Keith Olbermann: Did He Deserve His Suspension?
Great… just as I’m heading out the door with my son for a peaceful weekend in New York City comes the news that MSNBC has suspended prime-time pundit Keith Olbermann. His crime: contributing to three Democratic candidates in the recent midterm elections.
Big surprise there, right? Well, his actual crime was making those contributions without prior approval from his bosses. (That’s the in-house rule at MSNBC.) So you could say that Olbermann is the victim of PC — procedural correctness.
Numerous fellow-pundits, right and left alike, have defended Olbermann against his home network. Others have cited his hypocrisy in making those contributions after knocking Fox News, Rupert Murdoch & Co. for making huge contributions to Republicans and shilling for their agenda.
Granted, the often-pompous Olbermann needs to look in the mirror at times… but there’s a big difference between an individual pundit coughing up a few thousand dollars for three obscure candidates… and a “fair and balanced” news organization making huge donations to one political party.
With the recent wave of firings and suspensions that have roiled the mainstream media, I have to conclude that these folks are running scared… and that they’re terrified of the most minor improprieties on the part of their high-profile employees. Their response: avoid negative fallout at any cost. In the case of MSNBC, they’ll even go as far as to risk losing their number one on-air personality.
What do you think?