As Williams goes, so does Olbermann

Keith Olbermann, the liberal host of MSNBC's Countdown, has been suspended without pay for violating NBC's code of ethics, which bars employees from donating to political campaigns. Olbermann

From the article:

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

I can't help but compare this to Juan Williams' recent firing from NPR after making unsavory comments on FOX News. Conservatives rallied around Williams, and he was granted a $2 million contract with FOX. Particularly, Gov. Sarah Palin claimed that NPR was at fault here for refusing to honor Williams' "first amendment rights." Like Olbermann, Williams was fired not for his views, per se, but for breaking his employer's policies. I wonder, will Palin and her acolytes rally around Olbermann like they did with Williams? If so, I'll hand it to them for sticking to their principles.

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Vince Killoran
8 years 5 months ago
I don't mean any disrespect to AMERICA or to Michael but why is this article here? This story has nothing to do with faith, religion, Catholicism, etc.
8 years 5 months ago
I think the reason some conservatives (AND liberals by the way) rallied around Williams had more to do with what they (rightly or wrongly) perceived to be First Amendment issues and perceived censorship on the part of NPR against Williams for expressing views related to terrorism and Islam.  Liberals are not usually the group who rush to defend campaign donations as the paragon of First Amendment expression, and the donation violated, as I read it, some basic journalistic ethos NOT implicated in the Williams story (he just offended a perceived political correct standard).  There's the added intrigue of NBC's president daring Fox to find the violation via Twitter.

Measured enough?  (And in my view there's a difference between breaking news and using news as a "gotcha" moment against people with whom one has political disagreements).
Thomas Farrelly
8 years 5 months ago
1. Conservatives objected to the double standard that allows some NPR "news analysts", notably Nina Totenberg, to air political opinions quite regularly, while denying this to Williams.
2. NPR is partly supported by taxpayer money; MSNBC in not.
3. I would have thought that MSNBC employees would have been required to make contributions to the Democratic Party as a condition of employment; it is quite surprising that they are not even allowed to. 
8 years 5 months ago
"I can't help but compare this to Juan Williams' recent firing from NPR after making unsavory comments"

I don't think any reasonable, measured person would think that Juan William's descriptions of his emotions were unsavory.  Especially since Williams then says that our human rationality should not allow our passions/emotions to cause us to generalize and stereotype.

This website should not bear false witness against another man such as Juan Williams.
8 years 5 months ago
And will Mr. O'Loughlin now tip his hat to these conservatives supporting Olberman?:

"MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann is ludicrous." Bill Kristol.

Paging Mr. O'loughlin.
8 years 5 months ago
Uh-Oh. Forgot 2 more:

Jonah Goldberg:

Stephen Spruill:

What's the count of liberals standing up for Juan Williams?

Mr. O'Loughlin?
8 years 5 months ago
And by the way if anybody doesn't know. Juan Williams is a hard core liberal and has been a contributor on Fox News for several years defending his liberal views.  Fox News has always had a host of liberal commentators on its shows though I haven't watched it much in the last five years.  I assume they continued that policy.

Fox-News apparently had several liberal commentators on their election coverage but Dana Millbank implied they had only one in an editorial he wrote.  I turned on Fox News for a short time on Tuesday night as I flipped back and forth from CNN and a local news station and in a total of about 20 minutes saw Juan William, Joe Trippi, Geraldine Ferraro and someone else arguing vehemently with Carl Rove so I guess he was a liberal too.
8 years 5 months ago
I have a question.  It seems silly to suspend Keith Olbermann for something everyone in the world thinks he does and could care less about.  But I thought I saw in the past some studies that tracked donations by news people and that there was a high percentage of those donations that went to liberal candidates.  So I am confused.  Maybe I read something else but that was my impression and if you had asked me this morning that is what I thought.  My only issue would have been that they should have some journalist that donate to non liberal candidates.  So when I saw that Olbermann was suspended, it seemed sort of like a non issue he was suspended for.


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