Friday, December 01, 2006

Video: Keith Olbermann blasts Newt Gingrich's 'sinister vision'

In his latest "Special Comment" on MSNBC's Countdown, Keith Olbermann criticizes former House Speaker and potential '08 presidential contender Newt Gingrich's recent speech outlining his vision for America and the world--one that has ominous overtones of restrictions on freedom of speech and, as Olbermann describes it, amounts to fearmongering by "a cynical mind."

Olbermann says of Gingrich, "He offered the time-tested excuse trotted out by our demagogues since even before the Republic was founded: widespread death, of Americans, in America, possibly at the hands of Americans. But updated, now, to include terrorists using the Internet for recruitment. End result — 'losing a city.'

"The colonial English defended their repression with words like these. And so did the slave states. And so did the policemen who shot strikers. ... And so did those who interned Japanese-Americans. And so did those behind the Red Scare..."

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