27 June, 2008

Et Tu, Brute?

I think most of us remember when Keith Olbermann hit one out of the park for law and civil liberty. He delivered a scorching Special Comment on the FISA fuckery, and for a moment, there was hope that a truly noxious bill would get annihilated by mainstream media scorn. Olbermann was one of the heroes. He'd not only delivered one of the most impassioned diatribes against dangerous legislation - he'd come within a hair of calling Bush a fascist fuck.

Ah, the good old days before he sharpened his bestest knife and plunged it into the backs of those who are fighting a rear-guard action to keep the Constitution intact and the telecoms on the hook for breaking the law:

Last night, Olbermann invited Newsweek's Jonathan Alter onto his show to discuss Obama's support for the FISA and telecom amnesty bill (video of the segment is here). There wasn't a syllable uttered about "immunizing corporate criminals" or "textbook examples of Fascism" or the Third Reich. There wasn't a word of rational criticism of the bill either. Instead, the two media stars jointly hailed Obama's bravery and strength -- as evidenced by his "standing up to the left" in order to support this important centrist FISA compromise:

OLBERMANN: Asked by "Rolling Stone" publisher, Jann Wenner, about how Democrats have cowered in the wake of past Republican attacks, Senator Obama responding, quote, "Yeah, I don't do cowering." That's evident today in at least three issues . . .

Senator Obama also refusing to cower even to the left on the subject of warrantless wiretapping. He's planning to vote for the FISA compromise legislation, putting him at odds with members of his own party . . .

It only gets worse from there. If you want the full compliment of stab wounds, head on over to Glenn Greenwald's blog and prepare to bleed.

Thanks a fucking lot, Keith. I can only hope the ass-reaming Glenn gave you hurts half as badly as you suddenly deciding that this "textbook example of Fascism" was just fine as long as Obama supports it.

With friends like these, our Constitution has more enemies than it can survive. I think I shall start calling it Caesar.

Beware the Ides of March, dear parchment.


otching said...

Clear example of how the press sells out to media consumption. Whatever is in vogue.


And what's sadder is this sells. I hope I'm proved wrong.

Cujo359 said...

Olbermann's been such a cheerleader for Obama for so long now, I guess it's just hard to break the habit. His tirade about Hillary Clinton's supposed racism is an example of just how far from reality he's been willing to stray. Even when it's abundantly clear to anyone who chooses to look at this thing that Obama just ducked behind the couch on this one, he'll actually cover for the guy.

My guess is that Olbermann's ego won't allow him to admit he's been suckered, but then maybe there's another explanation.

Efrique said...

Did you see that there's a group on Obama's site to encourage him to oppose FISA?