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Olbermann Fallout

Friday, November 05, 2010 - 04:19 PM

MSBNC suspended Olbermann without pay for donating money to three Democratic candidates. (msnbc.com)

Reaction to Olbermann is mostly falling along traditional partisan lines:

Some are merely shrugging off the fact that a news anchor actively engaged in politics.

“Who did people think he was going to give money to…the Tea Party,” asked Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Others are using the opportunity to continue their criticism that certain media outlets are underperforming because of their emphasis on opinion journalism.

“He’s a hack and considerably more biased than anyone on Fox,” said Alex Carey, a spokesman for the New York State Republican Party. “Typical of MSNBC and indicative of why that network’s ratings are so low.”

Mark Green, the former president of the liberal Air America Radio, said he was "surprised at the suspension." But Green, an outspoken progressive and figure in New York Democratic politics, added, "Obviously MSNBC hosts are Dems and Fox hosts are R's -- so no one should be scandalized if they personally donate [but there] should be two dividing lines when it comes to private donations."

Green - who has clashed with right-wing news outlets before - added this unprompted shot at Fox's parent company:

"WHILE it was awful when Newscorp gave a few million to GOP party arms, probably not smart to include Fox in this analysis since they're so openly an arm of the RNC and their hosts so obviously lie for a living," said Green.

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Comments [1]

Monika Shaw

Everybody hates Olbermann, so there's nothing to contribute on that score. He does have some talent and appeal, but not as a hotheaded blowhard with all the subtlety of an Iron Curtain dictator. No, the real question is why MSNBC chose this time and flimsy pretext to unload him.

Nov. 06 2010 02:28 PM

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