Monday, September 25, 2006

Minced Garlic: Brand New Keith Olbermann Special Comment - End Of The Free Pass

Once again, the Prince of Cable News, the Pundit-With-A-Punch, came out swinging tonight.

MSNBC’s hero host Keith Olbermann delivered his strongest, most damning Special Comments this evening, in defending former President Bill Clinton, against the growing attack and pile-on by the Fox News and all those others who aren’t “Nazi appeasers”, but more so, calling - perhaps more than anyone in the media to-date has - our President out on his lies and deceptions.

Now on paper, in print, the question host Chris Wallace posed to Mr. Clinton, in an interview taped last Friday and broadcast this past Sunday on Fox News, looks straightforward and one that any journalist would ask.

But what it doesn’t capture is the smug, accusatory tone Wallace asked “Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business?", and followed with a longer set-up to drive home the point he was apparently trying to establish, being that September 11th was Mr. Clinton’s fault.

The former President responded, defending himself and his administration, and doing so strongly and forcefully.

For that, Mr. Clinton was described as “crazed” and the he “freaked out”.

To which Mr. Olbermann offers;

Our tone should be crazed. The nation’s freedoms are under assault by an administration whose policies can do us as much damage as al Qaida; the nation’s marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would’ve quit.

Olbermann then lays out the case against Bush and his “gang that couldn’t lie straight” Administration, and the escorted, free pass the Congress and media of this country has given our great Decider.

Moreover, for the last five years one month and two weeks, the current administration, and in particular the President, has been given the greatest “pass” for incompetence and malfeasance in American history!

Olbermann then added that Bush was “our worst presidency since James Buchanan” before heralding former President Clinton with “He told the great truth untold about this administration’s negligence, perhaps criminal negligence, about bin Laden.

And, with the Midterm Elections roughly six-weeks away, Olbermann isn’t fooled (nor does he want any of us to be) by the “smearing by proxy” and, what must be absolutely coincidental, the reshaping and rewriting of our history with dealing with Osama bin Laden and Sept. 11th, placing the blame at the feet of Clinton and his administration.

A week or so ago, we had the Disney/ABC, two-night extravaganza of "The Path to 9/11.", to which Olbermann offered “Disney was first to sell-out its corporate reputation, with "The Path to 9/11." Of that company’s crimes against truth one needs to say little. Simply put: someone there enabled an Authoritarian zealot to belch out Mr. Bush’s new and improved history.”

Now followed by the Wallace/Fox News slap, and, apparently today, or very recently (with Olbermann holding up a folder or book), an increase in RNC Talking Points pointing at Clinton.

But funny thing, as detailed in an earlier story of the same broadcast, the news of the National Intelligence Estimate report that cites it was and is the Bush-led invasion and occupation of Iraq that is fueling terrorism, not what was sold to this country (and the world) that we had to go into Iraq to get the terrorists.

With Bush and his Administration still tying in Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda (and they do it so deftly, as earlier in the day, on Hardball with Chris Matthews, in an interview with Fran Townsend, DHS Consultant, Townsend, when pressed by Matthews, concurred, as President Bush admitted a few weeks ago that Iraq had nothing to do with Sept. 11th, she followed that with the “everyone agrees that Saddam was a threat” thereby preserving the lie), Olbermann pulls the curtain back, exposing Bush and his Administration for what they are - liars and the purveyors of a style of government most un-American.

We have,” Olbermann lamented to President Bush, near the end of his Special Comment, “nothing but your word, and your word has long since ceased to mean anything.”

Perhaps Mr. Olbermann, or better yet, our Congress, will stand up and get the answers, and hold those accountable for their actions.

It never was “bad intelligence" and it always has been, and, frighteningly, continues to be “bad ideology”.


Read Mr. Olbermann’s Special Comment, “A textbook definition of cowardice” and watch the video of it

Crooks and Liars has a transcript of Clinton-Wallace Interview

ThinkProgress has a video of Clinton-Wallace Interview

Previous Special Comment Posts

Minced Garlic ... Keith Olbermann Special Comment - Feeling morally, intellectually confused?

Minced Garlic Redux! ... New Keith Olbermann Special Comment, - 'Have you no sense of decency, sir?'

Minced Garlic Trois - Special September 11th Special Comment By Keith Olbermann: “This Hole In The Ground”

Minced Garlic - New Keith Olbermann Special Comment - Bush Owes Us An Apology

1 comment:

Ron Schalow said...

President Clinton spoke the truth about Bush's inaction regarding bin Laden before 9/11, just as Keith Olbermann said, but Bill wasn't the first to point out those facts.
I wrote a book about Bush's 9/11 failure, when he loitered around like a slacker on Oxy—then ran away like Cheney from a draft notice.
And all of the warnings before the four attacks and the zero response from the Decider are documented—Bush did nothing.

Ron Schalow
Author of "Bull$#*! Artist - The 9/11 Leadership Myth"