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Keith Olbermann Suspends "Worst Person in The World" Segment In Response to Jon Stewart's Call for Sanity (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 2nd 2010 4:24PM
In his long-running "Worst Person in the World" segment, Keith Olbermann declares a worse, worser and worst person of the day. However, he announced Monday on 'Countdown' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) that in response to Jon Stewart's call-out of the media during the Rally to Restore Sanity, he is suspending the segment for the foreseeable future.

"The anger in this news hour was not an original part of it," Olbermann explained. "It was a response to a threat to this democracy posed by Mr. Bush and now by his lineal descendants. But there is an institutionalization of it that may no longer be valid, and that is the worst persons in the world segments ... its satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger, so in the spirit of the thing .. . I'm unilaterally suspended it with an eye toward discontinuing it."

Olbermann seemed stung by what he believes to be a false equivalency that Jon Stewart drew at the rally between 'Countdown' and Fox News during Stewart's speech at the event.

It remains to be seen if Olbermann's move will actually end up leading to more sanity. However, as long as the word "worser" is off the air, this appears to be a victory for the English language.

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