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Keith Olbermann Comments on the 'Inaccurately Described Ground Zero Mosque' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:35PM
On 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith made his inevitable special comment on the so-called "Ground Zero" Mosque. He kicked off by repeating Pastor Martin Niemöller's oft-quoted statement on the the rise of Nazism in Germany: "... Then they came for the Jews, Olbermann read, "And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew..."

Next Olbermann drops the dubious disclaimer that by quoting Niemoller, he isn't making "a direct comparison" between those who want to suppress the Islamic center and those who enabled the Holocaust.

With that out the way, he gets to the heart of his special comment: correcting what he sees as inaccuracies in the arguments used by opponents of the project.

He rips Newt Gingrich for "pushing the nonsense that 'Cordoba' (the initial name of the project) is a Muslim dog-whistle for triumphalism."

"When the historic implications of Cordoba were made clear to the backers of this product, the property developer changed the name," Olbermann explained. "They already compromised."

Olbermann also addresses the issue of whether the Ground Zero Mosque is really even a mosque at all. He points out that it was actually planned as a Muslim community center, complete with basketball courts. Olbermann closes by imploring his viewers to stand up for the rights of minority groups when they are threatened. You can watch his entire special comment below:

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Thank You

August 17 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had made up my mind that it was insencitive to build the mosque there. The propaganda got to me but after hearing your comments i got it. Thank You
I am so mad at myself. Keep me on track Keith

August 17 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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