Keith Olbermann, the mad-cap on-air commentator for MSNBC, regularly names someone “the worst person in the world!” Usually this person is some righty who has ticked him off on some particular day. The latest WPITW is Bristol Palin.
How did Bristol Palin, a young, unwed mother who recently placed third in “Dancing with the Stars,” earn this great honor?
Apparently, having learned her lesson from sleeping with the dumb jock Levi Johnson and becoming pregnant, Palin has become a spokesperson for abstinence and safe sex. Olbermann even snarkily gets in a dig at George W. Bush, sneering that he kept us safe, except for the 9/11 thing, which doesn’t count.
That last, by the way, is the same as saying that FDR was a great war leader, except for Pearl Harbor, the fall of Guam, the fall of Wake Island, Bataan, and Kasserine Pass, none of which count.
Without passing judgment over whether or not there is a middle ground between abstinence and wild, unprotected sex, Olbermann obviously does not know that history is replete with examples of people who have sinned, repented, and then been redeemed and have used that example as a teaching device to help others.
The best example of this comes to mind is that of John Newton, an 18th century slave ship captain who eventually realized the utter depravity of capturing human beings from their homes and transporting them into a lifetimes of bondage across the ocean. Newton became a clergyman and a campaigner for the anti-slavery cause. He was an inspiration for the British parliamentarian William Wilberforce, who eventually helped to pass a law in Great Britain banning the slave trade.
Newton, by the way, composed one of the greatest hymns in history, “Amazing Grace,” which helped to inspire the Second Great Awakening.
No doubt if Keith Olbermann had been alive in the 1700s he would have named John Newton “the worse person in the world” for being a “hypocrite” by preaching against slavery after having practiced the slave trade himself. Newton, a humble man in his later years, might even have agreed.
Of course becoming pregnant with child without first having married is hardly number one or even number a thousand in the hierarchy of sins. And maybe a strict adherence to birth control and finding a better class of lover than Levi Johnson are both sensible alternatives to complete abstinence. But for Bristol Palin to be a hypocrite in this matter, she would have had to still engage in sex before marriage while preaching abstinence to others. Having once done it, but now having repented does not count even as unseemliness.
Palin’s real sin, of course, is that she had a mother whom Keith Olbermann clearly detests. But that is not Bristol’s problem. That is Keith Olbermann’s problem, and he really needs to start addressing it before he embarrasses himself further.
Source: Bristol Palin – Worst Person in the World!, Right Scoop, Hot Air, November 30th, 2010