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

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

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by Keith Olbermann
     
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In just two years, MSNBC host Olbermann (The Worst Person in the World) has become one of the most recognized critics of the George W. Bush administration. This book explains how and why Olbermann's televised "special comments" began, then reprints them from September 2005 through July 2007, with postcomment explanations. Before becoming a Bush administration critic, Olbermann had achieved fame as a sports commentator on the ESPN cable network. The genesis of commentator Olbermann as political celebrity makes it difficult to determine if he ought to be considered a fact-based journalist, but however Olbermann should be labeled journalistically, the commentary collected here demonstrates that he is a first-rate writer unafraid of expressing criticisms of most Republican decision makers and, on occasion, Democrats. Understanding from the start that Bush defenders would label the special comments unpatriotic, Olbermann decided to wear this label as a badge of honor and makes a persuasive argument that he is the upholder of traditional American values, while Bush and his colleagues are the transgressors. Olbermann's editorials are bound to stimulate and incite arguments as election season ratchets up. (Jan. 2)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400066766
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet 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.

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Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Olbermann is a amazing newscaster. He speaks the truth and isn't afraid of making enemies unlike other newscasters who try to please only their political party. This book shows us how incompetent the Bush administration and others around it really is and I hope Keith Olbermann continues standing up for what is right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Olbermann came along on MSNBC at just the right time to expose those who would have us give up our individual rights, sack the Bill of Rights in the name of false security, and trash the Constitution in favor of rule by corpocracy with a ruling elitist oligarchy 'read: Republican Party'. His thoughtful insights are forcefully presented here and in his TV news show. It is unfortunate that it takes such forceful presentation to wake many of us up to what is happening to our rights as citizens it is very fortunate that we have someone so fearless as Mr. Olbermann to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually liked the guy on ESPN. Than lost all respect for him when he seemed to take delight with his peers at MSNBC, whom to a person seemed delighted in what they termed a "civil war" in Iraq. Than came their shagrin with the sucsess of the surge. His nightly rants about Gitmo (the first time in the history of mankind that pows/illegal combatants have gained weight during imprisonment, guess his next argument would have been that their lipid levels had become dangerously high) which have been discontinued since BHO was elected POTUS.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book plays to a certain group, basically the just-about-everyone-now crowd. 'See Bush approval ratings for more details.' The truth hurts for those who still don't get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book plays to a certain group, basically the hate Bush at any cost crowd. Wish I could get my money back on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those of us who appreciate the truth that comes from Olberman. This book is primarily his special comments and, like all of his program, well thought out
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Olbermann is one of the few broadcasters who is willing to speak truth to power. He is my hero. His writing is straightforward and concise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading his essays you will understand why Olbermann was instrumental in pushing the pendulum of public opinion back to the sweet center of American politics as evidenced by the outcome of the 2006 Congressional elections. Olbermann has been forced by history to become point man in the resistance against the radical right's crusade to institutionalize what Warren Buffet recently called ¿government of, for and by the plutocracy.¿ Olbermann confronts the alien ideology of neo-conservatism which by deception seeks to make war and occupation of other nations a permanent tool of American foreign policy. Going where others fear to tread, Olbermann leads by countering lies with plain spoken truth, ferreting out corruption and war profiteering, and taking down the uninformed pretensions of conservative extremists littering the land by hammering them over the head with humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Olbermann has become the Edward R Murrow of our time. His special comments are not only eloquent and brilliant but are the voice for working class Americans who have become the innocent victims of the abuse and misuse of power. Keith is an outspoken champion for freedom of thought at a time when there are some who would ask us to give that freedom away. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keiths Special Comments have increased viewership of his program significantly and with good reason. His observations are sharp, honest & uncompromising. A must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, someone who stands up for ALL Americans, even when he doesn't agree with them! Keith Olberman has a razor sharp wit and a keen eye for reading between the lines to discern the heart of the argument. His laser blasts of honesty and integrity are what makes him a target to all those who only want THEIR way put forth for the public. Keith serves the public interest by keeping everyone honest. He doesn't turn off guest microphones if he doesn't like what you're saying or try to belittle you on national television. He saves the brutal truth for those that deserve it and doesn't pander to people who try to use fear as a way to grab power and maintain it by taking away Constitutional rights. Wake Up America!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keith Olbermann is in rare form in this book. If you are like the increasingly many who watch and like his show, read this book. Ignore the troll who decided that Clinton bashing belongs here. They talk a lot about morals... Could it be because they have none of their own, as do most of the Republicans in the USA, who have given away all of our civil rights, and want the corporations to own this country?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Olbermann is all of us, angry and strong. Demanding truth and questioning lies. He is an outlet for all of us that are fed up and can't take it anymore!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like his tv show Mr. Olberman has one goal in reporting the news of the world: Hate George Bush. His journalism is dedicated to the pure hatred of one man. I know there are people out there who are informed of the world through the words of Olberman and that is a shame. Olberman is no true journalist. For those of you who like to blame George Bush for all problems in the universe then Olberman is the man for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author misleads people to think there are no people in this world that want to harm Americans and those in the Bush administration are the tru evil-doers. Basically an author who uses freedom of speech to further his career without understanding you have to stand up and fight evil to maintain that freedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To read Keith Olbermann is bear witness to a man self destructing with venemous hate and blind bias. It's sad really. His arguments fail to hold up to even mild scrutiny. To suggest otherwise displays an equally poor grasp of the facts and basic reasoning. It's not hard to imagine poor Keith spontaneously combusting when this book, like his show, fails to even come close to the success of his obsession¿Bill O'reilly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Same old ultra left wing, fingers in the ears 'na na na na na', bleeding heart crap. Unbelievably malice laden, viscous delivery of his 'opinions'. And you thought liberals were the kinder, gentler, caring ones? Just don't disagree with one...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This ex-sports commentator is the perfect example of a narrow-minded and anarchistic boob being allowed Prime Time exposure by a less-than-above-board electronic media. Only problem is his ratings expose his weakness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Know all journalist tells us the government is bad and Republicans invented spin, corruption, and stupidity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read this book. Keith is one of my heroes!