Hannity, Coulter earned second, third place in Olbermann's "Worst Person" segment

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On the August 31 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann awarded Fox News host Sean Hannity and right-wing pundit Ann Coulter second and third place, respectively, in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment. Olbermann recognized Coulter for her August 30 syndicated column titled, "They Shot the Wrong Lincoln" -- a reference to Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), whom she attacked throughout the piece. As Media Matters for America noted, Coulter has previously suggested the killing of other people with whom she disagrees. Olbermann commented: "This is at least the fourth public figure against which she has suggested a physical attack. It's got to be worth a D.A. [district attorney] somewhere indicting her for repeated terroristic threats. Isn't it?" Hannity received the runner-up prize for comments he made on the August 29 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, in which as Media Matters also noted, he said that "there are things in life worth fighting and dying for, and one of 'em is making sure" that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) "doesn't become the speaker" of the House of Representatives.

From the August 31 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: That's ahead, but first, time for Countdown's latest list of nominees for "Worst Person in the World." The bronze to Coultergeist. Title of her column on Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee: "They Shot the Wrong Lincoln." This is at least the fourth public figure against which she has suggested a physical attack. It's got to be worth a D.A. somewhere indicting her for repeated terroristic threats. Isn't it?

The runner-up: Sean Hannity. Usually he keeps the blood out of it, but in telling his echo chamber about the midterm elections, he said, quote, "This is the moment to say that there are things in life worth fighting and dying for, and one of 'em is making sure Nancy Pelosi doesn't become the speaker." Yeah, meet you at the barricades, brother.

Network/Outlet
MSNBC
Person
Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter
Show/Publication
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
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