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Friday, November 05, 2010

Olbermann Takes A Break

I’m sure you’ve heard by now—Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely for not disclosing political contributions to three Democrats during the 2010 race.

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

Olbermann, who does not hide his liberal views, has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords during this election cycle.

NBC’s ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, according to a 2007 story on MSNBC.com.

“Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest,” it says. “Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee.

First off, MSNBC is clearly within their rights.  They set a policy, Olbermann broke it.

However, this seems a bit ridiculous.  Every night, Keith Olbemann gives the Democrats propaganda contributions that are far more valuable than a measly $7,200 campaign contribution. He toes the Democrat line completely.  Moreover, MSNBC as a news channel has lost any and all objectivity.  Their election night coverage was a ceaseless vent against the GOP.  Now they worry about their objectivity?  Give me a break.

Update: Rachel Maddow, in her inimitably smug way, decides the lesson here is that Fox News is evil because their hosts—hosts of their opinion shows—make contributions to GOP candidates.

My take?  At last Fox News quit pretending to be objective ... on their opinion shows.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/05/10 at 07:49 PM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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