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November 5, 2010
I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin • Announcing that Keith Olbermann has been suspended for donating to three political campaigns, one of which happened immediately after he interviewed the candidate (Raul Grijalva of Arizona) on the show. While Olbermann noted that he ”did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level,” clearly that wasn’t enough for MSNBC. On Tumblr, me and Mark Coatney (formerly of Newsweek, now of Tumblr) had a little bit of a debate on all this, and while I didn’t come on Keith’s side here for ethical reasons, I honestly thought he was untouchable (and that it wasn’t bad enough to force MSNBC’s hand). Guess not. The mighty fall, too. source (via)
Kentucky Senate race: “Aqua Buddha” now a talking point
Jack Conway’s attack adWith the election coming up quickly, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky Senate released this ad designed to make Rand Paul look ungodly based on some stupid things he did back in college. To us, it just looks desperate and could hurt Conway’s campaign.
Rand Paul’s response ad While we haven’t been particular fans of Paul’s campaign, we have to admit that his ad is not only better, it takes a (slightly) higher road than Conway’s ad does. Bad move, Jack. This election is about the economy, not morals. Now Rand looks like the respectable one. source
I’m not saying Dr. Paul is crazy. I think some of his ideas are outside the mainstream … He doesn’t understand Kentucky.
Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway • Sizing up opponent Rand Paul in a debate aired on “Fox News Sunday” this morning. While Conway was emphasizing Kentucky in the debate, Paul was trying to make it a broader debate on the Obama administration’s success and failure rate. ”This is really about the president’s agenda,” he said. “Do you support it or oppose it?” Perhaps Paul should start focusing on those local issues – he lost a huge lead and is only up on Conway by a couple of points right now. source (via)
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