Friday, November 05, 2010

Olbermann suspended by MSNBC

In a post titled MSNBC suspends Olbermann over political contributions, notes

Olbermann, a liberal commentator, gives his opinions each night on the air. But NBC News editorial staffers -- like journalists at most news organizations -- are forbidden from giving to political candidates. Also, Olbermann anchored election coverage Tuesday night without disclosing that he'd given to candidates who were running for office.

By punishing the network's biggest star, Griffin showed how little tolerance there is for hosts to make undisclosed political contributions while covering those political races.

The interesting aspect is that Olbermann's track record of political favoritism had not created a problem at MSNBC, but the moment money was involved, MSNBC had a hair trigger.

In the realm of scientists writing articles about areas in which they have a financial (patent) interest, journals have been more lax than MSNBC.

Of Olbermann's bias, see previous IPBiz post:

On going "one-on-one" with Tom Brokaw, like being interviewed by Captain Kangaroo


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