On January 31, Keith Olbermann delivered one of his signature “special comments”, criticizing Bush for supporting telcom immunity. It was about what you’d expect from Olberman — 10 minutes of furious, reasoned commentary. Gods bless Keith Olbermann!
But now, he is giving Obama a free pass on the same issue. Of course, Obama has criticized the telcom immunity portion of the FISA bill and pledged to try to remove it. But alas, he has stated that he will vote yea on the bill regardless of if he succeeds.
Glenn Greenwald has been covering the issue furiously. On June 26, he delivered a sharp and elaborate criticism of Olbermann, challenging him to hold Obama to the same standards that he holds Bush.
Later that day, because he is the coolest MSM journalist ever, Olbermann responded on Daily Koss.
On June 27, Greenwald delivered Olbermann a smackdown, as the kids say. Greenwald characterized Olbermann as having faith that Obama has a secret benevolent plan to prosecute the telcos later, and that this is the same rationale that the Bush administration has used to break law after law.
On his show on Friday, Olbermann promised a special comment on FISA on Monday [anyone have a youtube link for this?].
We need to pressure Olbermann to not give Obama a free pass on this. Email his show:
And tell them what you think.