Ethics: that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions. (Dictionary.com)
Â It takes a hell of a lot for MSNBC, the cable newsÂ station of NBC established in partnership with Microsoft,Â to suspend someone for violating its ethics policy.Â It’s a challenge to try to determine whether MSNBC, dubbed PMSNBC by Rush Limbaugh,Â has any ethics at allÂ considering its programming and commentators.
As the left’s response to Fox News, MSNBC has been beyond lame.Â As the left’s entry into the ethics sweepstakes, MSNBC finished as an also-ran.
Â Â However, someone has been suspended, indefinitely and without pay, for violating that vague policy.Â Â None other than Keith Olbermann, former sports maven andÂ now formerÂ political pundit in MSNBC’s 8 pm slot, the man who proved thatÂ oneÂ host was able to sink a cableÂ network almost single-handedly, has, possibly, been handed his pink slip.Â
Actually, that’s hyperbolic since Olbermann had a lot of help in that regard from such people as the raving, leftist lesbian, RachelÂ Maddow.Â As of today, though,Â Rachel is still in andÂ Keith’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” is being counted out.Â It remains to be seen if Maddow survives longer than MSNBC.Â
Olbermann got the hook forÂ his seemingly innocuous and generous nature, contributing to political candidates.Â It never occurred to Ol’ Keith that using his “Countdown” toÂ offer alleged,Â objective commentary onÂ those liberal, Democrat hopefuls seeking federal offices at the same time he was giving them political contributions, thereby endorsing them, was a no-no.
What a shocker!Â CanÂ you say “unethical,” Keithie?
Most thinking Americans may long ago have abandoned the myth thatÂ America’s media was objective, non-partisan, and fair, but even MSNBC maintains that facade in its ethics policy.Â Sometimes.
As Brian Preston on PajamasMedia.com wrote,Â coming at the end of an awesome week for Republicans and conservatives and seeing MSNBC’s “flagship guy” who was supposed to be the lib answer to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, the Olbermann news is sweet beyond compare.
As Preston concludes his article, “Olbermann is notoriously difficult to work with and for, and has a very obvious tendency to center the universe upon himself.Â Thatâ€™s tolerable if youâ€™re a winner, less so if youâ€™re not.Â And in the ratings game, he just isnâ€™t:” http://tiny.cc/4awf5Â
Sweet, very sweet, even if Olbermann will no doubt crop up somewhere asÂ vile weeds tend to do.Â Â TheÂ man who, “most of the time just came across as the little dog snipping and yipping at the big dog” and who revelled in ripping conservatives has now been ripped.Â
Life and politics canÂ indeed be sweet at times.Â
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