GLENN: Okay. Now let me, let me play this with Keith Olbermann last night. Then we're going to get into it after the break. Here's Keith Olbermann last night after they played a 9/11 video just to remind us about 9/11. Keith Olbermann went on a little tirade and he was very disappointed in the Republican party. Here he is.
OLBERMANN: Tom, Chuck, great. Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, we'll be back with you later on in the broadcast. I'm sorry. It's necessary to say this, and I wanted to separate myself from the others on the air about this. If at this late date any television network on its own accord showed that much videotape and that much graphic videotape of 9/11, I speak as somebody who lost a few friends there, it we would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters perhaps by the Republican party itself for exploiting the memories of the dead and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I can, I apologize. It is a subject of great pain for many of us still and was probably not appropriate to be shown. We'll continue in a moment.
GLENN: Wow. I would like to see that 9/11 video every day at noon. I would like to know what it is like to show the World Trade Centers collapsing. I know because on the fifth anniversary that images of the World Trade Centers are in the archive and they're in the vault and they are not for broadcast. That had to go all the way up to the standards and practice and back down and then back up and then back down and then back up and then back down. I believe it went all the way to the president of CNN when I wanted to show those images. In the end I believe we had to make I could be wrong on this but I believe we had to make a compromise that it could only be shown in a screen behind me and not actually on a full screen. Is that true, Stu? Do you remember? I know that was one of the compromises kicked around. I can't remember if that's if we actually had to do that.
STU: I think that is what happened at the end, wasn't it?
GLENN: Yeah, I'm pretty sure but I can't we may have won to have it on full screen.
The media and this is all networks have decided, because they know better than you, that you should not see those. It's too painful for you to see those. It brings up too many bad memories. You know what? I think we should show it. I think we should show it every day at the top of every hour at noon. Boom, show it: Hey, America, just want to remind you, this is what happened to us. Some of us in New York are reminded like I was just yesterday when I was at WOR, across the street from the giant hole that is there. You need to be reminded once that while. Your thoughts in a second. 888 727 BECK.
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GLENN: All right, give me a little bit of the 9/11 video from last night. And Dan, you should include this in the newsletter or put it up on the website today. I thought by the way, I thought before John McCain walked out, he actually, that film on him was fantastic, just fantastic. I learned stuff on John McCain I didn't know but then he came out and he told he's going to tell another 20 minutes of the story. I know it, John! Oh, and then he started in on the oh, jeez, I'm sorry, I don't mean to go into this story but then he started in on the whole, you know, "Hi, let me tell you a story, why I'm running, a little Sally Muckenfutch, a little Sally Muckenfutch. She's a toothpick maker in Akron, Ohio: She's the one who used to whittle little toothpicks and put them in little boxes of 300. Little Sally Muckenfutch has been put out of the toothpick industry because the toothpick industry is going away because well, because, you know, now the Chinese can make toothpicks a lot faster and so they're making toothpicks now and that's all the skill she has. It wasn't even a good job even when she had it because I mean, how many toothpicks do you use. You know, use a toothpick now and then, you got a little steak there and you go in and get that box enthusiasm think might have been handed down to you from your parents, you know. I don't ever remember going into the store and buying toothpicks. I just, for some reason I have a box of toothpicks. I don't know how they I may have purchased them with the house that I own. I don't know. You know, 300. Unless you're, you know... (mumbling) And you're throwing like a cocktail party, you don't go through toothpicks a lot or very fast. So Sally Muckenfutch can no longer make toothpicks. So she was down and she was only making $1.25 an hour making, whittling toothpicks and now she can't find a job and that's why I'm doing..." shut up! Just show the film about you.
And then earlier they showed this film on 9/11. Here's just a little bit of it.
VOICE: It is a war we never chose to fight and for too long we'd look the other way. But the enemy is wrong. This is a war America will win. We'll have a President who knows how. We remember where we were that day, what happened.
GLENN: These are pictures of the World Trade Center.
VOICE: What they were doing, how our lives changed. We remember buildings burning, bodies falling. So many stories of bravery. We remember.
GLENN: They don't show any bodies in this, no people.
VOICE: We remember their beautiful faces and those loving voices now, gone forever.
GLENN: We need to okay, stop, that's enough. We need to put this up on the website because in it the only thing it says about President is again the terrorists are wrong because we will have a President that understands what we're facing. The DNC could play this if their candidate understood what we were facing. The DNC could play this. There was no Republican anything in this. It was just a reminder of where we are. And Olbermann came out after Tom Brokaw said this. Do you have the Tom Brokaw? Here's what Tom Brokaw said after this was played.
BROKAW: To the victims of 9/11 and to the continuing war on terrorism, a lot of talk in this hall tonight about Islamic rage and Islamic terrorism, accusations. This, by the way, is Bud Day, World War II veteran as well as a Korean War veteran who served with John McCain and that's the word, and suffered with him at the Hanoi Hilton. At any rate, Keith, what I wanted to say is that a large part of what this convention has all been about is about John McCain can lead during a time of war. The real vulnerability for Barack Obama, the polls that we've seen up to this point is whether or not he's the riskier choice to lead this country and whether he's qualified to be a commander in chief. He loses by pretty significant amounts on both those counts and that's why we've been hearing so much about John McCain's military background, his service, his determination to see it through because once again, it's not only an objective problem out there but it's one of the ways of trying to reach out to those independents, those Reagan Democrats, if you will, and say come to our side because America's security is at stake. That will be both
GLENN: Okay. Stop just a second, stop. So that is the and are you trying to tell me that this isn't a real problem? Are you trying to tell me well, let me ask you this: Should the news remind us of the pain that a lot of people are feeling as they pull up to a gas pump? Should the media, should Barack Obama is it fair to have Barack Obama talk about how many people are struggling because they lost their house? Doesn't that just remind them of the pain they've gone through?
Now, I know you can't compare the pain of someone dying in the World Trade Center to that. I get it. But it's an issue. You can't take issues off the table.
You know, I have told you before in the last that I am a one issue person and I have been. After September 11th I was a one issue guy. Well, this is the first election since 9/11 that I am not a one issue guy. I'm not. I am a "That issue" guy still but there are other things now that have come to play that are just as big. The Islamic extremist threat has not diminished. I don't know if anybody noticed what Sarkozy said yesterday. Was it yesterday in Syria? He said we are going to wake up one morning and we will see that Israel has struck Iran. Iran must stop the development of their nuclear program. They must stop because we're going to wake up that day, the Israelis have struck and we will have to ask ourselves, was it right? Was it the only thing that they could have done? But it will be a calamity. And he's right. It will be a global calamity if Israel no when Israel strikes. Because no one will stand up to Iran, and Russia is a growing threat that is going to block everyone because Russia and Iran are allies. The axis power is developing. It is Russia, it is Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Hezbollah. The radicals in Egypt. Syria I mean, Saudi Arabia, believe it or not, is actually on our side when it comes to this. Not because they love us so much or anything else but because they know how dangerous Iran is. It will be a global catastrophe the day someone strikes Israel. I can't imagine it just going away. Maybe it will. Maybe it will just be fine. Maybe we just send some drones in and they bomb it and it's all fine and everything's great. I don't think so, but I hope I'm wrong. I've been wrong before. Hopefully I'm wrong on that one. But it is an issue, and 9/11 is still an issue, and it should be.