By Chris Ariens 

It should come as no surprise that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, during Countdown’s NBC debut tonight, selected Bill O’Reilly as one of the “World’s Worst.” Olbermann as much as predicted it in an interview with TVNewser last week. But the FNC host was merely the ‘worser.’ The ‘worst’ title went to Rush Limbaugh. (Click continued below to read the rush — no pun intended — transcript).

Perhaps more importantly, how did Olbermann do? How did he play in the plains, and as the Sunday Night Football lead-in? What is the feedback from NBC affiliates? And will NBC try this again?

Olbermann began the NBC version with a disclaimer of sorts: “Hey, before we start this Countdown thing, it’s a newscast. We number the stories and we count them down from number five to number one… also you may notice we’re not entirely serious. Tonight we’ll go from Iraq to Britney Spears. So, please, sit well back from your television. OK. Remember, I warned you.”

Mike McConnell, the Director of National Intelligence making the startling assertion that merely discussing the Bush administration’s wiretapping of Americans will kill Americans. The reporter asked, “so you’re saying that the reporting and the debate in Congress means that some Americans are going to die?” McConnell replied, “that’s what I mean, because we have made it so public. We used to do these things very differently. He then declassified five previously secret details about the wiretap program and told them to the reporter from the El Paso Times. I may be missing something here, but that sure sounds like you have just made it so public.

Our runner up. Good old Bill O’Reilly of fixed news. Citing a recent investigative report from all of places, He told his cable audience, “we know that journalists, most journalists give money to democrats.” No really, no. The report said that most journalists who do give money to political groups give that money to democrats but the report only found 127 American journalists who had given money to democrats out of about 100,000. That would be approximately 1/110th of 1%. As opposed to say, most.

But our winner in an upset, comedian Rush Limbaugh explaining that Americans who want to see their sons and daughters and friends and neighbors brought home from iraq alive are actually racists. “They want to get us out of Iraq but they can’t wait to get us into darfur,” the comedian explained. “What color is the skin of the people in Darfur, he asked? It’s black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them if they lose a significant percentage of this voting block they’re in trouble?” Wait, I haven’t got tonight best part. Rush, I hate to break this to you, but most of American investment in South Africa came while Ronald Reagan was president and while the first George Bush was president they let Mandela out of jail and also, you’re nuts! Comedian Rush Limbaugh, today’s worst person in the world.