Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Speaking freely

This is one of the stronger pieces of evidence that democracy is (believe it or not) still alive and well in the United States of America.

I first encountered this on Crooks and Liars, a site I thoroughly recommend for those non-US citizens such as myself that may have previously, misguidedly, thought that the majority of the population of the US actually agrees with anything that their deranged administration does or says...

Of particular interest, in the light of the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack, is the following erudite and eloquent speech:


At 9:37 pm, Blogger wcdixon said...

Both great clips...thanks for the visit and well wishing...well wishing? - TBA

At 10:07 pm, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Hey Will, glad you could drop by! Good Dog's been rooting out a few more fantastic Keith Olbermann clips, he's really something as an orator. Very inspiring man.

Our televised news is going a bit wrong over here, in terms of a lack of informed polemic such as Olbermann's, with a sudden inrush of opinion and vague supposition. For example, there was a recent military tragedy in Afghanistan, involving the crash of a Nimrod aircraft, killing all 14 occupants. This was reported as being "probably a Hercules" (thereby causing all the Herc families to frantically call their airbases for news of their relatives), then by turns a Chinook helicopter, a Lynx helicopter (which couldn't even carry 14 people and this was from a military 'expert' they'd drafted in) and various other aircraft which upset even more relatives and families than would have been caused by the nature of the tragedy. Oh boy... :-(

Onto better things: Much well-wishing on the new job, fella. I'm sure it'll be great. Well, as great as writing gigs can get... (just kidding!). Have a ball!

At 11:21 pm, Blogger wcdixon said...

News is so wonky these days...I tend to get more and more from the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert - which I know doesn't seem right...but at least I'll get a chuckle from their slanted point of view (because they all seem to have a slant or bias these days)

At 11:25 am, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Absolutely. There at least is a sense with Colbert and Stewart (evidenced particularly in Stewart's appearance on Crossfire) that there is a desire for open debate and honest appraisal of those who should be accountable for their actions with regard to the mandate given them by the populace. Which is a global thing, not just aimed at the US.

Wow, I almost sounded like I knew what I was on about there! Hehehe...

Man, I'm still really stoked about your job, that's such great news! I love it when other people do well. Not that I'm averse to doing well myself, of course, but you know, good news is good news, whoever it happens to.

Well done. ;-)


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