Keith Olbermann bitchslaps Rumsfeld.

We need more of this kind of commentary…

A sample from the official transcript:

The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.

Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.

Mr. Rumsfeld’s remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American.

For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence—indeed, the loyalty—of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land. Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants—our employees—with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration’s track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.

Dissent and disagreement with government is the life’s blood of human freedom; and not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as “his” troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.

It is also essential.  Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.

If that doesn’t make you feel good, nothing will.

5 thoughts on “Keith Olbermann bitchslaps Rumsfeld.

  1. That was awesome!  Man, Olbermann sounded a lot like Murrow, which I think is a good thing.  People need to stop putting blind faith into their government.

    Thanks for finding and posting!

  2. Can somebody give me some context as to the impact of this speech?

    I mean, is that Keith Olbermann popular? Was his commentary seen by many at all?

    Maybe I have too much of a a “All the US watches is Fox” picture in my head. But I have read too much intelligent and passionate commentary about Bush over the years without seeing any results on him or his politics, so I may be a bit scpetical.

  3. Ingolfson, it’s hard to say what the impact of Olbermann’s speech might be. He’s one of the talking heads on cable news networks over here with a show not entirely unlike Bill “Douchebag” O’Reilly’s, except that Olbermann tends to be one of the few liberal voices.

    I doubt his speech is going to start any big changes of opinion among the Bush faithful, but when the airwaves are dominated by the likes of O’Reilly and Limbaugh it’s still refreshing to have someone on your side get some air time.

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