KO KOd over moolah to Donkey? Bah-humbug (UPDATED)

So let me get this straight: Keith Olberman, the left-wing lunatic anchor at MSNBC, can go on the air night after night and denigrate, demonize, dehumanize any Conservative of his choosing as “The Worst Person in the World,” yet NBC draws a line at his contributing to politicians’ campaigns he’s had on his show.

Networks tend to prohibit their straight journalists from doing this because they wouldn’t want them to appear biasednow, would they, yet this is what gets KO suspended without pay? For a change, I’m on KO’s side on this one – as many, many people have pointed out on the netz this morning, KO might be an asshat, but at least he’s straightforward about it. I think it was Jonah Goldberg who asked: does this really make you change your mind about Keith Olberman? From Mediaite:

Blowback to the political donation is immediate, and shocking.

Statement from Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:

I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.

More coming, obviously.

Good grief.

UPDATED

Bill Kristol, like many on the right, is standing up for KO:

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?

Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC—otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now.

But there’s now a Republican House, and perhaps GE is trying to curry favor by dumping Olbermann?

Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!

 

 

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One Response to KO KOd over moolah to Donkey? Bah-humbug (UPDATED)

  1. Eric says:

    I agree it is a stupid reason to suspend him. So stupid, in fact, that I think there are other issues behind it. Campbell Brown at CNN routinely doubled Olbermann’s viewership in the same time slot. She resigned earlier this year because “not enough people watch my show.”

    Maybe MSNBC just got tired of waiting for Olbermann to face the music and do the same thing, so they drudged this up and are giving him an opportunity to quit over it (as of now he has just been suspended, not fired), rather than being fired for having such poor ratings. He gets to save face and in return they are reliefed drom having to pay out the rest of his contract.

    That makes a lot more sense to me than punishing Olbermann for displaying partisanship… sheesh.

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