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Editorial: please read or watch

Keith Olbermann has come out and said what pretty much everyone except the government is currently thinking: the Bush administration has made a royal clusterfuck of Hurricane Katrina. The difference is, Keith Olbermann is a journalist. And he said it in the most public forum currently available in the United States: he said it on television.

Keith, formerly of ESPN's "SportsCenter" and currently host of "Countdown" on MSNBC, took a few minutes on his show and made what has got to be the most powerful editorial I think it has ever been my pleasure to hear, or read, or watch. It is available here, and the transcript is available on his blog web site.

(Side note: the subtitle of his blog is "Good blog, and good luck." This is a wonderful reference to Edward R. Murrow, who went head-to-head against Senator Joe McCarthy's campaign of terror against the media industry in the 1950's: a situation which could realistically happen again in the very near future. A movie based on the Murrow/McCarthy affair, entitled "Good Night, and Good Luck", opens in limited release on October 7th, 2005. If it is playing in your town, please go see it.)

Please. Go watch Keith's editorial. If you don't have the bandwidth to get the streaming video, please at least read the transcript. (At the time of this writing, it's the most recent entry in his blog; it is dated September 5th, in case it is no longer so when you read this.) Send commentary to MSNBC, praising him for his courage in saying what he did in this era of "If you're not with us, you're against us," and praising the network for their courage in allowing it to be aired. The networks need to be reminded that no matter how much they may be threatened with silencing, it is the responsibility of every person alive to raise the level of public debate and to say what needs to be said.

And forward this link on to your friends, your co-workers, and everyone else you can. While Keith's actions give me hope to the contrary, forums like LiveJournal may soon be all we have left. Assuming, of course, they don't shut us down too.

Good night, and good luck.

(And a huge "thank you" to fizzbang for the link.)
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