He’s back! Tuesday night, but the big question of the day remains: Should Keith Olbermann have been suspended by MSNBC?
Big answer of the day: Hell, no!
Look, I do think the best policy is for paid performers on radio and television not to make any political contributions. That, in fact, was the rule at CNN when I worked there, as co-host of “Crossfire.”
But Olbermann should have been given the chance to say: I’m sorry. I made a mistake. I didn’t know about the policy. Or I forgot. And simply be admonished for it. Without suffering the public humiliation of being suspended indefinitely and without pay.
What makes Olbermann’s punishment so especially unfair is the gross double standard in cable television. He gets suspended for writing three checks, while – as documented by Media Matters and Think Progress – Fox News anchors and commentators write countless checks, hold fundraisers, and even raise money for candidates – while supporting those candidates on television. Dick Morris even has his own PAC!
The same rule about no contributions should apply to everybody on television and radio.
That’s my parting shot for today.