I have never watched Keith Olbermann. From what I gather, he is a “shouting head” on TV. I frankly don’t care what his views are, as I find high-decibel political discourse idiotic. I do, however, wonder at the tempest surrounding his suspension.
This is an easy one. His company disallows political contributions, figuring a journalist ought to be, or at least ought to give the appearance of being, neutral. He contributed to political campaigns. He got suspended. End of story.
Whether that ought to be a policy is open to debate. I do not have a strong opinion, and my particular opinion is not the issue here. Neither is yours. MSNBC, to its credit, did exactly what it should have. It enforced the rule it created. Olbermann knew the rule when he contributed.
We can only speculate on Olbermann’s motives, but we have a clear case for his lack of judgment. If you want to support political candidates, don’t seek a job with a company that disallows it.
Update: Olbermann’s suspension ends today. I wonder what MSNBC will have to say about its policy.