[media id=4325] [media id=4326] (h/t Heather) FOXNews, such a fertile hunting ground for the Worst Person follies. To be somewhat fair--or maybe be
February 20, 2008

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FOXNews, such a fertile hunting ground for the Worst Person follies. To be somewhat fair--or maybe because no one on the Countdown staff had the stomach to sit through John Gibson's or Brit Hume's show, the bronze award goes to an Elvis impersonator, Frederick Denmark, for convincing people at the Tampa American Legion post to hold a fundraiser for him after he said his house was burned. Only problem? No actual house was burnt for this exercise.

The silver award goes to FOXNews' E.D. Hill, for her own personal contribution to the ginned up Michelle Obama "quote" controversy by making up an entirely wrong (and obviously much more damaging) quote:

It’s very deliberately worded and slowly said: ‘I have never been proud of America really, until now.'

And finally, the man for whom WPITW was designed, Bill O'Reilly, captures the gold yet again, in a twofer prize. After claiming that any news service that gave airtime to legitimize Obama supporter Robert Holeman's confrontation with Bill Clinton would be less than credible, his own network went on to invite Holeman to come on as a guest on Hannity & Colmes. Bet the bosses appreciated that one, Bill. But not content to rest on his laurels, Billo had to top it by adding his own particularly loaded terminology to the Michelle Obama quote story:

O’Reilly: “I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels.”

One word, Bill: IMUS. You've just said that you'd be willing to be part of a lynching for the wife of presidential candidate if it turns out that she is only newly proud of her country. I'd say that qualifies you for Imus treatment.

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