Speaking Truth to Power

I don’t regularly watch most news programs, preferring instead to read the BBC online and listen to NPR in the mornings and afternoons.  But I saw that Keith Olbermann gave quite a pronouncement yesterday on Donald Rumsfeld’s speech in which he invoked fascism as some sort of defense for this country’s actions in recent years, and I was so impressed that I wanted to share it with you.

Read the transcript or watch the video.

Olbermann signs off with Edward R. Murrow’s words, which are so true today:

“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.”

Amen to that.

One thought to “Speaking Truth to Power”

  1. I saw that editorial live on the TV. My jaw dropped.

    The only thing that doesn’t quite fit about the Murrow quote is that opposition to the war in Iraq is now the majority opinion in the country. Hardly and unpopular cause at the moment.

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