Olbermann named Hannity "Worst Person," with Bay Buchanan as runner-up

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On the May 29 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Sean Hannity the "winner" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for stating that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is " 'not really viewed as somebody that is up to the task of understanding the nature in the battle in the war that's being waged against us' because he got a $400 haircut," as Olbermann put it. As Media Matters for America noted, Hannity made the remark on the May 24 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes. Hannity pointed to a video of Edwards fixing his hair prior to a televised interview and the fact that Edwards recently spent $400 on a haircut, and then asked Jane Fleming, executive director of Young Voter PAC, "You don't see inherent weaknesses here in this campaign?"

On Countdown, Olbermann responded: "Couldn't stand up to Al Qaeda because he gets his hair done? Right, Sean, and your own hair just looks like that right out of bed every morning? And [former Massachusetts Gov.] Mitt Romney's gets to looking like that for free? And President Bush cuts his own hair? What does he use, a Flowbee?"

Also on May 29, Olbermann awarded Bay Buchanan, a Republican strategist and senior adviser to presidential hopeful Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), the "silver" in the "Worst Person" segment for falsely claiming that "after 9-11," Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "went on national television and fabricated where her daughter was, talked about her daughter out jogging that morning and stopped near the Towers, heard the planes crash. It was all fabricated. It was all made up. Chelsea herself says she never left the apartment that morning."

But as Media Matters documented, Buchanan's own assertion in a May 24 appearance on CNN was inconsistent with the statements of both Hillary and Chelsea Clinton regarding Chelsea's whereabouts on the morning of September 11, 2001. In the interview Buchanan was referring to, Sen. Clinton did not claim that Chelsea was "out jogging that morning and stopped near the Towers, heard the planes crash"; rather, she said that Chelsea "was going to go around the Towers." In addition, Buchanan's assertion that Chelsea said she "never left the apartment that morning" is contradicted by a November 9, 2001, UPI article about a piece Chelsea wrote in Talk magazine:

"When the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, I was 12 blocks away, (and) nothing has been the same since," Clinton wrote in the December/January issue of Talk magazine, on sale Friday in New York.

[...]

Clinton had been staying with her high school friend Nicole Davison in her apartment near Union Square for a few days in September before she went to England to study at Oxford. After they had coffee together, Davison went to work and Clinton returned to the apartment.

From the May 29 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: Our runner-up: the unfortunate Bay Buchanan -- claiming on CNN that Hillary Clinton, quote, "After 9-11, as a U.S. senator, went on national television and fabricated where her daughter was, talked about how her daughter out jogging that morning and stopped near the Towers, heard the planes crash. It was all fabricated. It was all made up. Chelsea herself says she never left the apartment that morning," unquote.

Except, of course, neither Senator Clinton nor Chelsea Clinton ever said such things. Six days after the attacks, Senator Clinton said of daughter on [NBC's] Dateline, "She'd gone on what she thought would be just a great jog. She was going to go down to Battery Park. She was going to go around the Towers. She went to get a cup of coffee and that's when the plane hit." That would make what Bay Buchanan said fabricated. It was all made up.

But our winner: Sean Hannity -- bashing John Edwards as, quote, "not really viewed as somebody that is up to the task of understanding the nature in the battle in the war that's being waged against us" because he got a $400 haircut. Hannity even played videotape of Edwards doing his hair before he did a TV interview.

Couldn't stand up to Al Qaeda because he gets his hair done? Right, Sean, and your own hair just looks like that right out of bed every morning? And Mitt Romney's gets to looking like that for free? And President Bush cuts his own hair? What does he use, a Flowbee? Sean Hannity: today's Worst Person in the World!

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Sean Hannity, Bay Buchanan
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