Last night Keith Olbermann a presenter on the MSNBC network gave a passionate "special commentary" in response to Donald Rumsfeld's remarkable speech
on iraq. In that speech he accuses the media of bias and the detractors of the war and the administration as the enemy, as traitors. Rumsfeld seems to have a feeble grasp on history, even history that he was alive to witness, the times of Senator McCarthy of Richard Nixon. Democracies are not best served by everyone falling into line and agreeing with the administration nor are they well served by making one man fear another because of his race or religion, yet it is exactly this that Mr Rumsfeld seems to think would be best for America.
This is one of the best pieces of broadcast journalism I have seen on American TV for some time, and I hope it proves to be a turning point in the thinking of both the people and the administration. I strongly encourage you to watch the clip here.
He ends his Olbermann ends his commentary with this quote from Edward R. Murrow
, never in the last 50 years has it been more appropriate.
"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 un-reason, 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."Video Here
and Rumsfelds speech can be found here