On Friday’s Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann called FNC host Brian Kilmeade an "un-American bastard" during his show’s regular "Worst Person" segment because Kilmeade recently complained about the political correctness of the left's desire to avoid identifying Muslim terrorists as Muslims.
Picking up on comments Kilmeade made on Fox News Radio in which he overstated the reality that an overwhelming majority of terrorists are Muslims as Kilmeade asserted that "all" terrorists are Muslims, Olbermann went ballistic in attacking the FNC host. Olbermann: "Not every un-American bastard is Brian Kilmeade, but all Brian Kilmeades are un-American bastards and tonight's ‘Worst Person in the World.’"
Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Friday, October 15, "Worst Person in the World" segment from MSNBC’s Countdown show:
KEITH OLBERMANN: But our winner, Brian Kilmeade. There is "stupid" and there is "bigoted" and there is "paranoid," and there is "Islamophobic," though it takes a big man to combine all four of them.
AUDIO OF FOX NEWS HOST BRIAN KILMEADE: Do you think Americans have a right to look at moderate Muslims and say, "Show me you’re not one of them"? Because that’s really where we’re at right now as a country.
OLBERMANN: No, we're not. But that was just a warm up. Wait for the hate.
KILMEADE AUDIO: The shoe bomber, the Times Square bomber, the underwear bomber, they had one thing in common: They are all extremists, and they are all Muslims. Not every Muslim is an extremist, a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim. You can’t avoid that fact, and that is ridiculous that we’ve got to keep defining this.
OLBERMANN: Every terrorist is a Muslim. Scott Roeder – who assassinated George Tiller – must be surprised to find out that he's a Muslim. Jim David Atkisson – the church murderer who says he was inspired by Bernie Goldberg's writing – he converted without his knowledge apparently. Eric Rudolph and the guy who tried to attack the Tides Foundation and the ACLU and the man who detonated a bomb at a mosque in Jacksonville, all Muslims. And Timothy McVeigh.
KILMEADE: And the people who equate Timothy McVeigh with al-Qaeda terrorist organization, which is growing, and a threat that exists.
OLBERMANN: That's right, see, because when McVeigh was put to death, that ended all threats of American-born terrorists on the radical right. So here's one for Mr. Kilmeade. Not every un-American bastard is Brian Kilmeade, but all Brian Kilmeades are un-American bastards and tonight's "Worse Person in the World."