed that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid received political contributions from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, "there are people in Hollywood, not all of them, but there are some people who are nothing more than harlots" who "will do anything for the buck," adding that, if asked "to sodomize their own mother in a movie, they would do so, and they would do it with a smile on their face."
On the February 9 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, Keith Olbermann honored Fox News and CNN with "Worst Person in the World" awards; Fox News took both the bronze and gold medals and CNN, the silver, all based on Media Matters for America items.
Appearing on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, Catholic League president William A. Donohue claimed that "people don't trust Muslims when it comes to liberty."
Numerous media figures highlighted the alleged "partisan" nature of Coretta Scott King's funeral but failed to comment on the politicization of Ronald Reagan's funeral.