I dispatched the following e-mail to MSNBC President, Mr. Phil Griffin in response to suspension of Keith Olbermann after Mr. Olbermann's contribution to Democratic candidates without proper authorization from MSNBC.
Dear Mr. Griffin,
I was shocked and deeply saddened by the recent suspension of Mr. Olbermann. How can MS NBC maintain its reputation as a fair news source, if it uses such methods to punish its own employees? Yes, according to you, he violated a policy by not asking permission first. Well, perhaps this is not the best policy you could have introduced. Under this rule, a check written to renew ACLU or NRA membership, or a $25 donation to Worldwide Wildlife Federation, or a contribution to support Russian Jews could be interpreted as political and used to suspend or fire someone. So, the question you must ask yourself, sir, is not whether you are trying to protect your organization from political bias, but whether you are looking for ways to assert your power.
Mr. Olbermann was never one to hide his liberal bias - so the fact that he would donate to democratic candidates should not have been a surprise to anyone, whether it was done with or without permission. Journalists have been donating money to political causes for ages - some openly, some quietly, depending on how draconian their environment happened to be.
I also urge you to look at the current political climate. The Democrats had just lost the House as well as the balance in the state Governorships. I am sure conservative news sources have no qualms bragging about their (often significant) donations to the candidates of their choice. If there was ever a time when liberals and moderates needed a word of sanity and support, that time is now. And what do you do? You strip your own broadcast of one of the most intelligent, passionate and simultaneously fact-based liberal voices in the media. If I were you, Mr. Griffin, I would not expect this to improve your ratings.
Please reconsider Mr. Olbermann's suspension, as well as your own policies, before your own reputation and that of your organization is ruined irrevocably.
Maria I. Kuroshchepova