Opinion: Michael Moore joins contributor list for Keith Olbermann’s new ‘Countdown’


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Michael Moore
, the liberal activist and Oscar-winning director, has joined an ever-growing list of contributors to Keith Olbermann’s new Current TV show ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann.’ The filmmaker joins fellow documentarian Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis, and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas on Olbermann’s forthcoming show that debuts on the cable channel June 20.

‘I’m delighted and honored that so many of my friends -- who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today -- will be joining me as contributors to ‘Countdown’ on Current,’ ‘ Olbermann said Wednesday in a statement. ‘I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20, will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we’re assembling.’

When Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’ appeared on MSNBC, his regular contributors included Dana Milbank, Michael Musto, Lawrence O’Donnell and Clarence Page.

What sort of contributions can ‘Countdown’ viewers expect to experience from the baseball-cap-wearing Moore?


Currently on Moore’s website is a post titled ‘Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden’ that may provide a hint that although he was one of George W. Bush’s most public adversaries, Moore doesn’t rubber stamp every action derived from President Obama’s White House.

Hideki Tojo killed my uncle and millions of Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and a hundred thousand other Americans. He was the head of Japan, the Emperor’s henchman, the man who was the architect of Pearl Harbor,’ Moore wrote Thursday morning. ‘When the American soldiers went to arrest him, he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The soldiers immediately worked on stopping his bleeding and rushed him to an Army hospital where he was saved by our Army doctors. He then had his day in court. It was a powerful exercise for the world to see. And on December 23, 1948, after he was found guilty, we hanged him. A killer of millions was forced to stand trial. A killer of 4,000 (counting the African embassies and USS Cole bombings) got double-tapped in his pajamas. Assuming it was possible to take him alive, I think his victims, the future, and the restoration of the American Way deserved better. That’s all I’m saying.’


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-- Tony Pierce