BREAKING – Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC For Political Donations
Matt | On 05, Nov 2010
Nowadays, it seems that cable news anchors are dropping like flies!
This time it is Countdown‘s Keith Olbermann of MSNBC that is in hot water with his network. He was recently discovered to have donated to three Democratic candidates this past election cycle. This is a major no-no in the “news” business.
As a result, Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely WITHOUT pay from the network . They are not playing with that ass.
Here’s the deal for those that don’t know. “News” organizations [a very loose term today] are supposed to act as the independent media outlets they were created to be. Employees, anchors, reporters, producers, and anyone else affiliated with the networks are not allowed to show partisan support in the political process. It can cause a conflict of interest with news coverage.
In Olbermann’s case, he could have really played nice with the three candidates he donated to instead of hammering them on issues where they may be weak. This can affect the entire news operation, especially when you have many employees whose beliefs fall all across the political spectrum.
At least in the short term, Olbermann can lounge around the house and catch up on errands. That never hurt anybody…
[This is a BREAKING story, so we’ll keep you updated as we learn more].