Friday, November 5, 2010

NBC News Says that Olbermann is a Impartial Journalist? Olbermann Suspended

NBC News has suspended Keith Olbermann without pay for giving political donations to democrats during this last election cycle.  There has been some controversy going on around the blogosphere about his hypocrisy for blasting Fox News for giving money to the Republican Governors Association. 

OK, below is the NBC News policy on political contributions: 

Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.  Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee.

In what universe would Olbermann be considered an impartial journalist?  He in no way hides his far left views.  This is like being surprised that Hannity  or Rush voted for republicans on Tuesday.  It makes no sense. 

What I find more disturbing is the fact that NBC is putting him in a category as a journalist.  He is nothing more than liberal hack that spits out far left views on his show that is not exactly a ratings blockbuster. This is a man who was heard laughing in the background during an "interview" that Chris Matthews was performing with Congresswoman Bachmann on election night.  He isn't a journalist and NBC News trotting out this policy as a statement to justify it's suspension has to make one think what type of organization are they running if they call this man a journalist.  It is just further proof that the News needs to be removed from NBC News.   The people of this country should be very afraid if Olbermann is now what we are calling impartial journalists in this country.  This is not something to celebrate, no matter what you may think of Olbermann and his views. 


Anonymous said...

I'm just glad to see him go!

RightKlik said...

Is this a ratings stunt?

Opus #6 said...

The most shocking part of the whole thing is that they thought he was impartial to begin with. What a joke. I bet his ratings were low and they were waiting for an excuse to can him. Now they can do it, point at their policies, and hopefully not get sued.

The Conservative Lady said...

I bet Olber-moron is back to work in a week or so. This is probably just a trick by NBC to look "fair & balanced". It won't work. George Soros probably pulls their strings, too.

Just a conservative girl said...

I don't think that this has anything to do with ratings. Since they have come out and said that they are left leaning, the ratings have gone up. So, I am not sure what the reasoning behind this, I just think that it is wrong. He should be given his job back or fired for a real reason.

Malcolm said...

Although I am a Keith Olbermann fan, I don't consider him impartial. Journalist is a bit of a stretch too. In my eyes, he is a pundit/commentator. I would compare him to people like Hannity and Beck, but that would be an insult to him.

If he knowingly broke NBC's policy, I think the suspension was justified. However, it isn't clear that he did know. Whatever the case may be, I am looking forward to hearing what Keith has to say when he returns. Speaking of which, I'm sure you've all heard the great news... Keith has been reinstated at MSNBC! He'll be back on the air Tuesday, Nov. 9th. I know you guys are thrilled that Keith will be back.

Just a conservative girl said...

Many on the right didn't think he should have been suspended for this. The policy specifically states journalist and he isn't one. While I think he is crazy, we want him right where he is.

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