The news of the day is that MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann without pay for his contributions to three Democratic candidates this election season. Olbermann is said to have violated the company policy prohibiting the talent from making political contributions. Such contributions give the appearance that the talent might have an interest that colors otherwise impartial reportage.
We all know that MSNBC — featuring Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and the other paragons of journalism that fill its on-air ranks — is full of left-wing operatives in the tank for the Obama administration. Earlier this year Mika Brzezinski confessed to “working with the White House” on talking points (regarding the Gulf oil spill). She even read the White House talking points on the air: Brzezinski made no bones about what she was doing, and no one was particularly shocked to learn that the talent was reading Democratic Party talking points on the air.
What is to be said? The Olbermann case features a joke pundit working for a joke network. It is impossible to take seriously.
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