MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann!

Keith Olbermann was not forthcoming about campaign contributions he made to several Democrats. So,he has been suspended from MSNBC indefinitely without pay. He violated a NBC News rule against donating to candidates from either party.

The reasoning behind this NBC News policy is that “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Since when has Keith Olbermann passed himself off as an “impartial journalist?!!

He practically screams liberal on every show. Who are they kidding? Do you think that they are suddenly worried about impartiality because the country just voted a bunch of conservatives back into office? And MSNBC is just as synonymous with liberal progressive as Fox is the synonym of conservative.

Don’t fire him.Reinstate Keith Olbermann. I like to have his viewpoint in juxtaposition to Glenn Beck’s opinions. One thing that makes me like America is the political discourse that our citizens engage in. Keith Olbermann’s voice is an important part of that discourse. Whether you like him or not.

Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times:

“As Politico, which broke the story, reported Friday, Olbermann gave $2,400, the maximum legal donation, to Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva on Oct. 28, the same day Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show. There’s no way that should happen, for the very reasons stated in NBC’s rules against employees contributing to political campaigns–it’s a breach of journalistic independence to contribute to the candidates that you’re covering.

Not objectivity, since no one is arguing that Olbermann is objective, but independence. How can we, the viewers, possibly expect Olbermann to ask a candidate the toughest possible questions if he’s giving him money at the same time? Or even worse, it could be perceived as pay-to-play: I give you money, you appear on my show. The same goes for Fox News, which now has a host of leading 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls all serving as paid on-air contributors. When I see them being interviewed by Fox newsmen, that exchange looks a lot more like media back-scratching and self-promotion than journalism.

The Olbermann mess simply highlights the dilemma MSNBC faces as it plays second fiddle to the Fox News juggernaut. If it wants to be a liberal advocacy network, fine, then it can reinstate Olbermann and start shaping the news to benefit liberal causes, the way Fox does on the right. But if it wants to be taken seriously as a real news network, then it should make Olbermann serve a suspension, make sure its other anchors understand the rulebook and, most important, say loud and clear: Unlike our competition, when we say we practice independent journalism, we really mean it.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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