Thursday, September 11, 2008

Olbermann Special Comment: 9/11 TM

This is Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on yesterday's Countdown show, criticizing both John McCain and the Republican Party's crass political co-opt of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. In one sense, it doesn't surprise me that the Republicans would politically use the September 11th attacks in this presidential election--they've used this tragic event before in the 2004 and 2006 elections, but without directly attributing the World Trade Center attacks directly within their campaign. Before, it has been on the edge with the GOP crediting themselves with no terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, or the Democrats will surrender to the terrorists, or the Democrats are aiding the terrorists, or in this terrorist age, you change a horse in mid-stream. But now John McCain and the Republican Party have decided to use the September 11th attacks as a means of inciting fear within the American public--vote for John McCain or you will die from terrorism! During former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's convention speech, there are plenty of instances where Giuliani is speaking in front of a backdrop of the New York skyline without the World Trade Centers. The RNC tribute video(at 7:04) of John McCain shows three New York City firemen at what appears to be the World Trade Center site, just after the attacks. Then there was the Republican Party's "9/11 tribute" during their national convention:

This is nothing more than a GOP co-opt of the WTC attacks, attempting generate fear within Americans that voting Republican will protect you from the evil terrorists. This is just blatant, cynical, and disgusting. And Keith Olbermann rips into McCain for using the victims of the WTC attack for their political ambitions. From MSNBC.Com:

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