Friday, November 5, 2010

NBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely for Contributing to Democratic Campaigns

The website Politico was the first to report that Keith Olbermann, host of the MSNBC television show "Countdown" was suspended indefinitely today without pay for making cash donations to the campaigns of three Democrats. One has to wonder if NBC, the parent company of the cable network MSNBC, has suddenly developed some ethics or did they find themselves in an embarrassing situation?

Olbermann's "Countdown" show, which airs at 8 p.m. ET, is MSNBC's most popular program. He was a co-anchor of MSNBC's election coverage this week.
Fox News also mentioned that "NBC News prohibits its employees from working on, or donating to, political campaigns unless a special exception is granted by the news division president -- effectively a ban. Olbermann's bosses did not find out about the donations until after they were made."

The interesting point here is that almost every word out of the mouths of these so-called television news journalists and commentators is some biased compliment for a Democrat or some slanderous attack against a Republican. So what is the difference between using their position on their television network to give on-air support for every Democrat and making a few cash donations of $2400? The on-air plugs are tantamount to political support and that is worth far more than the money Olbermann donated.

Olbermann acknowledged to NBC that he donated $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.
For several decades there has been an indistinguishable line between liberal entertainment shows like Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and The View and the various news programs such as ABC World News with Diane Sawyer or CBS News with Katie Couric. Every one of these shows always seem to have something good to say about liberal politicians and something bad to say about conservatives.

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