On Tuesday, British MP George Galloway came before the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to deny his alleged involvement in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. Instead of meekly defending his honor to the big bad senators, in his opening statement Galloway delivered perhaps the most powerful, eloquent and concise condemnation of the Iraq War that any group of war lovin’ American politicians has ever had to sit through. (Excluding the floor speeches of Robert Byrd, who may be eloquent and powerful but is rarely concise)
Someday, when this ghoulish administration and their policies are ancient history, people will wonder who stood up to the bastards. It’s a good bet that Galloway’s name will be mentioned. Not only did he rip Chairmen Norm Coleman a new orifice, Galloway also smoked a big stinky Havana stogie right in the Capitol Building just for fun.
Read his opening statement here, download the an mp3 of it here (attention deprived listeners can download an mp3 of just his ending crescendo), or watch a murky realvideo of his entire appearance in front of the committee with this link.
And speaking of standing up to the bastards, NPR and PBS have been the only major radio & TV networks left where a few reporters and commentators still have the guts to occasionally report on the lies, distortions and diversions of the Bush machine. We can’t have that can we?
So, while the Republicans are working real hard to end any dissent left in the judicial system, they’re also tweaking these two American public broadcasting institutions into more obedient entities as well. To that end, Bush appointed former Reader’s Digest Editor-In-Chief Kenneth Tomlinson as Chairman of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to clean things up.
Mr. Tomlinson has some big ideas. NPR needs to cut back on all that annoying news. And the PBS muckraking public affairs program NOW is not nearly as right wing as it could or should be. It should be more.... you know, fair and balanced.
While Bill Moyers has officially retired as the host of the excellent and brave NOW program, he still has something to say about the possibility of turning PBS & NPR into Republican propaganda outlets. On Sunday, Moyers gave a rousing speech on the subject at the National Conference on Media Reform in St. Louis. Read it here, download an mp3 here, and you can stream the real video here.
I hope Harry Reid can muster a smidgen of the courage shown this week by Galloway and Moyers when he soon goes head to head against the Republican majority in the Senate as they attempt to take away the last vestige of real minority party power in our government, the judicial filibuster.