Friday, October 06, 2006

Minced Garlic: Another Stellar Keith Olbermann Special Comment - “A special comment about lying”

“In less than one month you have gone from a flawed call to unity to this clarion call to hatred of Americans, by Americans.

If this is not simply the most shameless example of the rhetoric of political hackery, then it would have to be the cry of a leader crumbling under the weight of his own lies.”

Geez, you would think, by now, that some of the other major media anchors would catch a clue, get a glove and jump in the game.

It’s almost become sublime, that even before the National Intelligence Estimate report was leaked, or before Bob Woodward’s ‘State of Denial” hit the bookstands, like everybody knew. Watching his speeches, seeing the sound bites, reading the newspapers ... it has been getting embarrassing. You just knew the President is lying.

Certainly they can’t that blind, can they?

Yet, even if the did, it’s doubtful they could measure up to MSNBC’s Countdown hero host, Keith Olbermann, who knocks another Special Comment out of the park, directly calling out President Bush. And on a day where our fearless Decider engages in yet another Signing Statement.

Tonight’s screed was “A special comment about lying; Keith Olbermann on the difference between terrorists and critics” and Our Man Keith took no prisoners (something, at minimum the President and his Neocronies could relate to). And he weighed into it, almost from the get-go.

“Yesterday at a fundraiser for an Arizona congressman, Mr. Bush claimed, quote, “177 of the opposition party said, ‘You know, we don’t think we ought to be listening to the conversations of terrorists.’”

The hell they did.

One hundred seventy-seven Democrats opposed the president’s seizure of another part of the Constitution.

Not even the White House press office could actually name a single Democrat who had ever said the government shouldn’t be listening to the conversations of terrorists.

President Bush hears what he wants.”

This has been the S.O.P for Bush and his administration. Lie, lie often, lie loudly and keep saying it, over-and-over and, with the new twist Bush & Co. have added lately, admit the lie, acknowledge it, then, turn around, perhaps with a touch or rephrasing, and start repeating the lie all over again.

It’s nearly a parody of the late, great, comic/satirist Lenny Bruce, who advocated “Deny it ... They catch you in the act, deny it”

More from Olbermann

It defies belief that this president and his administration could continue to find new unexplored political gutters into which they could wallow. They are, instead, solemn and even terrible quest

ions, about your fitness to fulfill the responsibilities of your office. You have dishonored your party, sir; you have dishonored your supporters; you have dishonored yourself.

But tonight the stark qu
estion we must face is — why?

And, after offering a killer quote, from General Tommy Franks, from Cigar Aficionado Magazine, of all places, shortly after he retired his post as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command in Iraq (“that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass-casualty-producing event. Which, in fact, then begins to potentially unravel the fabric of our Constitution.”), Olbermann throws it down;

“Mr. President, these new lies go to the heart of what it is that you truly wish to preserve. It is not our freedom, nor our country—your actions against the Constitution give irrefutable proof of that. You want to preserve a political party’s power. And obviously you’ll sell this country out, to do it.”

As The Garlic has said previously, it never was “bad intelligence” and it always has been, and, frighteningly, continues to be “bad ideology”.


Read "A special comment about lying; Keith Olbermann on the difference between terrorists and critics"

Crooks and Liars has the video

MSNBC’s Countdown, with Keith Olbermann

Previous Special Comment Posts

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

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

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