[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Update: Via Narciso in the comments, I learn that Say Anything has a much, much better snark on this: Julian Assange Exposed Thousands of Sensitive US Documents, So the Worst Person in the World is Obviously Bristol Palin.
What can I say? I have been outclassed. Now to rejoin the post already in progress and riffing off of the title:
By which I mean, in a snarky way, him. Which of course is only a joke. If we were actually going to talk about who was the worst person in the world the top of the list would be, say, Osama bin Laden, or Kim Jung Il. I mean there is a whole world full of dictators and terrorists and various assorted scum who could earn the title more easily than any one of the people Olbermann regularly names as worst.
But having suspended this segment for I think something like five minutes because he was so inspired by Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity (starring an Islamofascist, presented as one of the sane), Olbermann was back at it, naming the Worst Person in the World, telling us who was so insufferably awful this week: Bristol Palin. Why? Because she made an ad saying that you should save yourself for marriage, but if you don’t, use protection.
Now the ad he is complaining about is all kinds of pointless (and, Mikey, no one is fooled by your bragging about magnums, okay?), but there is a world of difference between something being pointless and being the act of a bad person. So what exactly is Keith’s objection? Does he think that not having sex does not prevent pregnancy? Does he want children to have lots of unprotected sex? Or does he feel that Bristol has a duty to advocate for teenage promiscuity, given that she verifiably had sex at least once as a teenager? Does he think that she should not say, “hey, I have learned through experience that being an unwed mother sucks, so try your best not to be one yourself”? Seriously, is he an advocate of the view that Bristol should not actually, you know, learn from her mistakes and tell other people not to make them?
I could see him in the 18th century calling John Newton a bad guy for denouncing slavery after he had engaged in it. “And can you believe that piece of crap song Amazing Grace? He tells us all that he was a wretch, but now we should listen to him?”
In the end I think Olbermann was just infected with a form of prejudice. He saw a person he associates with conservatism and heard her say “abstain” and thought this meant she was pushing an abstinence only agenda. But the total message of the ad was, please wait until marriage, but if you don’t, use protection. How is that even outside of the mainstream of thought on the subject?
Keith Olbermann is not the worst person in the world for his seething hatred of everything Palin (and watch the video for a bonus dose of Bush derangement). That terrorist in Portland the other day is a better nominee. But he is being a jerk, which is hardly surprising.
And I would add that in addition to resuming a segment he swore off because of Jon Stewart’s rally, he also ignored Jon Stewart’s advice: kids are off limits.
Update: My retched, I mean wretched, spelling has been corrected. Thanks to Mike Myers for catching it, although I am wondering if he is the creator of Wayne’s World, or the killer in Halloween?
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]