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  1. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    05 Nov '10 19:42 / 1 edit
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    During coverage of the US mid-term elections, Olbermann was one of the network's key presenters.

    "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," Mr Griffin said, according to a statement quoted by the Huffington Post.


    Now, I'm not about to shed any tears for Olbermann, whom I've always considered one baby step up from a whining three year old crying about how he doesn't have enough toys on the air. But the policy of not allowing political contributions is absurd. Does anyone for a second even pretend that Olbermann is "neutral" or "unbiased"? He's never pretended to be and no one who has ever watched him for 5 minutes could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
  2. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    05 Nov '10 19:55
    Originally posted by sh76
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    [quote]The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    Du ...[text shortened]... es could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
    OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!
  3. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    05 Nov '10 20:12 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sh76
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    [quote]The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    Du es could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
    If he didn't like the rules at MSNBC, he didn't have to work there. The organization has decided that it is inappropriate for those giving political analysis to give campaign contributions to candidates who they might possibly analyze on-air; this certainly seems like a rational decision to avoid conflicts of interests and appearances of impropriety.

    Maybe FoxNews will pick him up as it did that other "victim", Juan Williams.
  4. 05 Nov '10 20:15
    I think this is a little odd from such a blatantly biased network such as MSNBC. Perhaps it's a publicity stunt to try and seem like they are not a partisan network. Fair and balanced?
  5. Donation bbarr
    Chief Justice
    05 Nov '10 20:31
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    I think this is a little odd from such a blatantly biased network such as MSNBC. Perhaps it's a publicity stunt to try and seem like they are not a partisan network. Fair and balanced?
    Maybe MSNBC should take a page from the Fox playbook, and hire all those unelected Democratic candidates as commentators.
  6. Subscriber Sleepyguy
    Reepy Rastardly Guy
    05 Nov '10 21:28
    It's a bit late for MSNBC to be worried about appearances of propriety, especially where Keef O. is concerned. Maybe they just want to give his time slot to Alan Grayson.
  7. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    05 Nov '10 21:36
    Originally posted by Sleepyguy
    It's a bit late for MSNBC to be worried about appearances of propriety, especially where Keef O. is concerned. Maybe they just want to give his time slot to Alan Grayson.
    How so? Do you consider it a breach of propriety for a commentator who's not on FoxNews to spout a political ideology?
  8. Subscriber Sleepyguy
    Reepy Rastardly Guy
    05 Nov '10 21:57
    Originally posted by no1marauder
    How so? Do you consider it a breach of propriety for a commentator who's not on FoxNews to spout a political ideology?
    Not at all. It's just that Olbermann is completely laughable - a dishonest and ridiculous hack MSNBC was trying to pass off as a "news anchor". Firing him for "impropriety" after all this time is kind of like jailing Capone for tax evasion.
  9. Standard member telerion
    True X X Xian
    05 Nov '10 22:59
    Originally posted by sh76
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    [quote]The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    Du ...[text shortened]... es could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
    Yeah that is pretty dumb. It's obvious MSNBC is trying to be the liberal version of FoxNews.

    Come on, Mr. Griffin. Stop pretending to be a real news organization or have "standards.""
  10. 05 Nov '10 23:46
    Originally posted by telerion
    Yeah that is pretty dumb. It's obvious MSNBC is trying to be the liberal version of FoxNews.

    Come on, Mr. Griffin. Stop pretending to be a real news organization or have "standards.""
    You'd think Olbermann would know better -- if Bill O'Reilly had gotten caught donating money to GOP candidates, Olbermann would've spent an entire show on it - so much steam would've poured out of his ears that they would've had to evacuate the studio.

    I understand that MSNBC wants to be the "liberal" network. The problem is that it seems like they spend all their time making fun of Tea Party people or Fox people or Rush Limbaugh. Or else its all about some horrible thing Boehner or McConnell said. Okay, so maybe it's the same sort of thing Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity does, but why stoop to their standards?

    The problem with politics is that very rarely does anyone try to give you a positive reason for why you should vote FOR them or FOR something they're proposing. It's all about making everyone afraid or angry. No wonder people don't seem to trust anyone involved in government.

    So perhaps now, MSNBC can look for at least one host who will focus on getting people excited about progressive plans or ideas. Someone who will never mention the name of anyone who works at Fox or Rush Limbaugh. Or pretty much anything the Tea Party is doing. Forget them. Leave the comedy routines to the professionals like Stewart and Colbert.

    Okay No1, I agree with you now. It's stupid for those on the left to waste so much time worrying about every single little thing that those on the right are doing. Come up with positive ideas that people like and focus on that.
  11. Donation rwingett
    Ming the Merciless
    06 Nov '10 00:03
    Originally posted by sh76
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    [quote]The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    Du ...[text shortened]... es could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
    Biased? I don't see it. He seems pretty neutral to me.
  12. 06 Nov '10 01:13 / 1 edit
    Always funny when "news" networks like MSNBC pretend to have standards. And how does one accumulate $2,400 when one hosts a show that no one watches?
  13. 06 Nov '10 03:48
    Originally posted by sh76
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11702720

    [quote]The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

    The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

    Du ...[text shortened]... es could harbor the possibility that he is. Who cares if he contributes to campaigns?
    If you ask me they were just looking for a way to get rid of him and maybe find someone who can bring in some decent ratings.
  14. 06 Nov '10 09:25 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by whodey
    If you ask me they were just looking for a way to get rid of him and maybe find someone who can bring in some decent ratings.
    MSNBC doesn't even care about ratings. They've made a conscious decision that they're going far left, and if they go down, they go down.

    MSNBC would never hire someone that a lot of the country would actually watch. The farther left they go, the more their ratings tank. But it doesn't matter to them. They know they're not where the country is... they don't care. They're not trying to talk to the people in flyover country that make this country work. They're talking to their cocktail party friends in DC and New York

    http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/11/04/cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-november-3-2010/70891

    And yeah, this was the day after election day, but that doesn't matter. Fox's prime time lineup destroys the other so-called news networks night after night, month after month, year after year.

    Most of the country isn't impressed when Chris Matthews asks Michelle Bachmann if she's "hypnotized". That was done for the folks in DC and NY.
  15. 06 Nov '10 14:18
    Originally posted by TheBloop
    MSNBC doesn't even care about ratings. They've made a conscious decision that they're going far left, and if they go down, they go down.

    MSNBC would never hire someone that a lot of the country would actually watch. The farther left they go, the more their ratings tank. But it doesn't matter to them. They know they're not where the country is... the ...[text shortened]... chelle Bachmann if she's "hypnotized". That was done for the folks in DC and NY.
    I find it interesting how both liberals and conservatives love to bash rich people.

    liberals, of course, go after the people with large bank accounts - but the main targets are big banks and Wall Street.

    conservatives, on the other hand, go after the wealthy people who attend cocktail parties in DC and New York - but the main targets are big banks and Wall Street.

    and the funny thing is that after the elections, the government's policies end up benefitting the big banks and Wall Street. Why is that?

    as for Bachman looking like she was hypnotized. It's a very familar look. It's called grinning and spinning (while never answering the question you were actually asked). Most politicians (in both parties) do it so often that many of their faces have become frozen into that expression. And they will keep doing it as long as the American people accepts it.

    So forget about the cocktail party circuit. Ask your next door neighbor why he found it acceptable when Bachman didn't answer the question about wanting to investigate Congress to root out unpatriotic people. Is she ashamed of something? Why didn't she just say "yes, that's what my plan is - that's what the people want."