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Olbermann Gave To, Shilled For 3 Dems

From the Politico:

Keith Olbermann contributed to three Democrats

By: Simmi Aujla
November 5, 2010

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC’s ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 – the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show.

Say, wouldn’t this be some of that ‘outside’ money that we heard so loudly denounced by the Democrats throughout the campaign?

Grijalva, a prominent liberal who was only declared a winner in his race Thursday night, was in a tight contest against tea party-backed candidate Ruth McClung when he appeared on Countdown – one of several appearances he made on the show.

"Tight contest" has become the politically correct way of saying that the Republican candidate did not win by a large enough margin to keep the Democrats from stealing it in the ‘counting.’

By the way, shouldn’t Mr. Grijalva’s frequent appearances on Mr. Olbermann’s rant-fest also be considered a ‘contribution in kind’? Isn’t being on a TV show, even on MSNBC, quite an expensive campaign ad?

NBC has a rule against employees contributing to political campaigns, and a wide range of news organizations prohibit political contributions – considering it a breach of journalistic independence to contribute to the candidates they cover.

Fortunately Mr. Olbermann is not a journalist. We’re quite sure even his best friend – if he has one – would never consider him a journalist. Just as nobody in their right mind thinks of MSNBC as a "news organization."

Olbermann, who has become of the most prominent liberal commentators on cable television, has been a critic of the political donations made by Fox News’ parent company, News Corp., which contributed $1 million each to a pair of organizations trying to defeat Democratic candidates.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin also tweaked rival network Fox over the contributions. “Show me an example of us fund-raising,” Griffin told The New York Times last month.

POLITICO discovered the Olbermann donation to Grijalva in a Federal Election Commission filing

Naturally Politico sat on this information until after the elections, so as to not hurt Mr. Grijalva’s chances in Arizona. (Just like they would have done for a Republican candidate, of course.)

[A]nd when MSNBC was asked for a comment, it forwarded a statement from Olbermann:

“One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords,” Olbermann said. “I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky.” …

Under FEC rules, an individual donor may only give $2,400 to a candidate per general election campaign. The FEC filings for Olbermann’s contributions list an address that is a Mailboxes Etc. storefront in New York, and it also lists his occupation as a newscaster for NBC Television.

MSNBC declined to comment on Olbermann…

A 2007 MSNBC.com story laid out the rules for the network regarding such contributions:

"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee.”

Still, this doesn’t compare to Juan Williams appearing on Fox News.

News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, came under fire from liberals during the past election cycle for its contributions to the Republican Governors Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

On October 7, Olbermann had House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on his show to discuss the donations. At one point, he asked Clyburn: “Is there a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable-news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party?”

If it weren’t for his hypocrisy, Mr. Olbermann would have no principles at all.

Giffords had appeared on Olbermann’s program in May, as did Conway. During his more recent broadcasts, Olbermann also made frequent references to the “Aqua Buddha” controversy involving Conway’s Republican Senate rival, Rand Paul, who election handily Tuesday

On Oct. 28, Grijalva went on Olbermann’s show and fielded questions about a story linking profit motives of private prisons to Arizona’s new immigration crackdown. It was the sixth time Grijalva had appeared on Countdown in a little more than the past six months.

Grijalva not only opposed the immigration law — known as SB 1070 — but inadvertently put himself in electoral jeopardy by calling for an economic boycott of his own home state in response, a move that didn’t go over so well with cash-strapped Arizonans…

And yet Arizonans elected him anyway. Or rather, they didn’t stop him from stealing the election.

Still, we are conflicted as to what should be the fate of Mr. Olbermann. On the one hand we would like to see him removed from his perch simply because he is a propagandist, a well-poisoner — who hates this country with every fiber of his spittle-flecked body.

But on the other hand, this pompous buffoon has probably done more for the conservative cause than any other person not named Barack Hussein Obama or Nancy Pelosi or Harry ‘Pinky’ Reid.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Olbermann Gave To, Shilled For 3 Dems”

  1. proreason says:

    Well, if we didn’t already know it, we now know with absolute certainty that any election within 2% is subject to being stolen by the thugs. And if the number of voters is low, it can be an even larger percentage. It would take a book to list the ways they do it, and it still wouldn’t cover all the bases, because a lot of what they do isn’t widely known.

    Someday soon, we are going to put a stop to that….with prejudice.

    In the meantime, it needs to be built into our planning.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Someday soon, we are going to put a stop to that….”without” prejudice.
      There……..hope you don’t mind pro.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    I’m shocked that MSNBC canned him – imagine ethics from a liberal (and in the Obama tank) media outlet.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    Steve – this needs an update. He’s be suspended indefinitely without pay. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40028929/ns/politics-decision_2010?gt1=43001

    Pardon me while I go laugh my arse off for a while.

    • BillK says:

      Yeah – indefinitely in this case likely meaning no more than a week or two, until they get hurt in the ratings and/or get enough complaints from their core audience.

  4. Chase says:

    They’ll surely not come up in the world, but will find someone just uglier, less likeable, mean, coarse and malignant.

    Or just expand Maddow’s slot….same difference.

  5. David says:

    While I have zero respect for the man, this is a ridiculous violation of his first amendment rights by his employer. He should be able to shell out cash just like anyone else, in a private yet legally traceable way. I am guessing he did it to “fight the system” and be reinstated as the vindicated victim. The real issue is the non-reported in-kind contributions Steve mentioned. Although it would be difficult to find the line between what amounts to a political contribution and what is a legitimate interview. Safe bet would be to call any face time a politician gets an in-kind contribution.

    • Diane says:

      Actually, it isn’t, David. MSNBC hasn’t yet succeeded in making itself a branch of the Federal government, so they’re free to restrict the speech of their employees in any way their black little hearts desire.

      That having been said, I honestly don’t see the problem here. Mr. Olbermann is a “journalist” only in the sense that he probably keeps a diary – I picture him writing to Hello, Kitty every night after his show. He’s a commentator. It’s not like his political leanings are any secret. If he wants to contribute to Democrat candidates, then let him. I wouldn’t want him stopped any more than I’d want Sean or Rush stopped.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    Well well well, Keith, “Cornell” Olbermann is another “Do as I say, not as I do” liberal eh? Who would have thought….

    You should NEVER get rid of embarrassing liberals like him and Robert Gibbs. People are so annoyed by them, that they do more harm than good. Get rid of John Stewart, who is actually popular.

    If Ted Kennedy and Robert “KKK” Byrd can’t be shamed out of office, (40 years / 58 years respectively) then I am sure this incident will be off the radar by tomorrow’s news cycle.

  7. Mae says:

    Does anyone recall a story that came out several years back that K.O. had an office rule: if you saw him in the hall or anywhere on the job, you were not allowed to speak to him? He had to initiate the conversation is how I remember it. Simply not a rational man under any circumstances.

  8. canary says:

    Olbermann should be fired. MSCBS is defending their putting him on leave, and trying to smear Hannity with tabloid deceiving headlines. MSCBS must not pay well, by the caliber of their hosts. To promote the news they push, they only have morons good at being morons.

  9. BillK says:

    I told you it wouldn’t take long.

    From a cheering Associated Press:

    MSNBC says Olbermann will be back on air Tuesday

    By David Bauder

    NEW YORK— MSNBC says Keith Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday, ending his suspension for violating NBC’s rules against making political donations after two shows.

    MSNBC’s chief executive Phil Griffin said late Sunday that after several days of deliberation, he had determined that two days off the air was “an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy.”

    The left-leaning cable network’s most popular personality acknowledged donating $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. NBC News prohibits its employees from making political donations unless an exception is granted in advance by the network news president. In this case, Olbermann’s bosses didn’t know about them until being informed by a reporter.

    “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night,” Griffin said in a statement.

    Liberal groups had taken on Olbermann’s suspension as a cause. An online petition calling for his reinstatement, run by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, had exceeded 300,000 signatures Sunday, and Michael Moore had tweeted his support. The committee’s Adam Green said Griffin was repeatedly e-mailed updates on the petition drives.

    Progressives proved that when one of our own are targeted, we will have their backs,” he said.

    Left unanswered is the question of why Olbermann would do something he undoubtedly knew would be provocative, or whether he was trying to make a statement against NBC’s policy. He did not immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment Sunday.

    On his Twitter page, Olbermann wrote: “Greetings from exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug.” …


    Once again, his suspension lasted a whole two days.

    Can you say “PR stunt?”

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