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Fox host: Olbermann crossed line when he picked on my kid
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday May 20, 2008

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Steve Doocy of Fox News is really "steamed" at MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, and he wants the world to know that Olbermann went "over the line" when he picked Doocy's 20 year old son Peter as his "Worst Person in the World."

On May 5, Steve Doocy invited Peter onto Fox & Friends to provide "a youth view of the Democratic presidential campaign." As reported by RAW STORY, Peter Doocy's segment consisted primarily of asking his fellow students negative leading questions about Barack Obama and Reverend Wright.

That night, Keith Olbermann named Peter Doocy as one of his Worst Persons in the World. "Wow!" commented Olbermann. "Wonder which emotion impacts dad more at this moment, pride that at 20 years old, the boy is already a completely replaceable cog in the vast Rupert Murdoch media manipulation machine, or buyer‘s remorse when he gets the bill from college and realizes the kid‘s mind has already been nailed shut?"

Steve Doocy has now struck back against Olbermann for criticizing his son, finding his opportunity in the course of a segment about the White House sending NBC News a letter blasting them for broadcasting an edited version of a recent interview with George Bush. According to White House counselor Ed Gillespie, the cut-down version made Bush appear to be agreeing with the interviewer that he believes merely talking to Iran constitutes appeasement, a claim which NBC denies.

Gillespie ended his letter by warning, "I'm sure you don't want people to conclude that there is really no distinction between the 'news' as reported on NBC and the 'opinion' as reported on MSNBC, despite the increasing blurring of those lines. I welcome your response to this letter, and hope it is one that reassures your broadcast network's viewers that blatantly partisan talk show hosts like Christopher Matthews and Keith Olbermann at MSNBC don't hold editorial sway over the NBC network news division."

"NBC, with MSNBC, has made a business decision to lean left -- way left," began Doocy, but after a few gratuitous slams at Air America, he quickly went on to say, "I have a problem with Keith Olbermann."

"A couple of weeks ago, on this program, my son Peter, we asked him to get the opinions of some of the kids at Villanova," Doocy explained plaintively. "Keith Olbermann made my son ... the World's Worst Person. How can you make a kid the World's Worst Person. ... He's just a kid in college, and he is asleep right now as I talk about him. ... He has no forum. Where does he go to get his reputation back?"

"Next time you see Keith Olbermann on TV, just remember, that is a guy who picks on people's children," Doocy concluded, becoming visibly angrier as he spoke. "I am steamed," he acknowledged. "How can you pick on a kid? ... That is over the line, buddy."

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast May 20, 2008.


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Transcript of Keith Olbermann's May 5th worst person comment follows:

"The bronze to Peter Ducey, 201-year-old son of the often hilariously uninformed Steve Ducey of Fixed Noise. Appearing on his dad‘s show for a youth view of the Democratic presidential campaign, asking questions of students at Villanova University, questions like, Senator Obama‘s, quote, slogan is change we can believe in. This is a guy who could not change churches when his preacher was saying, the United States deserved 9/11 and the U.S. created AIDS. So what makes you think that he‘s going to bring about this kind of change?"

"Wow! Wonder which emotion impacts dad more at this moment, pride that at 20 years old, the boy is already a completely replaceable cog in the vast Rupert Murdoch media manipulation machine, or buyer‘s remorse when he gets the bill from college and realizes the kid‘s mind has already been nailed shut?"

Transcript (via closed captions) of Fox & Friends May 20th attack on Keith Olbermann follows:

gretchen: i have to wonder if the white house has ever sent a letter like this. they sent a scathing letter to nbc news taking them to task about how they misrepresented the comments that president bush said when he spoke in israel. steve: the interview with richard engel that ran on "the today show," ed gillespie said it was intended to give the impression that the president agreed with richard engel's remark when explicitly he challenged it.

brian: essentially the president was talking about terror and saying you can't be doing that and did he agree that that was directed at barack obama, and here's what he said. however, they just put it on their web site, msnbc web site, they didn't put it back on nbc news, and he did go on to express a fear that nbc news is going to merge with the same philosophy of msnbc and keith olbermann and become a left wing organization on the network and on cable.

gretchen: i found it so interesting that the voice of the president through this letter would also say that i noticed that around september of 2007 your network quietly stopped referring to conditions in iraq as a civil war. remember, nbc decided on its own that iraq was in a civil war, and they said from this point forward we're going to say civil war. now, ed gillespie says we noticed at the white house that we stopped referring to it as a civil war. are you going to tell the american public it is no longer a civil war?

steve: we've talked a little bit about this. nbc along with msnbc has made a business decision to lean left. way left. david gregory has a program on in the evenings. i've never seen it. but it's also simulcast on air america. brian: and that's that left wing network that failed miserably.

steve: and tonight if you watch their campaign coverage, i believe it's going to be keith olbermann and chris matthews, the guy who feels the thrill up his leg regarding barack obama, but keith olbermann is the face of nbc news at msnbc. i have a problem with keith olbermann, and here it is. a couple of weeks ago on this program my son, peter -- we asked him to get the opinions of some of the kids al villanova before a big primary, how the kids felt. at the conclusion of it keith olbermann made my son because of questions he asked, not because of anything he said, keith olbermann made my son the world's worst person. how can you make a kid the world's worst person? peter doesn't have a forum. he's just a kid in college, and he is asleep right now as i talk about him. but here's the thing. where does a kid like him go? he has no forum. where does he go to get his reputation back. next time you see keith olbermann on tv, just remember that's a guy who picks on people's children. he completely sandbagged my son, took his comment out of context, and mangled them around the way he does every night, and i am mad at keith olbermann.

gretchen: he's steamed, and i'm on doocy's side today.

steve: how can you pick on a kid?

gretchen: we're all grown adults.

steve: we've all been made the world's worst person. you don't pick on a kid, keith olbermann. that is over the line. buddy.

brian: let's go to a guy that has a lot of kids throughout on the line, mitt romney. governor romney, welcome back to "fox & friends."

steve: don't get on my bad side, governor. i'm really ticked off today.

 
 


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