Friday, November 5, 2010
Keith Olbermann, host of the prime time MSNBC political commentary "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," has been suspended indefinitely without pay for not declaring donations to three Democratic candidates, including Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Reps. Raul Grijvalva and Gabrielle Giffords. They're not hilariously high donations (relative to US donations) at $2,400 for each candidate, so there's nothing really bad about it, except that he went against company policy. For that, he gets punished, and rightly so.
The second I hear any blathering from right-wing hosts about how bad Olbermann is to do so, I'd kindly ask them and anyone else to look into any donations they've made towards the Republicans or other political parties. The reality is that most of these folks donate, actively support, and court political parties. It's not something new. It is of course hypocritical for Olbermann to attack any other hosts on the basis of their contributions, though in all honesty, that would be true for anyone.
Mind you, I'd still give Olbermann the benefit of the doubt compared to the "Fair and Balanced" approach of some folks.