Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush by Keith Olbermann

By Keith Olbermann

Brief, sharp, and normally surprising, Keith Olbermann’s “Special reviews” have made his nightly MSNBC application, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, must-see viewing–and the fastest-growing information express on cable television. In those segments, Olbermann calls out the perpetrators of mismanagement, brutality, cronyism, and the appalling loss of responsibility on the optimum degrees of the Bush management. In so doing, Olbermann is going the place many of the mainstream media worry to tread–and his swiftly increasing viewers eagerly follows.

In Truth and Consequences, Olbermann collects the easiest of his specified reviews, awarded right here with extra observations and different new fabric. no matter if taking to activity the likes of vice chairman Dick Cheney and (the fortunately former) Secretary of security Donald Rumsfeld, who evaluate critics of the Iraq warfare to Nazi appeasers, or giving his impassioned point of view on why torture is un-American and what it particularly ability to help our troops, or grilling timid lawmakers who fail to rein in presidential overreach and abuses of govt strength, Olbermann’s devastatingly blunt (and now and then wickedly humorous) remark cuts to the middle of the duplicity and cynicism of a central authority that has misplaced the power to differentiate among top our nice state and ruling it.

Naturally, Keith Olbermann’s candor and razor-sharp polemic have earned him many detractors and enemies. His antagonists within the media, reminiscent of invoice O’Reilly, have mocked him and accused him of rank intolerance. sure, Keith Olbermann is intolerant–of hypocrisy, demagoguery, fear-mongering, and particularly the equation of dissent with treason. In Truth and Consequences, he fights to reclaim for himself and all americans the distinction of talking one’s brain and performing on one’s judgment of right and wrong.

Praise for Keith Olbermann
“A truth-telling, Bush-bashing unintended liberal hero.”
–New York

“The so much sincere guy in information . . . Olbermann in actual fact relishes his feuds and doesn’t appear to fear a lot approximately sparking new ones.”
–Rolling Stone

“Part Jon Stewart (the funny), Dennis Miller (the erudite and biting sub-references), [and] H. L. Mencken (the skewering of strength and stupidity in equivalent doses) in addition to crusading journalist . . . Olbermann has emerged as a type of strength of nature.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“Intelligent, well-read, forceful and incisive.”
–Rocky Mountain News

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For there needs to be some other explanation, Mr. Bush, than that you truly believe we should live in a United States of America in which a thought is unacceptable. There needs to be a delegation of responsible leaders—Republicans or otherwise—who can sit you down, as Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott once sat Richard Nixon down, and explain the reality of the situation you have created. There needs to be an apology from the president of the United States. And more than one. But, Mr. Bush, the others—for warnings unheeded five years ago, for war unjustified four years ago, for battle unprepared three years ago—they are not weighted with the urgency and necessity of this one.

When the president got back thirty minutes later, he was not laughing. He was gesturing strongly to an aide, in shared anger. He asked my producers if we were ready to go, returned to give his staffer a few more instructions, then sat down and fixed his gaze on the floor in front of me. I got the signal from my producer and told him it was time. He sighed, lifted his gaze to mine, and smiled. And I knew I had witnessed not just the “compartmentalization” for which our forty-second president is famous, but also a kind of inner triumph over anger and dispute.

The former secretary of state, Mr. ” This president’s response included not merely what is apparently the presidential equivalent of threatening to hold one’s breath, but within, it contained one particularly chilling phrase. “Mr. President, former secretary of state Colin Powell says the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism,” he was asked by a reporter. ” “If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it’s flawed logic,” Bush said.

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