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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
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The answer is, it does not matter because it is nothing new, and it is a little hypocritical for his employer to take the action taken. In case you are wondering what tangent I’ve set upon and what destination I crave, I’m trying to figure out how Olbermeister (Keith or is it Heath, never paid that much attention) AKA Olbermann’s suspension is relevant to anything or his action in contributing a total of $7200 to three Democrats before the general election is actually meaningful. My point is, he gives the Democrats what could be considered far more contribution with his shill and shrill hounding of the Conservatives and Tea Party when he opens his little house of horrors each show night and continues to slice and dice them throughout the show. CNBC and the Associated Press has managed to put a little something together, which is I’m sure, is supposed to assuage his progressive fans. Let’s look in:
MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay for contributing to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates this election season.
Olbermann acknowledged to NBC that he donated $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grivalva and Gabrielle Giffords.
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 website Politico first reported the donations.
We find this action extremely disingenuous for reasons already stated or alluded to above. And this kind of action in the Progessive media is heard or read across the board, including the medium NPR which we all pay for directly through voluntary contributions, or through federal appropriations. We suppose MSNBC’s managers don’t watch their own programming, if the contributions came as some sort of surprise in their minds. You can hear and hurl at Olbermann and the rest of MSNBC’s Progressives, day-in and day-out, but they were especially obnoxious the evening of the general election and beyond; although Ms. Bachmann rattled Chris Matthews’s tingle in response to one of his slash-mouth questions:
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s chief executive, said Friday. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
Olbermann was not immediately available for comment.
His “Countdown” show, which airs at 8 p.m. ET, is MSNBC’s most popular program. His on-the-air transformation from the host of a straight news program to a liberal commentator led the network itself to go in the same direction, filling its prime-time lineup with left-leaning hosts and doing better in the ratings than anytime since its 1996 launch.
Olbermann was a co-anchor of MSNBC’s election coverage this week. The network’s performance drew some criticism, particularly with Chris Matthews’ contentious interviews with Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn.
FoxNews beats MSNBC at every turn of the ratings tally and their parent company, News Corp has made substantial contributions to conservative candidates. They have been criticized for their contributions, but they seem not to travel the crooked-path of the hypocritical when speaking to their reasons for contributing to people who support the idea of business … big or otherwise.
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A flap of the cap to CNBC and Associated Press for their story.