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The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contendersby Keith Olbermann
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During each edition of Countdown, Olbermann has a segment called "The Worst Person in the World," in which he gives out bronze, silver and gold medals to the people who demonstrated that day just low humans can sink morally, socially or politically; think Bernard Goldberg with integrity or News of the Weird with attitude. He already has 120 pieces, which well combine with a brief intro (1000 words) on his methodology in choosing the worst people, as well as his thoughts on just what is wrong with them; an epilogue of about the same length in which he chooses a worst in show; plus any follow up material when applicable. For example, after Olbermann called out Rush Limbaugh for his remarks about Cindy Sheehan, he blogged that the transcript of those remarks were expunged from Limbaugh's site, posted the text of Limbaughs remarks and noted other ramifications of Limbaughs remarks. The selections could be organized chronologically, by theme, or by type of winner, but this we won't know until we spread out all 120 in front of us.
Recent gold-medalists include: Robert Novak, Tom Cruise, Paula Jones, Brit Hume, Paul Eibler (president of Take Two Interactive, which makes Grand Theft Auto), Liz Beattie (British schoolteacher who wants to eliminate failing grades), the organizers of a water-gun tournament in NYC, pitchers Kenny Rogers and Livan Hernandez, Councillor Lim Kit Sing of Hong Kong, Amber Frey, Ann Coulter, Victoria Gotti, Geraldo Rivera, and FEMA spokesperson Mary Hudak, plus a half-dozen idiot criminals.
Olbermann presents a brash and scalpel-sharp appraisal of the depths to which humans can slide socially, politically, and morally — and what fun it can be to find out.
All of the failings and missteps of celebrities, politicians, and a few just-plain-dumb folks, as seen on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann is more popular than ever, and ratings for Countdown are up 85 percent over the last year. A key feature of the program is his daily award for "The Worst Person in the World." From Ann Coulter and Barbara Bush to Bill O’Reilly and more, he brings the best of his "worsts" together in a wildly entertaining collection that reveals just how twisted people can be–and how much fun it is to call them out on it.
Nightly on MSNBC, the controversial and outspoken Keith Olbermann counts down the day's top stories with satire and style on his show Countdown with Keith Olbermann. One feature of this increasingly popular newscast is his daily award for "The Worst Person in the World," which is bestowed upon the careless, the clueless, and the just plain cruel.
Now, Olbermann brings these legendary offenders together in The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders. Awarding bronze, silver, and gold medals, Olbermann offers a brash appraisal of humanity at its lowest—politically, socially, and morally.
From Amber Frey to Ann Coulter, from Donald Rumsfeld to the FOX News Channel, from sports figures to schoolteachers to stupid criminals, no one eludes Olbermann's gimlet eye. Winners include:
As the recipient of a bumper crop of medals, Bill O'Reilly receives special attention. Olbermann offers readers a handy "O'Reilly Code" of key terms to aid in the understanding of "this generation's Joe McCarthy."
Olbermann also explains his methodology for choosing these unlucky winners, presents new honorary "Worsts," and in the end names one person "Worst in Show."
About the Author
Keith Olbermann is host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. A veteran broadcaster, he was the co-anchor with Dan Patrick of ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997, when they wrote The Big Show. While there, he helped launch ESPN2 and ESPN Radio Network. Olbermann is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards in radio and television broadcasting, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the events of 9/11. He has hosted primetime news programs, anchored the World Series broadcast, and written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Sports Illustrated.
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