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Former Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, Lawrence O’Donnell, offers a legally accurate and highly compelling alternative perspective on what continues to be called a “scandal” – I’m not drawing my own conclusions yet, but this is absolutely worth reading and watching. I’ll be back with personal analysis over the next several days.
(Note to readers: We had attempted to post the entirety of Mr O’Donnell’s eloquent remarks, but MSNBC made the decision that the full video should be removed from YouTube as a copyright violation. Although we strongly disagree with this judgment under our belief that a public figure’s words – when reported as news – fall squarely within the “fair use doctrine,” we will obviously abide by the Network’s decision and instead link directly to the more limited MSNBC site below. We hope MSNBC will eventually choose to live out its own slogan, “lean forward,” and adopt a more open posture toward freedom of expression.)