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My "Countdown" Rant...

In his “Worst Person in the World” segment last Thursday night, (Which you can see here: The Worst Person in the World!! ), Keith Olbermann torched Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller, Dave Schulteis, and Sean Hannity. Bill-O, Miller, and Hannity make this list at least twice a week, sometimes more, so no big surprise there.

Anyhow, Keith called out O’Reilly and Miller for lying about Obama’s position on Gay Marriage in California. He said that they’re both (actually he said ‘all three’ as he was counting a caller to Miller’s show) wrong because Obama had written last spring that “he opposed the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution”

This is partially true. Obama *did* say that. But as the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out:

“Obama is skating gingerly past his previous position on the issue. The Illinois senator has said repeatedly that he believes marriage should be only between man and a woman. When the California Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in May, Obama released a carefully nuanced statement saying he respected the court’s decision, believed states should make their own decisions on marriage and “will continue to fight for civil unions as president.”

Next up was Colorado State Sen. Dave Schulteis. And, as much as it galls me to admit this, I must admit that I agree with Keith on this one. From the Colorado Independent:

“Sen. Schultheis restated his opposition to a bill requiring HIV tests for pregnant women by claiming that infected babies would cause families to “see the negative consequences of that promiscuity.”

If he said this, and it sure looks as if he did…sorry, I just can’t swallow that pill. I’d say he earned his spot on Olbermann’s list.

In the top spot was Sean Hannity because a user on his forums on hannity.com created a poll asking what sort of revolution readers of that forum preferred. Keith went on a rant about treason at that point. Oddly, if one were to peruse the Countdown Forums on MSNBC.com…(and, I grant you, I do not know why one would bother…)…but if one were, they would find this gem there:

CONGRESS STALLS, TROOPS DIE, FUNDS WASTED! IS IS TIME FOR A COUP IN THE U.S.?

Note that this forum thread is dated 2/8/2007. Of course, the evil George Bush was President then, so talk of revolution was acceptable to Keith. The facts are that 99.9% of forums on the internet are, at best, anarchy, with God knows who posting God knows what. Which explains why one can find nearly anything, on any forum, if they look hard enough. As for Hannity’s forums, it clearly states in the User Agreement when you register to the Hannity forums that…

“Although the administrators and moderators of Sean Hannity Discussion will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Sean Hannity Discussion, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.”

My point? Holding Sean Hannity personally responsible for the views of the people that post on the forums on his site is a bit of, well, no….it’s a HUGE stretch.