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The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann made a remarkable statement last week, as he assailed Roger Ailes yet again as "worst person":
But our winner, Roger Ailes of Fixed News, announcement tonight, his boy, Sean Hannity, will deliver the keynote address at the National Republican Congressional--excuse me, the National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising dinner next month. This is not a job for anybody on a news channel.... No actual news organization would permit its people, even its commentators, to assume such purely partisan political fund-raising roles. This organization, rightly, would not even let me address an ordinary non-fund-raising gathering of some Democratic senators. Those are the news rules. And if Mr. Ailes does no honor them nor obey them, as he never has, he should be relieved of any news responsibilities, or his employer should admit that he is purely a political operative. Roger Ailes of Fox, quote, "news," unquote, today's worst person in the world.
Yawn. Another Olbermann attack on the news channel that beats him like a rug night after night. But what does this have to do with Steve Capus? Follow...
Herr Olbermann insists that no news organization would permit its commentators to indulge in such vulgar political activity, even if they are clearly opinionizers. But wait. Wasn't that Harold Ford Jr, MSNBC commentator, speaking at a political fundraiser last year? And more than once?! Hmm, that doesn't make MSNBC News honcho Steve Capus look very good in Olbermann's eyes.
And didn't Joe Scarborough, MSNBC program host, also get involved in partisan political campaigning? Why yes, he did. And what's more, MSNBC signed off on it, stating:
Joe Scarborough hosts an opinion show and is not a news anchor.
Wait, isn't that exactly the same situation as Sean Hannity's? And isn't MSNBC taking the exact same position as Roger Ailes? It doesn't seem like that position has changed any over the years, since just a few months ago Joe was out speaking at another fundraiser. Apparently Steve Capus is violating Olbermann's "news rules"!
But wait, there's more. Edward R Olbermann claims MSNBC won't let its commentators get involved in partisan activities (despite the evidence of Harold Ford, Joe Scarborough, and who knows how many others). And yet, Keith is a regular blogger at Daily Kos, a website whose stated partisan purpose is to elect Democrats and defeat Republicans. And as for fundraising, Olby's been there, done that too.
So let's apply Krazy Keith's standards to the actions of his own boss. Steve Capus, who purports to run MSNBC (we know who really calls the shots), is permitting commentators to assume "partisan political fundraising roles", adopting the same position as Roger Ailes--something that "no actual news organization" would ever do. What's more, Capus is ignoring the Edward R Olbermann "rules of news", which means he should be "relieved of any news responsibilities".
The conclusion is inescapable. By the standards Keith Olbermann himself enunciated, MSNBC is not an "actual news organization", and Steve Capus should be fired. Yesterday, if possible.
Discuss, resolve, and then recap. Comments are open!