O'Reilly named "Worst Person" for claiming Americans don't want Mexicans "clustering in neighborhoods"

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On the August 2 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Bill O'Reilly the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the July 30 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, which Media Matters for America documented. Olbermann quoted O'Reilly, saying: "Most Americans don't want to hurt any poor Mexican people. They want to know who they are. They want to know where they are, what they're doing. They don't want them clustering in neighborhoods and changing the whole tempo of the neighborhood." Olbermann added: "You know, the same way the anti-immigrant bigots didn't want my immigrant German ancestors changing the tempo of the whole neighborhood in 1900. The same way the anti-immigrant bigots didn't want Bill's immigrant Irish ancestors changing the whole tempo of the neighborhood in 1850."

On July 18, Olbermann named O'Reilly the "winner" of the "Worst Person" segment for defending his earlier comparison of Daily Kos to the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. As Media Matters has documented (here, here, here, and here), Olbermann frequently names O'Reilly in his "Worst Person" segment.

Additionally, Olbermann awarded syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh the "bronze" in the August 2 "Worst Person" segment for claiming that the "Democrats have, quote, 'aligned themselves with the enemy. The enemy kills more soldiers, their spokesman here in America are the Democrats. When we kill more of the enemy, the Democrats are silent and they say nothing. But when you have reports of, you know, another IED or a picture of a car on fire, then the Democrats assume the role of media PR spokespeople for Al Qaeda.' " Media Matters also noted Limbaugh's statements, which he made on the July 31 broadcast of his radio program.

Limbaugh also frequently appears on Olbermann's list, as Media Matters has noted (here, here, here, here and here). On May 17, Olbermann named Limbaugh the "winner" for complaining that Democrats are not asked "why there are no women and minorities on stage" during presidential debates.

From the August 2 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: The bronze to comedian Rush Limbaugh, was back carrying the water and mixing it with the Bush dust and drinking the resultant Kool-Aid. He has actually said, Democrats have, quote, "aligned themselves with the enemy. The enemy kills more soldiers, their spokesman here in U.S. are the Democrats. When we kill more of the enemy, the Democrats are silent and they say nothing. But when you have reports of, you know, another IED or pictures of a car on fire, then the Democrats assume the role of media PR spokespeople for Al Qaeda." Unquote.

Serious question: Have you had a thorough neurological workup lately? Seriously.

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OLBERMANN: Our winner, Bill-O, explaining his stance on immigration reform. And remember, that is code for, "We don't like Mexican people." So Bill-O says, quote, "Most Americans don't want to hurt any poor Mexican people. They want to know who they are. They want to know where they are, what they're doing. They don't want them clustering in neighborhoods and changing the tempo of the whole neighborhood."

You know, the same way the anti-immigrant bigots didn't want my immigrant German ancestors changing the tempo of the whole neighborhood in 1900. The same way the anti-immigrant bigots didn't want Bill's immigrant Irish ancestors changing the tempo of the whole neighborhood in 1850.

Bill O'Reilly, today's "Worst Person in the World."

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