Maybe you’re wondering what might happen if Donald Trump were to fire (or order his deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to fire) Robert Mueller, the man in charge of the Special Counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election — and now also investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice related to that probe. Keith Olbermann is here to draw some historical parallels for you.
Politically astute Americans have been hungry for a voice that can calmly and reasonably detail just what the hell is going on with our government right now. Although your local news is unbiased, that can sometimes be a liability. When someone lies and the news, in the interest of being unbiased, instead characterizes it as a “misstatement” or “partial truth,” the viewer is robbed of the opportunity to identify and recognize patterns of lying from the same person. In other words, a lie is a lie, and sometimes “fairness” softens its impact.
Keith Olbermann is not unbiased. He’s hosted a great many shows, each one bringing him closer and closer to saying what’s really on his mind. He’s had a microphone since the 80’s — by 2010, he had even been criticized by über-liberal Jon Stewart for characterizing the candidate vying for Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate as “an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees.”
It could be that’s why he’s no longer on MSNBC — or it could be why his video series The Resistance for GQ Magazine has been viewed 170 million times since September of last year.
Either way, in his latest installment of The Resistance, Olbermann recalls how Richard Nixon acted much like Trump is now acting. Noting that the “average American” really just isn’t that informed about politics, the video describes how little the public was even aware of the Watergate scandal — until Nixon started firing those responsible for investigating him. Suddenly, the shadow of impeachment was on him, and it was only a matter of time before even the least politically engaged Americans were talking about absolutely nothing else.
Watch the 5-½ minute video here:
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