by David Safier
FLASH!!!!! This just in. Sylvia Allen is one of Keith Olbermann's Worst People in the World on tonight's show!
Following the Arizona Guardian's lead, I posted a clip of Sen. Sylvia Allen saying, not once but twice, that "This earth's been here 6,000 years." The clip has gone viral. Today it made it to Daily Kos. The text before the clip reads, "Holy cripes, Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen is a complete loon!"
But that's just the tip of the iceberg, according to the Guardian,
The Arizona Guardian video posted last week of Allen declaring the Earth 6,000 years old begat a YouTube video which begat a Discover Magazine blog which begat more than 1,400 Digg referrals. It also begat a Comedy Central posting titled "Did Adam and Eve care about the environment 6,000 years ago? I think not."
By this morning, the clip had gotten more than 64,000 hits on YouTube. Worse for Allen, whose reputation is being sullied internationally, Ian O'Neill at Astrogenie posted the clip on a blog called Bad Astronomy. That turns out to be part of Discover Magazine's very popular site for really smart (and smart alecky) science geeks who have spent at least two days ripping Allen for her decidedly un-scientific lack of knowledge about our planet's origins.
And so on. Makes you proud to be an Arizonan, don't it? In case you missed it the first time or want to enjoy it again:
UPDATE: Here's Countdown's take.