Leftist MSNBC host Keith Olbermann attacked NewsBusters and the Media Research Center in his "Worst Person in the World" segment on Monday night, awarding us the "Worser" prize with a typical sneer: "The nice thing about being on the opposite side of the war with the Media Research/NewsBusters crowd is they're really stupid." Olbermann singled out Tim Graham's Friday post on Nancy Pelosi hailing both the Pope and the Dalai Lama as "Holinesses." Media Matters posted on Friday that President Bush had done the same thing. Olbermann, whose broadcast often cribs heavily from that site, pounced:
Our silver winner tonight, Tim Graham, part of the little Brent Bozell witch's kitchen, known as the Media Research Center and NewsBusters. Graham, identified as the "director of media analysis," blogged about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to both Pope Benedict and the Dalai Lama as "his holiness." "At best," writes Graham, "Pelosi's promiscuous definitions of holiness just show she's more of a shallow politician than a devout Christian."
Graham apparently was unaware that when the Pope was in Washington two weeks ago, another politician addressed him as "Holy Father." And when the Dalai Lama was there last autumn, the same politician addressed him as "your holiness," and referred to him three times as "his holiness." That other politician whom Graham might observe matches Pelosi's, quote, "promiscuous definitions of holiness," and shows he, too, is "more of a shallow politician than a devout Christian"? That guy would be President Bush. The nice thing about being on the opposite side of the war with the Media Research/NewsBusters crowd is they're really stupid.
The "Worse" recipient was a Burger King executive who used his daughter's computer alias to mock tomato pickers. The "Worst" recipient was NPR political analyst Ken Rudin, who compared Hillary Clinton to the psychopathic spurned mistress of the adulterer's nightmare film Fatal Attraction.