Olbermann named O'Reilly "Worst Person" for saying imams kicked off plane "wouldn't get handcuffed in Crate & Barrel if they started chanting and stuff"

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On the November 28 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Bill O'Reilly "the winner" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for his "war on Christmas crap" and, as Media Matters for America documented, "trash[ing] the retailers Crate & Barrel because the spokeswoman was quoted in a newspaper as saying, 'We would definitely not say Merry Christmas.' " Olbermann also pointed out O'Reilly's comment that "the imams who were yanked off the U.S. Air flight last week, quote, 'wouldn't get handcuffed in Crate & Barrel if they started chanting and stuff.' " Olbermann then observed, as Media Matters also noted, that "[t]he spokeswoman was asked if employees there were required to say 'Merry Christmas' to customers," to which "[s]he said no, they weren't required" but "[t]hey could if they wanted to."

O'Reilly is a frequent honoree during Olbermann's "Worst Person" segment, and he received "the silver" on November 27 for claiming: "I coined the term 'San Francisco values' and well understand that it has little to do with democracy."

From the November 28 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: But the winner, Bill-O. And this is a classic. He has brought up that "war on Christmas" crap again and trashed the retailers Crate & Barrel because a spokeswoman was quoted in a newspaper as saying, "We would definitely not say [']Merry Christmas.[']" Reaching perhaps his paranoid peak, O'Reilly has said that the imams who were yanked off the U.S. Air flight last week, quote, "wouldn't get handcuffed in Crate & Barrel if they started chanting and stuff."

Only one problem: The spokeswoman was asked if employees there were required to say "Merry Christmas" to customers. She said no, they weren't required. They could if they wanted to. Crate & Barrel didn't think it was any of their business to tell their employees what they could or couldn't say. And, oh, by the way, Crate & Barrel has its own special Christmas section listed on its website under the decidedly secular-progressive name "Christmas Ideas." Bill-O, you do realize your elevator doesn't go to the top floor anymore, right? Bill Orally and his annual war on sanity, today's "Worst Person in the World."

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