Joe Scarborough Suspended By MSNBC For Two Days Over Campaign Donations

November 19, 2010

It is so amusing to see MSNBC act like they are legitimately unbiased

Done in by the same slime on the Left he often defends:

Fans of Keith Olbermann who were upset that he was suspended by MSNBC President Phil Griffin over campaign donations often pointed to similar donations made by Joe Scarborough as an example of unfair treatment. Well it appears that the treatment is now fair according to a Politico report that asserts that Scarborough has been suspended for two days for similar contributions.
Writing for Politico, Kenneth Vogel Reports:

MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president. “I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter,” Scarborough said in a statement. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions,” said, adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions, he called MSNBC president Phil Griffin “and agreed with Phil’s immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.”

The suspension appears to be a direct result of reporting efforts by Politico, who had sought comment from MSNBC after Politico had found “evidence that Scarborough gave at least five separate previously unknown $500 contributions while serving as an MNBC host. Scarborough last tweet before this news broke? “Keep Calm and Carry On:


Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TV

November 10, 2010


Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TVThis YouTube video reminded me that I was the person who introduced Keith Olbermann to America.
Keith was a sportscaster at the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles at the same time I was doing a talk show for that network. I thought Keith was pretty funny on the air, and I suggested we have him come on the show and talk sports. This was the first of several appearances he made on the show, and he always did a nice job.
Keith tended to wear out his welcome at stations and networks, and he bounced around to several places before he found his niche at MSNBC. When he first went on the air there, he was actually quite entertaining. He was wry and amusing, and he looked at the news at a kind of cockeyed angle that I enjoyed.
I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did. I liked the guy, and he was always a good guest. Maybe it’s just show business and trying to find a place in it and building an audience, but I don’t know. We were never friends away from the show, so I can’t even guess what drives him.
I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned, Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regrets it. I liked the Keith Olbermann of 1989. This tape reminded me that I miss him.

via ricochet.com
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Conservatives Point Out Hypocrisy of NBC

November 9, 2010

But we all knew MSNBC was biased.  Everyone knew MSNBC was biased.  The Corporate News unspeakable code is one of bias as long as you don’t point it out… because pointing it out was what MSNBC and CNN held against FOX NEWS… but now it appears that FOX NEWS was the better transparent system.  This is also what happened to Rick Sanchez.  CNN had no problems with AntiSemites… they just don’t want a blow hard like Rick Sanchez pointing the bias out.  The same thing happened to Olbermann… but Olbermann will survive because when the Corporate frame committee came they didn’t stick him with any untouchable Mel Gibson like theatrics.  

Keith is furious about the way this has all been handled and insisted that MSNBC bosses apologize to him before he would agree to return,” a network insider tells me. “Keith sees himself as the star of MSNBC, the person who put them on the map and discovered fellow network anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. To be treated like this by the network he helped shape, he considers disgusting.

Keith also demands to be allowed to contribute to political campaigns like FOX News anchors can. 

Keith Olbermann finds an unlikely comrade in Bill Krystol:

First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting.  Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.
Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations. GE executives and, I’m sure, NBC executives give money. Why can’t Olbermann?
Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC—otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now.   But there’s now a Republican House, and perhaps GE is trying to curry favor by dumping Olbermann?  Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!

also the legal blog Volks says that it is hard to see where Olbermann was not transparent

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image courtesy of Roger at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical


Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations

November 6, 2010



MSNBC host Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, after a two program suspension for contributing to Democratic candidates during the 2010 election in violation of NBC News policy.
But the debate over what standards should apply to cable personalities who cover politics is likely to continue as the distinction between news and political organizations continues to blur.

“Neither Fox nor MSNBC is really a news organization, at least not in the traditional sense,” American Journalism Review editor Rem Rieder wrote Friday on his blog. “They preach to the converted, they fire up the base.”

MSNBC is saying that he broke their rules. 
More likely he was costing the company money with his ratings
via msnbc.msn.com

Republicans of the world,
show you believe in the
free expression of opinion!
Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—
keep Keith!

I find this exceedingly silly. Keith Olbermann is not shy about his personal views, and no one who has watched him has any doubt as to who he supports. Why he should be suspended for donating money to the candidates he supports is a mystery to me.

via volokh.com


Keith Olbermann: since 911 Muslims have been at a far greater risk of being victims of terrorism then have non Muslims

August 21, 2010

False: According to the FBI 1,606 hate crime offenses motivated by religious bias in 2008:
* 65.7 percent were anti-Jewish.
* 13.2 percent were anti-other religion.
* 7.7 percent were anti-Islamic.
* 4.7 percent were anti-Catholic.
* 4.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
* 3.7 percent were anti-Protestant.
* 0.9 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.

(Based on Table 1.) via fbi.gov

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goodbye MSNBC

December 1, 2009
sold to comcast