Olbermann Names Dem 'Worse Person' Without Saying He's Dem

June 28th, 2008 2:20 PM

An extraordinary thing happened on Friday's "Countdown": host Keith Olbermann actually included a Democrat Congressman in his "Worst Person in the World" segment.

Of course, it would have been even more extraordinary if the MSNBC host had informed his viewers that the Congressman in question was indeed a Democrat.

Sadly, that didn't happen, and instead the million foolish people that actually watch this tripe were left in the dark concerning Bill Delahunt's (D-Mass.) party affiliation (video embedded right):

The bronze, shared by Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff David Addingtion who made each other look stupid at a hearing. First Addington said he could not talk about torture techniques because quote, "Al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN." Then Delahunt said quote, "Right, well I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington." Well one of the loonier of the Conservatives in Congress, Steve King, then got even dumber when he said, "Delahunt was inciting al Qaeda to violence against Addington." It was a damn fool thing of Delahunt to say, and not that bright from Addington either.

Quite right, Keith. But why is it you accurately identified Addington as working for Vice President Cheney, and Rep. King (R-NY) as a conservative, but chose to not tell your viewers that the person saying the "damn fool thing" was a Democrat? Is that verboten on your show, Keith, or just a convenient oversight?

Regardless, here's the exchange between Addington and Delahunt:

ADDINGTON: I can't talk to you. Al-Qaeda may watch C-SPAN.

DELAHUNT: Right. Well, I'm sure they are watching and I'm glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington.

ADDINGTON: I'm sure you're pleased.

DELAHUNT: Given your pension for being unobtrusive.

For the record, Delahunt was on Mark Levin's radio program Friday, and apologized for his remark (audio here).

Finally, readers are advised to get Ed Morrissey's take on this, as well as Power Line's and Redstate's.