Accuracy in Media

Aggravated taxpayers rallied across America on April 15 to protest the federal government’s runaway spending and inevitable tax increases. MSNBC gasbag Keith Olbermann was not among them. Instead, he bashed one of good guys opposed to the bailout bonanza.

Olbermann dubbed Erik Telford of Americans for Prosperity, one of the brains behind the Web site Stop Spending Our Future, as the “second-worst person in the world” for that day.


Telford returned the favor this week. He wrote a column about Olbermann for Human Events, launched the Web site Worst Bailout In The World and invited people to sign a petition demanding that Olbermann return his hefty, bailout-backed pay raise. Here’s how it reads:

While General Electric, the parent-company of your MSNBC network, was negotiating a $126 billion taxpayer-funded bailout, you signed a new contract raising your salary from $4 million to $7.5 million annually. You have used your show as a platform to call for the resignation of corporate executives accepting excessive bonuses on the backs of taxpayers who are picking up the tab for these atrocious bailouts, yet you yourself have no problem engaging in the same “class economic rape” that you accuse them of.

Please heed your own advice and stop accepting taxpayer money to subsidize your nightly diatribes. Resign or return the balance of your excessive raise to the U.S. Treasury.

Nearly 2,000 people have signed the petition so far.

The best part of the Web site is the “Saturday Night Live” satire of Olbermann from last year, starring actor Ben Affleck. Don’t be surprised if Olbermann promotes Telford to “Worst Person In The World” soon — and if Telford embraces that notoriety as another badge of honor.

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