Fox News' Hill is worst person "runner up'' for saying that "something about what [Clinton] said ... drove [Eisenberg] over the edge"

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During the December 4 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News host E.D. Hill the "runner up" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for, as Media Matters for America documented, saying of Leeland Eisenberg -- the man accused of taking hostages at the Rochester, New Hampshire, presidential campaign office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) -- that "something about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like." Olbermann stated: "Our runner up, E.D. Hill of 'Fixed News,' rounding out a weekend of absolutely psychotic Fox coverage, politicizing the hostage situation at the Hillary Clinton local headquarters in New Hampshire last Friday. The hostage-taker, Leeland Eisenberg, an emotionally disturbed man who had concluded he needed hospitalization and was not getting it, apparently saw a Clinton campaign ad in which another New Hampshire [sic] resident [Joe Ward] said Senator Clinton had helped him to get health insurance. He reportedly told a relative that he was, quote, 'going to do something to get into the hospital.' " Olbermann concluded: "So, E.D. Hill says, quote, '[S]omething about what Senator Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like.' Just sort of kind of what it appears to sound like? She didn't drive him over the edge, Miss Hill; she drove you over the edge."

As Media Matters noted, during the December 3 edition of Fox News Live, Hill asserted that, according to "the Sunday Citizen newspaper," Eisenberg's estranged wife, Lisa, "claim[ed] ... her husband had been binge drinking for three weeks and desperately wanted help with his problem." She added, "He claimed that he couldn't afford health care. And something about what Sen. Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like." In fact, in a December 2 article, The Citizen of Laconia reported that Lisa Eisenberg "said her husband had been binge drinking for more than three weeks and 'ran out of options,' " and that Eisenberg "watched a televised campaign ad for ... Clinton," in which "a man identified as Joe Ward tells viewers Clinton helped him get health insurance so his son could have a life-saving bone marrow transplant, Lisa Eisenberg said." However, in the ad, Clinton only says: "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I approve this message."

From the December 4 edition of MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann:

OLBERMANN: Our runner up, E.D. Hill of "Fixed News," rounding out a weekend of absolutely psychotic Fox coverage, politicizing the hostage situation at the Hillary Clinton local headquarters in New Hampshire last Friday. The hostage-taker, Leeland Eisenberg, an emotionally disturbed man who had concluded he needed hospitalization and was not getting it, apparently saw a Clinton campaign ad in which another New Hampshire resident [sic] said Senator Clinton had helped him to get health insurance. He reportedly told a relative that he was, quote, "going to do something to get into the hospital."

So, E.D. Hill says, quote, "[S]omething about what Senator Clinton said just sort of drove him over the edge. That's kind of what it appears to sound like." Just sort of kind of what it appears to sound like? She didn't drive him over the edge, Miss Hill; she drove you over the edge.

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