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Saturday, November 6, 2010
MRC Cheers Olbermann Suspension, But Defended Fox News' Donations
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center has long despised Keith Olbermann, and when MSNBC suspended Olbermann over donations he made to Democratic candidates, the MRC was quick to pile on.

MRC president Brent Bozell issued a statement:

Keith Olbermann is officially the Worst Hypocrite in the World. He rails about a ‘national cable news outlet’ that ‘starts to donate to partisan groups of one party,’ then does exactly that.

But it begs a bigger questions: why did it take NBC so long? This man has been using his perch as a newsman at MSNBC to promote a radical left-wing and hate-filled agenda for years. And they fire him over three contributions? NBC needs to review its own policies.

(By contrast, Bozell asserted that NPR's firing of Juan Williams showed that it was "kowtowing to the agenda of radical anti-Americans like CAIR, and doing the bidding of George Soros, who hates Fox News with a passion.")

Over at NewsBusters, Tim Graham highlighted the alleged hypocrisy of Olbermann's donations given his "grandstanding on the need for national legislation to restrain a 'national cable-news outlet' for donating to federal candidates." And Noel Sheppard was offended that Rachel Maddow "point[ed] numerous fingers at Fox News personalities that have made their own political donations," huffing that "mounting a defense for her friend by pointing out that folks did the same thing at a rival network with a different employee code of conduct was irrelevant."

Of course, unmentioned by all at the MRC was the fact that it defended in increasingly logic-defying ways the $1 million donation by Fox News' parent, News Corp., to the Republican Governor's Association.

Sheppard's taking refuge in corporate policies -- because it's not prohibited, it's OK no matter what ethics dictate -- may very well be the lamest defense yet.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:35 AM EDT

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