'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, July 28th, 2011
ShowPlug1: Live on Countdown at 8E: The Debt Showdown. Will it play in Peoria? Boehner delays vote, but a post office is renamed!
ShowPlug2: Guests, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and @BrianBeutler of TPM. MurdochGate: now they supply the phones they then hack?
ShowPlug3: DC Correspondent @RobertMooreITV joins me on the Sarah Payne phone scandal and unexpected vote of confidence for James
ShowPlug4: The GOP sneak vote on turning the Grand Canyon region into a uranium mining zone. Countdown Contributor @KateSheppard has story
ShowPlug5: Beck's the victim in the "Hitler Youth" Norway comparison, plus the greatest Newt Gingrich gotcha moment ever, in Worsts
ShowPlugLast: And, Helllooo! Dan Partridge, Petrarch, Pittman... no no @DPShow Dan Patrick joins me on casting the ESPN Movie.
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'Boehner's Bad Day', Rep. Barney Frank
'Boehner's Bad Day', Brian Beutler
'More Victims, More Denials', Robert Moore
Time Marches On!
Mining the Grand Canyon, Kate Sheppard
Worst Persons: Rep. John Culberson, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich
'The Big Movie', Dan Patrick
Current.com part 1, part 2 (excerpts)
Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons in the Worrrrld...
The bronze: To Texas Congressman John Culberson, a long-standing veteran of this list, back on it, for lying about military funerals.
Culberson wants an investigation of the National Cemetery in Houston because he claims "the Obama administration continues to try to prevent the word 'god' from being used at the funerals of our heroes."
Culberson claims he went undercover and heard a cemetery official asking a family to re-confirm that it wanted religious terms used during a funeral. Even if that's true -- and unlike Congressman Culberson, the Veterans' Administration has made its denial under oath, in a legal case, and it says it is not true -- that still isn't an attempt by anybody to prevent the use of words like "god." It's asking the bereaved what they want during the service.
Clearly what Culberson wants is to deny people the option to not use the word God at a military funeral.
The runner-up: Glenn Beck, who can get up on the cross of self-martyrdom in Olympic Record Time.
Once again, after he compared the Norwegian Labor Party's camp for teenagers, and its victims there, to the Hitler Youth, Lonesome Rhodes has identified the real victim here.
"They've been taken something completely out of context and they are trying again to destroy me. Give it your best shot gang. They tried to get me out of the mainstream media... In a year from now you... Bring it on."
Did you know that his 24-hour a day network has been on for a month?
And nobody has noticed?
We'll be praying all right, Glennie.
Prayers of thanks.
But our winner: Newt Gingrich.
His presidential campaign, which resembles a man walking around his yard stepping on rake after rake after rake, has hit a new low.
But it has produced one of the all-time greatest soundbites.
Here is Newt -- still pushing that "we need more manufacturing in America" and "buy American" line -- stepping on the biggest rake in the world, courtesy of a producer for ABC News.
Would you just hold up the t-shirt? A lot of what you're talking about is about taking America back to America We asked for T-shirts to be sent to us and they were made in America. I just picked up that one and it was made in El Salvador Uh-huh. It was a big thing when we talked to your campaign about how you wanted things to be made in America, Do you have plans to change things?
I'll have to ask the folks who ordered this. I didn't order it and I don't do it."
It would have been better for Gingrich if the shirts were solid silver and he'd bought them at Tiffany's...
Newt "I'm Toast" Gingrich, today's Worst Person In The World.