A lot of people are talking about Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC so I've decided to weigh in. Olbermann, the host of Countdown, was suspended for making political donations to three Democratic candidates without permission from the head of the news division.
My opinion is Olbermann broke the rules and should be punished. The left is complaining because Sean Hannity, a host for FOX News, has apparently donated thousands to Republican candidates and hasn't gotten into trouble. FOX News does not discourage such donations. MSNBC does and so it's clear Olbermann broke the rules. Even if he didn't violate any policy, Olbermann should have disclosed on the air that he made those donations, especially because he interviewed some of the recipients on his show. I feel Sean Hannity should also be made to disclose his contributions if he interviews his recipients on his show.
As journalists, it's a big no no to get involved in politics whatsoever. I don't donate to political campaigns. I don't go to political rally's, unless I am working. You will never find a political sign outside my home. You could make an argument that Keith Olbermann and Sean Hannity are not journalists. They are talk show hosts/commentators. I don't think anyone is surprised that Olbermann is a liberal, or Hannity is a conservative. The problem is Olbermann has anchored MSNBC's election-night newscasts so it wouldn't surprise me if people confuse Olbermann as a journalist. To FOX's credit, the network does not allow commentators like Hannity or Bill O"Reilly anchor on election night. The lines are so blurred these days. That is why I think Olbermann's punishment was appropriate. He should have known better.