Keith Olbermann: Good Night and Good Luck
Olbermann Assails Clinton: A Campaign Enmeshed with Racial Undertones
Last night, Keith Olbermann assailed Hillary Clinton in a ten-minute Special Comment, prefacing his charges by stating that his comments were not to be specifically taken as an endorsement of Barack Obama. Nevertheless, Olbermann felt strongly convinced that observing the course of Clinton’s political campaign, “events [insisted]” that he speak and take a forceful stand against her “tepid response” to the controversial remarks of Geraldine Ferraro, wherein Ferraro had claimed that Obama wouldn’t have been as successful if he were not black.
In an earlier broadcast, Olbermann decried the statements as “clearly racist” and on Wednesday he followed up by accusing Clinton of allowing the opportunity to forcefully oppose Ferraro’s comments pass her by. Olbermann accused Clinton of clearly having “missed a critical opportunity to do what was right.”
While Olbermann did not explicitly say that Clinton’s own beliefs were deeply-rooted in racism, he did claim that her political behaviors were entrenched in bad decisions, embracing bad advice from the “tone deaf” and “arrogant” aides and advisers in her campaign. He characterized Ferraro’s remarks as “a blind accusation of sexism and dismissing Senator Obama’s campaign as some equal opportunity stunt,” and decried her comments both in this instance and historically, pointing to the “cheap, ignorant vile racism that underlines them.”
He blamed her advisers for not pushing her to repudiate those comments immediately, unlike the remark by Obama’s adviser Samantha Power, who had called Clinton a “monster” and who was “gone by sunrise” from the Obama campaign. Olbermann specifically fingered Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams, saying that instead of repudiating Ferraro’s words, “words that should make any Democrat retch,” she had instead let “her campaign manager bend them beyond all recognition into Senator Obama’s fault…thus giving Ferraro nearly a week to [send the dialogue] back into the vocabulary of David Duke.”
People Begin to See Clinton as a Racist
Olbermann took the opportunity to mention a number of other matters, criticizing her also for the “shell-game about choosing Obama as Vice-President,” as well as for her husband Bill Clinton’s comments about Jesse Jackson after the South Carolina primary, the “racial undertone of the 3 a.m. ad” and the “moment’s hesitation” in her much-parsed answer about Obama’s religion on 60 Minutes. He argued that after the ongoing accumulation of events during her campaign, in which racial attitudes had been enmeshed, people now “see a pattern” of racially-tinged remarks and associations with Clinton.” He prudently stopped short of forcefully embracing the belief that Clinton is a racist, but pointed out that, “False or true, they see it.”
Olbermann implored Clinton not to passively sanction being perceived “as standing next to, and standing by, racial divisiveness.” “Grab the reins back from whoever has led you to this precipice before it is too late,” implored Olbermann. “Voluntarily or inadvertently, you are still awash in this filth….your only reaction has been to disagree and call it ‘regrettable’. Unless, Senator, you say something definitive, the former congresswoman is speaking with your approval.”
Olbermann concluded his attack on Clinton’s behaviors by wishing her, “Good Night and Good Luck.”
Keith Olbermann Attacks Hillary Clinton
Edward R. Murrow: Good Night and Good Luck
At a time when the Clinton political campaign appears increasingly to be a force intent upon creating a climate of divisiveness and fear, it is extremely useful for us to recall Edward R. Morrow’s 1954 See It Now special entitled A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow’s conclusion to the program was truly magistral:
“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, 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.
This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it, and rather successfully. Cassius was right. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
Good Night, and Good Luck.”
Edward R. Murrow: Good Night and Good Luck
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