Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Olbermann Says to Bush: "Have You no Sense of Decency, Sir?"

Who's doing better work in television news right now than MSNBC's Keith Olbermann? Nobody, that's who. After letting Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have it last week for Rummy's McCarthyite comments during a speech to military Veterans in Salt Lake City, Olbermann let loose on George W. Bush last night for much the same reason, saying to Bush "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

Here's Olbermann on Bush's attempt on Tuesday to make people afraid of the media:

The President and the Vice President and others have often attacked freedom of speech, and freedom of dissent, and freedom of the press.

Now, Mr. Bush has signaled that his unparalleled and unprincipled attack on reporting has a new and venomous side angle:

The attempt to link, by the simple expediency of one word — "media" — the honest, patriotic, and indeed vital questions and questioning from American reporters, with the evil of Al-Qaeda propaganda.

That linkage is more than just indefensible. It is un-American.

Mr. Bush and his colleagues have led us before to such waters.
We will not drink again.
Here's the YouTube version:

And you can go to Olbermann's blog if you would like to read the whole thing.
In an age of corporate broadcast media and "stenographer" newspaper reporters, I am so glad we have Keith Olbermann.