'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, July 25th, 2011
ShowPlug1: Live on Countdown at 8ET: POTUS takes to airwaves to address "stalemate" - not debt crisis. W/ @SamSteinHP & @Markos Moulitsas
ShowPlug2: The latest from Norway+ large amounts of American RW garbage terrorist drew from, w/Mark Weitzman of Simon Wiesenthal Center
ShowPlug3: & The unconscionable reaction from Fox: The guesswork that it was a Muslim; Beck's comparison of the victims to "Hitler Youth"
ShowPlug4: Murdoch Scandal continues: Cops Vs Rupert, Everybody Vs James, hints at perjury charges. @EdPilkington of UK's Guardian joins me
ShowPlug5: Religion and the Presidency: 38% say POTUS is Christian, 18% say Muslim, 4% say... HUH? W/Contributor @MaysoonZayid
ShowPlugLast: And then our live coverage of the President's fifth tv appearance on the debt ceiling in the last 2 weeks, live, 9 ET @Current
watch whole playlist
'Debt Plans Duo', Sam Stein
'Debt Dilemma', Markos Moulitsas
YouTube, Current.com (excerpt)
'Nightmare in Norway', Mark Weitzman
YouTube, Current.com (excerpt)
Time Marches On!
'End of an Empire', Ed Pilkington
Worst Persons: Brian Kilmeade, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck
'House of Worship?', Maysoon Zayid
Extra: President Obama's Address on the Debt Stalemate
Here are Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Person In The World.
There is a theme tonight:
Fox, or ex-Fox, and Norway.
The bronze to Brian Kilmeade, from the Sunrise Semester from the Fox & Friends Clown College.
This is this morning.
This morning after the Norway terrorist revealed his anti-Islamic, anti-immigration stance, and cited one American Islamophobic website 64 times.
"Are you surprised somewhat that western newspapers, in this case The New York Times seem to be jumping on the fact that they are trying to equate Christian extremists with Muslim extremists, the headline today for example 'The Killings In Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought In U.S. What does one thing have to do with the other?'"
This from a network usually devoted to suggesting the murderers of 9/11 and peaceful Muslims here have "one thing to do with the other."
To that point...
The runner-up: Laura Ingraham, filling in for Billo the Combover on Friday. She'll speak for all those who on the Right who so horribly assumed.... Of course she took it a step further.
She book-ended her prejudiced, incorrect guess of what had happened, with a dog-whistle to incite fear of, and perhaps retribution against, peaceful Muslims here:
"In the back of the book segment tonight, two deadly terror attacks in Norway in what appears to be the work again of Muslim extremists."... "In the meantime, in New York City, the Muslims who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero recently scored a huge legal victory. A Manhattan judge dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, who was trying to stop construction of the mosque."
The segment that followed showed video of not just the Park 51 Islamic Center but also the 9/11 attacks. The sadness here is, that 18 months ago, Ingraham initially defended the Park 51 project. She is not a psycho, like our next honoree, nor a moron who must appear on television, like Kilmeade.
But our winner is Lonesome Rhodes Beck.
The former TV lunatic is now only on the radio, but that, sadly, is **plenty.**
Frankly, this is one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard.
And apart from his saying that the teenaged victims in the Norway shooting were in some way comparable to the quote "Hitler Youth," is that he says it and goes right past it, as if it weren't one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard.
"And as the thing started to unfold and then there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler youth or whatever. I mean who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? "...Disturbing."
Note please what Beck thinks is disturbing. Not the Islamophobic monster thinking he's wiping out the next generation of Liberals in his country.
This afternoon, many in the Right Wing blogosphere supported those words of Beck's because they believe truth is a defense -- that a politically-oriented camp for teenaged kids is like the Hitler Youth.
Except there are camps like that here. For more than 30 years the John Birch Society ran overnightsummer camps for teenagers. Now it's switched to week-long day camps.
Yet, Beck is clearly saying the camp was disturbing. The 68 dead at the camp? That's not what he's focused on.
Let's just face this: Glenn Beck is a seriously disturbed human being. And he's today's Worst Person In The World.