Boortz crowned "Worst Person" by Olbermann for saying Columbine shouldn't have offered counseling after shootings

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On MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann again named nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award, this time for stating -- as Media Matters for America noted -- that schools should never provide psychological counseling for students, even after the traumatic shootings that occurred in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado.

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On the May 11 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann again named nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award, this time for stating -- as Media Matters for America noted -- that schools should never provide psychological counseling for students, even after the traumatic shootings that occurred in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado. Boortz reasoned that providing counseling "is just all part of an effort to ... engrain in the American people this idea that the government is responsible for everything."

Boortz was also named "Worst Person in the World" by Olbermann on March 31, as Media Matters noted, for saying Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) "looks like a ghetto slut," following a March 29 incident in which McKinney is accused of striking a police officer at a Capitol Hill security checkpoint.

From the May 11 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: Time for Countdown's latest list of nominees for "Worst Person in the World."

The bronze, Michael Cohn, an L.A. psychologist, and Alfred Rava, his attorney. They're suing the baseball team the L.A. Angels because at a Mother's Day promotion last year, the Angels gave out special tote bags to women 18 and over, but they did not give Mr. Cohn one. He's claiming discrimination, asking damages of $4,000 to each man who went to the game last year.

There's a part two. This attorney, Mr. Rava, seems to have made a hobby of this. He's been part of at least 37 lawsuits since 2003, most of them claiming discrimination because of lady nights at bars or discounted tickets to theaters for women.

The runner-up, the owners of the venerable British soccer team Arsenal and the stadium at which it has played for nearly a century, Highbury. As it moves to a new stadium, Arsenal had been selling off the seats from Highbury until it was discovered that the paint on those seats contained traces of cadmium. It is a toxic medical -- metal that, among other things, can reduce men's fertility.

But the winner, radio commentator Neal Boortz, who said that offering counseling to kids traumatized by shootings in schools was just an attempt to sell them on the idea that government is, quote, "responsible for everything." He said there should not have been counseling offered to the students at Columbine. "I had a friend," Boortz said, "that died of leukemia. Never once did they run a bunch of damned counselors into the school the next day assist me in getting my feeling out about this issue." Yeah, Neal, and look how good you turned out.

Neal Boortz, today's "Worst Person in the World."

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