Saturday, May 3, 2008

1010. Truth and Consequences

Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values

I read this book a few months after it was published. It contains 25 of Keith Olbermann's "Special Comments" which he delivers on his program "Countdown" on MSNBC.

For those who don't know, Keith's "Special Comments" are direct, second person, short, editorial, delivered in front of the camera on specific topics in the news. Most of the topics are BIG, and affect the world around us, the every day news that occurs as well as the politics and economics. Just like a newspaper has an "Opinion" section, Keith Olbermann's "Special Comments" in his "Countdown" show editorialize events. However, it has been my experience that Keith speaks the truth, the literal truth, that is why part of the title is "Truth..."

Of course, there will be people that disagree, who will say that listening and agreeing with Keith's point of view is a matter of opinion. But to me, it's not as simple as that. Truth, does not chose sides. Truth comes from only one angle... Truth, can only come from truth.

Finally, truth, has consequences - like when you lead a country into war using false premises (one of the topics that Keith has a "Special Comment" about).

In the end, all that these "Special Comments" are is mostly words on a page in the form of an essay - they are more powerful when spoken aloud, just like when Keith Olbermann delivers them. Whether they have an impact on you, it would depend on how open your mind is to the truth.

As the book, this is a 4 stars out of 5, simply because these "Special Comments" are so much more powerful when presented, yet, this book is still a worthwhile companion to own.

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