Olbermann on the "Surge"
The below piece is in reference to Keith Olbermann's closing statement from his January 2nd show. Get the full transcript here; just scroll to the end for his 'special comment about sacrifice' and watch the clip after the jump.
Full disclosure: I am admittedly a fan of Keith Olbermann and his P.O.V. The above-referenced clip is not his best work, and LAist Editor-in-Chief Tony Pierce said it felt "forced" and ran far too long, which are valid points; I take it in the context that while again listing the endless reasons why we're sending more American troops to Iraq is something like a long forced march, it's still a necessary march.
What is interesting about what Olbermann is saying is that nobody else on TV is saying it, with the exception of Dennis Kucinich (whom everyone is ignoring) and Cindy Sheehan (whom we don't actually hear say anything, we only hear about her getting arrested 'again') -- and neither of those people has an actual career in TV.
Whenever 'the Daily Show' and 'Colbert Report' come back from hiatus, those funny boys might say something about the fact that a year ago Bush was saying that the US needs to have fewer troops in Iraq, and now he's done a 180. But when we're talking about over 3,000 dead Americans, the prospect of sending more troops (and definitely increasing the number of dead) for purely political reasons isn't so funny. Just like Letterman's jokes about Saddam Hussein's execution weren't funny on Tuesday night.
C'mon Lou Dobbs, the other voice of basic cable reason, stand up! Katie Couric, you were supposed to help change the evening news, here's your chance to do something before they pull the plug on you. Can't one of the harpies on 'The View' make a statement to get Rosie's (according to the Donald) 'fat pig' ass out of the spotlight? Who will break ranks first? What corporate sponsor would dare argue with the viewpoint voted in by the American people? This will be a fight worth watching and it will be a chance to make TV, and especially the news, relevant again.