In suspending Mr. Olbermann, MSNBC, a favorite of liberals, appeared to be trying to differentiate itself from the Fox News Channel, a favorite of conservatives, which does not discourage employees from making personal donations to candidates or political causes. Fox’s parent company, the News Corporation, came under fire from Mr. Olbermann and others in recent months for donating $1.25 million to Republicans. One of the top hosts on Fox, Sean Hannity, contributed thousands of dollars to two Republican Congressional candidates this year.
On Friday night, the MSNBC host Rachel Maddow made the difference between the two explicit, citing Mr. Hannity’s contributions, saying: “We are not a political operation. Fox is. We are a news operation. And the rules around here are part of how you know that.”
Sunday, November 07, 2010
MSNBC suspends Olberman
Keith Olbermnan has been suspended by MSNBC for making contributions to politicians. Over at FOX, however, hosts like Hannity also make contributions to politicans, but not one blinks. The reason: