The canon of impermissible journalistic language includes:
- "criminal conspiracy to save the ass of George W. Bush"
- "wouldn't just mean impeachment"
- "going to prison"
- In 2004, then Acting Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin, in order to form a judgment about whether waterboarding, among other interrogation techniques, constituted torture and was therefore illegal under American and international law, subjected himself under controlled conditions to waterboarding at a military base near Washington DC.
- Even knowing that his ultimate safety was assured by the experts monitoring his condition, Levin found the experience of incrementally drowning so terrifying that he put his professional opinion--"torture is abhorrent"--in a Justice Department memorandum, shortly after the dissemination of which he was forced out of his job by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Here's Olbermann's comment:
No wonder Olbermann has been deemed no longer safe for basic cable.