Olbermann: Rumsfeld is a fascist
In a time when non-stop JonBenet Ramsey coverage passes as TV "journalism," we should all be thankful that there are still a few real journalists on TV.
Responding to Donald Rumsfeld's recent speech on America facing a new form of "fascism," Keith Olbermann delivered this critical commentary and proved that he is, indeed, one of the rare hero journalists.
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Transcript of Olbermann's commentary courtesy of Atrios below:
"The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.
Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.
Mr. RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysisÃ¢â‚¬â€and the sober contemplationÃ¢â‚¬â€of every American.
For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence -- indeed, the loyalty -- of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land. Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants -- our employees -- with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.
Dissent and disagreement with government is the lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blood of human freedom; and not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as Ã¢â‚¬Å“hisÃ¢â‚¬Â troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.
It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.
In a small irony, however, Mr. RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speechwriter was adroit in invoking the memory of the appeasement of the Nazis. For in their time, there was another government faced with true perilÃ¢â‚¬â€with a growing evilÃ¢â‚¬â€powerful and remorseless.
That government, like Mr. RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, had a monopoly on all the facts. It, too, had the Ã¢â‚¬Å“secret information.Ã¢â‚¬Â It alone had the true picture of the threat. It too dismissed and insulted its critics in terms like Mr. RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s -- questioning their intellect and their morality.