Just another blow to democrats after Tuesday is the suspension by NBC of the most popular host on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann. Liberals are taking to twitter going crazy with calls for petitions and calling MSNBC,
Now I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of Keith Olbermann as stated plenty of times on this blog and elsewhere and I stopped watching his show years ago. However, I am completely understanding of what liberals must be going through. There’s really no one else like him, that speaks for the hardcore liberal base. I have mixed feelings,
First, the argument against NBC seems to be one of, “Why suspend him when Fox News hosts have blatantly donated to republicans!”. Well, the truth is that, NBC has higher standards than Fox News. I don’t even like this argument because it seems to put Fox News and NBC in the same category as “news media” when clearly Fox News is not real news, but mainly propaganda for republicans.
Next, Keith Olbermann shouldn’t have donated to campaigns without getting permission first. MSNBC policy states,
If a contribution, monetary or otherwise, to a candidate or group with a political or social agenda could create the appearance of a conflict of interest due to the employee’s responsibilities at MSNBC.com, the contribution must receive the prior approval of the section Executive Producer or Editor in Chief. Any participation in a political campaign must be reported to the employee’s immediate manager.
Which is why the argument of saying, “Joe Scarborough made contributions too” is ineffective. Maybe he got approval?
But, what about NBC? He is clearly a staunch liberal, are they just now realizing this? Why the harsh treatment? Clearly this gives the impression that someone at NBC does not like Olbermann. Simply taking him off the air for a week, no pay would have been sufficient punishment.
Also, NBC may want to keep journalistic integrity among their journalists. The problem is that Keith Olbermann isn’t a journalist, just like Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity isn’t a journalist. They are commentators that just happen to have their own shows during prime-time. I believe there should be very different rules for real journalists and commentators when it comes to contributions. I also don’t think the public, even teabaggers, are dumb enough to believe the Keith Olbermann and Sean Hannitys’ of the world are real journalists that have ever showed unbiased integrity.
My prediction is that Keith Olbermann will come back next week or the week after with an on air apology. He will also likely cry in the process. But, I don’t think he will lose his show. Unfortunately for MSNBC, they don’t get as good as ratings as Fox News and they can’t afford to lose Keith Olbermann. He created his job security by being a sane voice in the political talkshow realm and gaining a huge audience with great ratings. MSNBC losing Keith Olbermann will only leave them with LOCKUP….and that only airs late nights and on the weekends where their only base audience will be a bunch of rednecks, old ladies and some bored teenagers.
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