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Friday, November 5, 2010

Olbermann joins Juan Williams?

MSNBC talker Keith Olbermann has been put on indefinite unpaid leave after it was revealed he made $7,200 in campaign donations to Democratic candidates.  This apparently violated MSNBC "ethics" rules.

Given the amount of money that Olbermann's boss, General Electric Corp.,-- and its executives -- give to candidates all the time, this sounds a bit unfair.  Presumably the "ethics" standards are incorporated by reference in Olbermann's contract.  What's odd, though, is that Olbermann's offense wasn't making political contributions, but rather making political contributions without the permission of the president of NBC News.   Supporting partisan candidates apparently is okay if they're the candidates that GE approves of?  Sounds like a strange "ethics" poicy.


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