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Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values

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Short, sharp, and oftentimes shocking, Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comments” have made his nightly MSNBC program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, must-see viewing–and the fastest-growing news show on cable TV. In these segments, Olbermann calls out the perpetrators of mismanagement, brutality, cronyism, and the appalling lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration. In so doing, Olbermann goes where most of the mainstream media fear to tread–and his rapidly expanding audience eagerly follows.

In Truth and Consequences, Olbermann collects the best of his Special Comments, presented here with additional observations and other new material. Whether taking to task the likes of Vice President Dick Cheney and (the thankfully former) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who compare critics of the Iraq War to Nazi appeasers, or giving his impassioned perspective on why torture is un-American and what it really means to support our troops, or grilling timid lawmakers who fail to rein in presidential overreach and abuses of executive power, Olbermann’s devastatingly blunt (and at times wickedly funny) commentary cuts to the core of the duplicity and cynicism of a government that has lost the ability to distinguish between leading our great nation and ruling it.

Naturally, Keith Olbermann’s candor and razor-sharp polemic have earned him many detractors and enemies. His antagonists in the media, such as Bill O’Reilly, have mocked him and accused him of rank intolerance. Yes, Keith Olbermann is intolerant–of hypocrisy, demagoguery, fear-mongering, and especially the equation of dissent with treason. In Truth and Consequences, he fights to reclaim for himself and all Americans the dignity of speaking one’s mind and acting on one’s conscience.

Praise for Keith Olbermann

“A truth-telling, Bush-bashing accidental liberal hero.”

–New York

“The most honest man in news . . . Olbermann clearly relishes his feuds and doesn’t seem to worry much about sparking new ones.”

–Rolling Stone

“Part Jon Stewart (the funny), Dennis Miller (the erudite and biting sub-references), [and] H. L. Mencken (the skewering of power and stupidity in equal doses) as well as crusading journalist . . . Olbermann has emerged as a kind of force of nature.”

–San Francisco Chronicle

“Intelligent, well-read, forceful and incisive.”

–Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

The host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann shares his pithy observations and commentary on the mismanagement, cronyism, brutality, duplicity, cynicism, and lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration, condemning a government that has lost its ability to distinguish between leading and ruling a nation. 150,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Short, sharp, and oftentimes shocking, Keith Olbermann's Special Comments have made his nightly MSNBC program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, must-see viewing-and the fastest-growing news show on cable TV. In these segments, Olbermann calls out the perpetrators of mismanagement, brutality, cronyism, and the appalling lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration. In so doing, Olbermann goes where most of the mainstream media fear to tread-and his rapidly expanding audience eagerly follows.

In Truth and Consequences, Olbermann collects the best of his Special Comments, presented here with additional observations and other new material. Whether taking to task the likes of Vice President Dick Cheney and (the thankfully former) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who compare critics of the Iraq War to Nazi appeasers, or giving his impassioned perspective on why torture is un-American and what it really means

About the Author

Keith Olbermann is the host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. A veteran broadcaster, he was the co-anchor (with Dan Patrick) of ESPN’s SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997 and helped to launch ESPN2 and ESPN Radio Network. Olbermann is the recipient of numerous awards in radio and television broadcasting, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the events of 9/11. He has hosted prime-time news programs, moderated a debate between Democratic presidential candidates, anchored the World Series broadcast, and written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Sports Illustrated. He co-hosts MSNBC’s election night coverage and NBC’s Football Night America.

Table of Contents

Hurricane Katrina--Feeling morally or intellectually confused?--"Have you no sense of decency, Sir?"--This hole in the ground--Bush owes us an apology--A textbook definition of cowardice--On lying--"The beginning of the end of America"--Advertising terrorism--Bush owes the troops an apology, not Kerry--Where are the checks and balances?--Lessons from the Vietnam War--Free speech, failed speakers, and the delusion of grandeur--On sacrifice--Bush's legacy: the president who cried wolf--Bush shoots for jaws, delivers jaws 2--Condi goes too far--DeLay's delusions--Republicans equal life, Democrats equal death?--The entire government has failed us on Iraq--Bush and Cheney should resign--All hail the prophetic gut!--Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President--Bush is just playing us with "troop withdrawal."

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588367655
Subtitle:
Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Olbermann, Keith
Author:
Keith Olbermann
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Political Science : Essays
Subject:
Political Science : Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Social values
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Political corruption -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Culture
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071226
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
172

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Product details 172 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588367655 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann shares his pithy observations and commentary on the mismanagement, cronyism, brutality, duplicity, cynicism, and lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration, condemning a government that has lost its ability to distinguish between leading and ruling a nation. 150,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Short, sharp, and oftentimes shocking, Keith Olbermann's Special Comments have made his nightly MSNBC program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, must-see viewing-and the fastest-growing news show on cable TV. In these segments, Olbermann calls out the perpetrators of mismanagement, brutality, cronyism, and the appalling lack of accountability at the highest levels of the Bush administration. In so doing, Olbermann goes where most of the mainstream media fear to tread-and his rapidly expanding audience eagerly follows.

In Truth and Consequences, Olbermann collects the best of his Special Comments, presented here with additional observations and other new material. Whether taking to task the likes of Vice President Dick Cheney and (the thankfully former) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who compare critics of the Iraq War to Nazi appeasers, or giving his impassioned perspective on why torture is un-American and what it really means

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