Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fair Play for Keith Olbermann

Keith OlbermanIt looks like my next to favorite liberal to hate, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, is getting canned for partisan political activity. He has been suspended without pay. His offense is that he made political contributions to three Democratic candidates — Kentucky senate candidate Jack Conway who lost his election to Rand Paul and two Arizona House members.

His political contribution violated an NBC policy that states:

Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee.
What a joke! Keith Olberman never had any standing as " an impartial journalist." I have never considered him impartial nor a serious journalist or a news reporter and I doubt anyone else has either. He is a spokesman for the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party. He is an advocate for a particular point of view. He is no more an "impartial journalist" than is Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh. When one watches Keith Olberman, one knows what one is watching, just as one knows what one is watching when one watches Rachel Maddow, my favorite liberal to hate.

These people are not mainstream. They don't even pretend to be mainstream. They are not deceiving anyone. They don't even pretend to be fair or impartial. Their nightly hours of TV broadcasting are nothing but liberal propaganda and left wing opinion. Why not let them contribute to the causes they believe in? What is the harm?

I am more concerned about the so-called serious journalist of the main stream media (liberal media? lame stream media? drive-by media?) who pretend to be fair and impartial than I am those who openly advocate leftist positions. I think I know the politics of people like Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson. I would like to know who they contribute money to. It is time to let them come out of the closet. It is time to end this silly pretense that journalist are impartial observers. I would like to let everyone show their bias.

To allow Keith Olberman to have several hours a night to attack Republicans and promote Democrats and then fire him because he contributes money to Democrats is the height of hypocrisy. Keith Olberman deserves to keep his job.

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  1. His is one of the few shows that attract more than 40 viewers. Don't be surprised if he returns.

  2. A 2 day suspension. Way to stand tough MSNBC.