This week, our selection of the best Truthdig-flavored videos contains Keith Olbermann’s iconic Ground Zero diatribe against President Bush; Matt Lauer’s harsh questioning of the president on torture and secret CIA prisons; and George Clooney’s impassioned plea to the U.N. to act against the looming threat of genocide in Darfur.
No. 1: Olbermann to Bush at Ground Zero: “May This Country Forgive You”
In perhaps his most powerful monologue ever, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann savagely harangued Bush for using 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans. “Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.”
No. 2: Lauer Challenges Bush on Torture, CIA Prisons
NBC host Matt Lauer confronts President Bush on a fundamental apparent inconsistency in his interrogation policy: If it’s legal, why are we doing it in secret CIA prisons abroad? Cornered, Bush doesn’t answer straight.
No. 3: Clooney Pleads With U.N. to Head Off Genocide in Sudan
George Clooney warned the United Nations on Thursday that millions will die in Darfur if the U.N. Security Council does not send in a peacekeeping force to replace departing African Union troops at the end of this month. “After Sept. 30, you won’t need the U.N.,” Clooney said. “You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones.”
No. 4: “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver Mocks Bush’s Scare Tactics
George Bush recently said “America is safer than it has been, but it’s not yet safe.” Attempting to make sense of this seemingly contradictory statement in a post-9/11, post-“mission accomplished,” post-Katrina world, “The Daily Show” came up with this rationale: “George W. Bush is the right man to lead us in the era post whatever horrible calamity he leads us into next.”
No. 5: Robert Scheer on “Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative”
Join Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer for a conversation related to his essay “Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative,” in which he addresses conspiracy theories, Iraq, and the folly of the Bush administration.