The worst person in the world

The Daily Howler is very, very excited: "We’ll admit—we never thought we’d see it. For years, we’ve marveled as major mainstream and liberal journalists refuse..."

He's speaking of course to the relatively civilized and even respectful tone used when discussing or responding to maniacs like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. It does a disservice to the public to treat these people and their idiocy as acceptable in any way. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann recently, as Bob Somerby puts it, "gets it (massively) right" when he called Rush Limbaugh, and I quote: "The Worst Person in the World."

He writes:

"weak-minded liberals have twiddled their thumbs, too dumb and too frightened to speak up in public. No, liberals don’t have to embellish facts (or doctor quotes) to make a case against this laughable gang—and Olbermann finally begins to do what should have been done long ago. Who knows? Maybe we’ll finally se E.J. Dionne (and Mark Shields; and Al Hunt; and Richard Cohen; and the Washington Post editorial page) do what should have been done long ago—tell the public, in direct, simple terms, that a decades-long joke has been made of their discourse, and that they must tell the jokers to stop."
(The Daily Howler)

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