Who are America's 50 most loathesome people?

Credit is due the Buffalo Beast not just for assembling the most hateful 50 Americans, but for giving them appropriate -- nay, perfect -- ranking. Tommy Hilfigger IS the 18th worst person in America. Not 33rd, not 16th: 18th. And for each loathesome American, they've come up with short pieces of evidence that prove how vile each one is, such as these two quotes from two of the three New York Times writers on the list:

Political reporter Elizabeth Bumiller (14th): "You can’t say George Bush is wrong here. There’s no way you can say that in the New York Times... You can’t just say the president is lying. You don’t just say that in the... You can’t say the president is lying -- that’s a judgment call... What is wrong with that? What is your problem with that? What? Why do you all object to that?"

Ex-reporter Judith Miller (8th) in 2004 on the U.S. Invasion of Iraq: "You know what, I was proved fucking right. That’s what happened. People who disagreed with me were saying, ‘There she goes again.’ But I was proved fucking right."

What loathesome, winged creatures.

And the Beast was kind enough to suggest punishments for each:

Martha Stewart (47th) -- "Forced to use own K-Mart products."

Ex-FEMA chief Michael Brown (35th) -- "What else? Dehydrated, starved, and slowly baked to death on a Ninth Ward rooftop while repeatedly buzzed by news helicopters. Body secretly recovered and incinerated by Blackwater operatives as part of a Cheney-initiated campaign to keep casualty figures artificially low."

Rita Cosby (31st)-- "Kicked in the nuts."

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