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||Olbermann Blasts Rumsfeld
as a 'Quack' Pushing 'Fascism'
Had he or his President perhaps proven any of their prior
claims of omniscience -- about Osama Bin Laden's plans five
years ago, about Saddam Hussein's weapons four years ago,
about Hurricane Katrina's impact one year ago -- we all might
be able to swallow hard, and accept their "omniscience" as a
bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.
But, to date, this government has proved little besides its
own arrogance, and its own hubris.
Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or
intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From
Iraq to Katrina, to the entire "Fog of Fear" which continues
to envelop this nation, he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their
cronies have -- inadvertently or intentionally -- profited and
benefited, both personally, and politically.
And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality
and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the
receipt for the Emperor's New Clothes?
In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose
heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom
did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he
confused the United States of America?
The confusion we -- as its citizensâ€" must now address, is
stark and forbidding.
But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like
Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies
and obscured our flag. Note -- with hope in your heart -- that
those earlier Americans always found their way to the light,
and we can, too.
The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and
this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they
claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms,
the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld
addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.
And about Mr. Rumsfeld's other main assertion, that this
country faces a "new type of fascism."
As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew
everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right
when he said that -- though probably not in the way he thought
he meant it.
This country faces a new type of fascism -- indeed.
Although I presumptuously use his sign-off each night, in
feeble tribute, I have utterly no claim to the words of the
exemplary journalist Edward R. Murrow.
But never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I
come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier
generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought
they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who
disagreed: "confused" or "immoral."
Thus, forgive me, for reading Murrow, in full:
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," he said, in
1954. "We must remember always that accusation is not proof,
and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of
"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be
driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our
history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not
descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write,
to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the
And so good night, and good luck.
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, August 30, 2006
Airs Anchor's Girltalk Over Bush Speech
"Assholes. Yeah, I'm very lucky in that regard with my
husband. My husband is handsome and he is genuinely a loving,
you know, no ego. [unintelligible] you know what I'm saying.
Just a really passionate, compassionate great, great human
being. And they exist. They do exist. They're hard to find.
Yup. But they are out there."
Unknown woman: "We'll see. He's going to come, you
know, he's set for an extended visit [unintelligible]."
Phillips: "I mean, that's, that's how you figure it all
out, those extended visits. [laughter]"
Unknown woman: "Yeah, but my mom, I think she really
Phillips: "Mom's got a good vibe? Good."
Unknown woman: "Yeah, my brother's the one that
Phillips: "Brother, of course, brothers have to be, you
know, protective. Except for mine. I've got to be protective
Unknown woman: [unintelligible]
Phillips: "Yeah. He's married, three kids, but his wife
is just a control freak."
Second unknown female voice: "Kyra."
Phillips: "Yeah, baby?"
Second unknown female: "Your mic is on. Turn it off.
It's been on the air."
-- Kyra Phillips, CNN, August 29, 2006
||Hitchens Gives Finger to
Maher's Audience for 'Frivolous' Jeering
Hitchens: "Who wants a Third Word War? The Iranian
President says that one member state of the United Nations
should be wiped physically from the map with all its people.
He says the United States is a Satanic power. Members of his
government, named members of his government have been caught
sponsoring deaths squads. He's lied, he's lied to the European
Union about his nuclear program-"
Bill Maher: "But you know that a lot-"
Hitchens: "He says the Messiah is about to come back.
Who's looking for a war here?"
Maher: "So does George Bush, by the way [audience
applause]. That's not facetious [audience applause
Hitchens: "That's not facetious. Your audience, which
will clap at apparently anything, is frivolous. [oohs and
groans from audience, Hitchens gives them the finger] Fuck
you, fuck you. [groans continue]"
Maher: "I was just saying what the President of Iran
and the President of America have in common is that they both
are a little too comfortable with the idea of the world coming
to an end."
Hitchens: "Cheer yourself up like that. The President
has said, quite a great contrast before the podium of the
Senate, I think applauded by most present, in his State of the
Union address, that we support the democratic movement of the
Iranian people to be free of theocracy -- not that we will
impose ourselves on them, but that if they fight for it we're
on their side. That seems to be the right position to take,
jeer all you like."
Audio and video clips contain uncensored vulgarities.)
Williams Equates Elite U.S. Military With Terrorist Bombers
"In our first edition of Hardball tonight we had a Senator
on, former Senator John Edwards on, who said that once these
people in the east, in the Islamic world, get to know us
personally, understand our character -- our good character as
he said -- they wouldn't hate us so much, they wouldn't want
to commit suicide to hurt us. But here we have maybe 25, 24
people who've lived in London and England and the free world
for all these years that become citizens, subjects of the
Crown, and yet, after having gotten to know us, they want to
kill themselves to hurt us. Isn't that an even deeper
conundrum here than the chemicals being used in these
Williams: "And that, Chris, that last aspect, the
willingness to take one's own life -- I always tell people,
you know, there are guys on our team like that, too. They're
called Army Rangers and Navy Seals and the Special Forces
folks and the first responders on 9/11 who went into those
buildings knowing, by the way, they weren't going to come out.
So we have players like that on our team.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Brian Williams on Hardball,
Aug 10, 2006.
Tim Graham on 'Hannity