The Double Standard
MSNBC needed to leave Keith Olbermann alone
Keith Olbermann's situation is not like that of Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Georgiana Vines who was removed from covering now-State Senator Stacey Campfield's campaign because of a conflict of interest. Vines is required to at least feign impartiality because she is acting as a straight journalist, one of the reasons for E.W. Scripps Company's policy on it's employees not being allowed to be involved in politics. The world knows where Keith Olbermann stands, and though this writer does not share Olbermann's views at all, he not only has the right to publicize those views in this country (just as the rest of us have the right to publicize ours), but more power to him if he can get NBC Universal to pay him to do so. When NBC News hired Olbermann, they knew exactly what they were getting-an unabashedly liberal Democratic commentator. It is neither realistic nor fair for MSNBC to hold Olbermann to a standard off the air that they do not already hold him to when the cameras are rolling.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, News Media, Political correctness, Republican Party