Rachel Maddow, 9/11 shill, and the United States of Fear and Redaction
By Jim Fetzer and Brad Friedman
“The secrecy state is at the heart of the leaks by whistleblowers Manning and Snowden; the court proceedings and surveillance of journalists by the government; the necessary or unnecessary (who knows?) closure of diplomatic posts abroad; the refusal to respond to FOIA requests by the public; the efforts even by local and state governments to even keep citizens from overseeing the tabulation of ballots cast in their own public elections.”–Brad Friedman
There was a time when I was a huge fan of msnbc, especially of “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann, whom I continue to regard as one of the most brilliant, if not the most brilliant, political commentators to ever take the role of the anchor of a major news program of any kind.
When Keith was replaced by Rachel Maddow, I was open-minded and, at least at the beginning, very impressed by her analytic ability, which was not quite on a par with Keith’s but was far above what we encounter on the major networks.
Major events like JFK and 9/11, alas, are not among either of their strong suits, but I have been appalled to discover the role of Rachel Maddow as a shill for The 9/11 Commission Report (2004), a preliminary draft of which was author by Philip D. Zelikow, its Executive Director, a year before he shared it with any member of the 9/11 commission staff. Nevertheless, it was astonishing to discover that, prior to joining the Bush administration, his area of academic expertise had been “the creation and maintenance of, in his words, public myths or public presumptions”, which he gave us in the commission’s official report, which did not even mention the destruction of WTC-7:
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