Keith Olbermann's recurring Worst Persons in the World segment has always been a monument to his pettier instincts. (The same can be said for his arch-nemesis's Pinheads & Patriots bit.) Most recently, Olberman used the skit to castigate 20-year-old Bristol Palin, labeling her the world's worst person for promoting abstinence before marriage:
She's the Candies spokesperson for abstinence? She and her son? Because it's got to work this time? This is like saying George Bush kept us safe except for that 9/11 thing which didn't count! Bristol Palin, abstinence role model—this time. Today's Worst Person in the World.
It was perhaps only a matter of time that Olbermann's schoolyard taunts would devolve into a Facebook spat. Yesterday, that's what happened with a response from Bristol Palin titled "Mr Olbermann—Sorry We Can't All Be As Perfect As You":
Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy.
I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the "worst person in the world" to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be.
Here's the original Olbermann clip: