NEWSFLASH … LIBERAL BIAS MSM TYPES DONATE TO LIBERAL DEMOCRATS …
Olbermann suspended from MSNBC for violating ethics and standards. Wait a minute, MSNBC has ethics and standards, since when?
MSNBC has supended Keith Olbermann indefinately for making campaign donations in violations with NBC’s ethics policies. Olbermann was suspended without pay by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. Olberman supposedly violated NBC’s ethics policy that bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News. Oops, but of course the rules apply to others.
Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for making donations to three Democrats in violation of NBC’s ethics policy.
“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. NBC’s ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News.
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.
Does MSNBC think that Olbermann donating money to politicians would pose a conflict of interest? Does MSNBC brass think that the campaign donations showed a liberal bias? ARE THESE PEOPLE SERIOUS?All one would have to do is watch Keith Olbermann’s cable show, if one could stomach it, to see the conflict of interest and liberal bias tat takes place every night. Or as the Jawa Report states, wouldn’t a Olbermann commentary simply show the conflict?
However, one has to wonder what Keither Olbermann was thinking? Why would he think he was above the law in not disclosing who he had given campaign donations to his superiors and public. To not do so and have these very people on his show is a journalistic no no. Even the folks at the Huffington Post are scratching their heads at Olbermann’s actions.
So will Keith Olbermann make himself “the Worst Person in the World”. That is if he still has a job.
One also has to speculate whether the MSNBC reaction and suspension of Olbermann is a backlash to the poor media critique that MSNBC received for their disasterous and pathetic 2010 election coverage?
Bill Kristol of “The Weekly Standard”makes a rather compelling defense for Olbermann. And as much as I think that Olbermann is a clown, I have to agree in mant respects with Kristol. Olbermann is not a news man, he is nothing more than than an opinionated liberal with a microphone.
First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting.
Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.
Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations. GE executives and, I’m sure, NBC executives give money. Why can’t Olbermann?