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  Olbermann Blasts Rumsfeld as a 'Quack' Pushing 'Fascism'
Keith Olbermann: 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 law.
"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 moment unpopular."
And so good night, and good luck.
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, August 30, 2006
 



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  CNN Airs Anchor's Girltalk Over Bush Speech
Kyra Phillips: "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 likes him."
Phillips: "Mom's got a good vibe? Good."
Unknown woman: "Yeah, my brother's the one that [unintelligible]."
Phillips: "Brother, of course, brothers have to be, you know, protective. Except for mine. I've got to be protective of him."
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
 



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  Hitchens Gives Finger to Maher's Audience for 'Frivolous' Jeering
Christopher 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 continues]."
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."

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  Gumbel Takes Gratuitous Shot at Dick Cheney's 'Demeanor'
“Oh and Roger: Although your league is wildly successful, making it fit Dick Cheney's demeanor can't serve you well in the long run. Yeah, football's a business, but it's also a game. Legislating individuality out of the NFL may have been Paul's thing, but it needn't be yours. Have some fun, let others do the same. I really do wish you all the best.”
-- Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO's Real Sports, August 15, 2006.
 



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  NBC's Brian Williams Equates Elite U.S. Military With Terrorist Bombers
Chris Matthews: "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 attacks?"
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.
 



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  Sentimental promo for CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
Couric: "I believe people really want perspective and I think there's a way to do that by explaining not just what's happened, but what it means to you. I'd like to see more of that and I think viewers would too."
Announcer: "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric begins September 5th."

- CBS Evening News Promo, CBS, Aug 7, 2006
 


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  Tim Graham on 'Hannity and Colmes'
 
 



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  MSNBC’s Olbermann Tags Limbaugh “Worst Person in the World!” … Again
Keith Olbermann: "Our winner tonight: Comedian Rush Limbaugh. Suggesting that civilian deaths in Lebanon are necessary to stop terror. [mockingly impersonating a braggadocios voice:] 'Until those civilians start paying the price for propping up these kind of regimes, it's not going to end folks.' That would be a little less alarming if it didn't echo something another commentator said nine years ago. 'The American people, they are not exonerated from responsibility because they chose this government and voted for it, despite their knowledge of its crimes.' That was said by Osama bin Laden. Rush Limbaugh, following the logic and ethics of Osama bin Laden, today's Worst Person in the World!"
- Host Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, Aug 1, 2006

See & Hear the Bias Archive
2007 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep      
2006 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2005 - - Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
For additional video clips of media bias going back to 1999, check out our annual DisHonors Awards and our archive of the Best Notable Quotables: Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting.

 


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