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Even while broadcast pundit after broadcast pundit, not to mention the owner of News Corps, the parent company of Fox, at the behest of Ohio governor-elect, John Kasich, make small and ginormous political contributions, Keith Olbermann gets an indefinite suspension from MSNBC over three.

I hope this brings Jeff Coryell out for a guest post.

Sigh. We were so ahead of our time, weren’t we? Or something.  Like Jeff Jarvis says, just disclose and forget about it.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:34 pm November 5th, 2010 in Ethics, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Scandal, Transparency, Writing 

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One Response to “Wide Open Déjà vu All Over Again As Olbermann Ousted Over Political Donations”

  1. 1 Ed Esposito on November 5th, 2010 7:37 pm

    The issue is more than just having an opinion, it also hinges on the policy of the employer. I agree with disclosure over limitation — in my experience everyone has opinions. Journalists are human beings; the audience deserves to be aware of their mindset in weighing credibility. Not having an opinion is certainly not something I’d value from someone who’s job it is to pursue a story regardless of where it leads. It does play a role in determining fair treatment, however. In Olbermann’s case, he violated a strong policy of employment as a journalist. He’s more than just a commentator or analyst — and looked good in a tux picking up an Edward R. Murrow Award for his writing last month in NYC.

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