Keith Olbermann's supportive commentary on filmmaker Michael Moore's criticism of the Osama bin Laden killing comes on the heels of Mr. Moore's decision to join Olbermann's Current TV program as a contributor.
Liberal television news commentator Keith Olbermann, working now for Al Gore's Current TV venture, has added a new contributor to his "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" program, with the announcement on Wednesday that filmmaker Michael Moore will join the Olbermann team, Reuters reported.
The new Olbermann show will premiere on June 20 on Current TV and will also feature contributions from comedian Richard Lewis and filmmaker Ken Burns.
"I'm delighted and honored that so many of my friends -- who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today -- will be joining me as contributors to 'Countdown' on Current," Olbermann said, according to Reuters. "I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20 will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we're assembling."
The Michael Moore decision comes at a volatile time for the controversial filmmaker, after Mr. Moore made highly critical comments of the Obama administration's decision to kill Osama bin Laden.
A running list of Moore's commentary, documented by right-leaning Big Hollywood, details the depth of the filmmaker's criticism of the decision by the White House to kill Osama bin Laden:
1. It’s one thing to be happy that a criminal has been captured and dealt with. It’s another thing to throw a kegger celebrating his death at the site where the remains of his victims are still occasionally found. Is that who we are? Is that what Jesus would do?
2. There was no bloodlust euphoria on the day Timothy McVeigh was executed. We were silent. The families of the Oklahoma City dead were silent, relieved. What is the difference between McVeigh and bin Laden, other than the number they slaughtered? I wonder.
3. [T]he Taliban are Afghan citizens, not an invading force, and, for better or worse, they seem to enjoy the support of many of the common people throughout Afghanistan.
4. I hire only ex-SEALs and ex-Special Forces guys to handle my own security (I’ll let you pause a moment to appreciate that irony).
5. I know a lot of people see no need for a trial for these bad guys (just hang ‘em from the nearest tree!), and think trials are for sissies. “They’re guilty, off with their heads!” Well, you see, that is the exact description of the Taliban/al Qaeda/Nazi justice system.
6. [Osama] was a multimillionaire crime boss (using religion as his cover)[.] … He had people killed under the guise of religion, and not many in the media bothered to explain that every time Osama referenced Islam, he wasn’t really quoting Islam. Just because Osama said he was a “Muslim” didn’t make it so.
7. Yet, we began to fear Muslims and round them up.
8. We profiled people from Muslim nations at airports. We didn’t profile multi-millionaires (in fact, they now have their own fast-track line to easily get through security, an oddity considering every murderer on 9/11 flew in first class).
9. We did exactly what bin Laden said he wanted us to do: Give up our freedoms (like the freedom to be assumed innocent until proven guilty), engage our military in Muslim countries so that we will be hated by Muslims, and wipe ourselves out financially in doing so.
10. A killer of 4,000 (counting the African embassies and USS Cole bombings) got double-tapped in his pajamas. Assuming it was possible to take him alive, I think his victims, the future, and the restoration of the American Way deserved better. That’s all I’m saying.
Moore's commentary was not only criticized by Conservatives, but was also condemned by more Liberal Obama supporters, as was evidenced in commentary by MSNBC's Ed Shultz.
However, Keith Olbermann praised Mr. Moore's commentary as the criticism that should be expected of free-thinkers in America, and Moore's new role on Olbermann's new show is a further reflection of Olbermann's support.