Keith Olbermann defended Michael Moore's comments about the killing of Osama bin Laden--and criticized former MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz--in an online "Special Comment" posted to Olbermann's website on Thursday.
Moore has received a boatload of criticism for his comments on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about bin Laden's death. He said that the killing showed that "we've lost something of our soul here in this country...something that separates us from other parts, other countries where we say everybody has their day in court."
One of Moore's critics was MSNBC's Ed Schultz, who earlier this week devoted a segment to the filmmaker's comments, and said, "the intellectual liberal hand-wringing needs to stop in this country."
In his "Special Comment," Olbermann said that he also disagreed with Moore (who was just named as a contributor to his upcoming Current TV show), and supported the killing.
"What I object to is those who want to silence those who disagree with me," he said. "Michael's points are right-on...I believe, with great regret, that the pragmatic circumstances of keeping bin Laden alive outweighed, very narrowly, what Michael is addressing. But for him to then be accused of 'intellectual liberal hand-wringing' by a supposedly liberal commentator on a supposedly liberal television network, is outrageous."
Olbermann compared the reaction to Moore's bin Laden comments to the atmosphere in the wake of 9/11 and in the run-up to the Iraq War.
"Do we want to go back to the way the media was in this country eight years and four days ago?" he said. "That to question the honesty of those in power is to find oneself painted as unpatriotically questioning the troops? Because that is where Michael Moore's critics would lead us. I want hand-wringing over exactly who a President gets to kill. I want liberals to question other liberals. If the official story deviates at all from the facts, I want the official story questioned."
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