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Last night on Countdown, Keith Olbermann offered a refreshing — if a week late — apology for the graphic aired on the show last week which referred to embattled Louisiana Senator David Vitter‘s wife as a “‘Ho.” TVNewser has the transcript:
We owe an apology for something that happened on this newscast on a night I was off last week and we offer it fully and unreservedly. It is to Mrs. Wendy Vitter, wife of the senator from Louisiana who has been caught up in the DC madam scandal. Last Tuesday this program aired a segment about her attire and her demeanor at their joint news conference. Not only was a series of unfortunate and inappropriate terms used, there was no justification for such a segment about what a woman, a victim of her husband’s inappropriate behavior was wearing in public. The story should not have aired, it should not have been couched in the terms used, it should not have happened, and it won`t happen again. So to Mrs. Vitter and to you, the viewer, I once again apologize.
There’s some furor building over a graphic [above] shown on Tuesday’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann — guest-hosted by Alison Stewart — which referred to embattled Louisiana Senator David Vitter‘s wife as a “ho” for her choice of leopard-print at her husband’s press conference acknowledging his involvement in the DC Madam scandal.
One random DailyKos diarist is outraged, calling it the “low point in Countdown history.”
Considering its “Nappy ‘Hos” history, MSNBC should’ve learned a lesson or two about off-handed, misogynistic remarks. Still, no one should be surprised — Olbermann and Countdown have done this kind of thing before. One example, as we reported way back in October, involved a pre-penitentiary Paris Hilton. At that time, it wasn’t the “A Slut and Battery” that drew our attention — it was what he said:
Yes, you heard Keith Olbermann correctly. In case you missed it, here it is again:
Paris Hilton claims she was punched in the face yesterday morning at a nightclub in Hollywood [pause] ‘Course she’s had worse things happen to her face …
And yes, that is what he meant.
ABC’s Brian Ross, after viewing the so-called D.C. Madam’s client list, quoted in May:
“[The Palfrey clients'] names won’t mean anything to our audience,” Ross said in an interview. “They just weren’t newsworthy enough.”
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case. The statement containing Vitter’s apology said his telephone number was included on phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates dating from before he ran for the Senate in 2004.
A sitting U.S. Senator is not newsworthy enough?
ABC’s response, via spokesman Jeffrey Schneider:
“I think we said at the time, and I can certainly say now that if a member of Congress or a United State Senator had come up on the list, and we were able to confirm that, we would have absolutely reported that. We had access to documents from 2002 to 2006, and we believe that we had access to possibly as much as 80% of those records. As you know, Ms. Palfrey had records going back more than 10 years, and we did not have all of the records, but we did very meticulous reporting on the records we did have. … There are obviously six other years of records that were just released, and the Senator’s number must have been on one of those years we didn’t have.”