The 5 worst media gaffes in October

It’s the only place you’ll see Hillary Clinton and Hank Williams Jr. on the same list.

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Where else could all of those people be spotted in the same place? Right here, on the month-end disasters list.

Here are the five worst video media disasters of October 2011:

5. Hillary Clinton spikes the football.

I know a lot of readers will disagree with me for this choice, but I found U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s on-camera reaction to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s death distasteful. Was Gaddafi a bad man? You bet. Am I sad that he’s dead? Not particularly. But I do believe that it diminishes us to, in the words of President Obama, “spike the football” by celebrating the death. Let’s do what we have to do, do it professionally, and let the actions speak for themselves.

4. Rick Perry yuks it up by joining the birthers.

Nothing spells funny more than questioning the legitimacy of a duly-elected American president by dredging up discredited rumors about his citizenship status. Texas Gov. Rick Perry quickly walked back his comments, but his comments that it’s “fun” to tweak the president about his nation of birth aren’t helping to resuscitate his under-performing campaign.

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