Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” has been suspended for making campaign contributions to friends and family. His suspension, like Keith Olbermann’s will be for 2 days. Mr. Olbermann’s original suspension was “indefinite” which created a public backlash that I don’t believe MSNBC could have imagined. However, Mr. Scarborough’s suspension is going down without a peep from too many of his supporters. That might be due to the established suspension limit which was not included in Mr. Olbermann’s suspension.
Mr. Olbermann made his donations to 3 separate people in one year. Mr Scarborough’s donations were made regularly between 2004 and 2009. Something he conveniently forgot when asked by Phil Griffen. That bothers me. I’m not satisfied with the solution that MSNBC chose.
At first I thought this was fair. Two days for Mr. Olbermann, two days for Mr. Scarborough. Then I found out about the not remembering he’d done it. How do you forget giving $500 regularly to “family and friends” over a period of 5 years? How many people did he give to? I suppose that doesn’t matter.
I’m someone who believes all sides of an issue should be aired. Which means when I listen to Mr. Scarborough I give his view the same thought that I give to Mr. Olbermann’s views. That’s my way of trying to stay fully informed. Since they are polar opposites in political views they both give me a starting point to research the issues and decide for myself what I choose to believe.
Since I’m aware of the differences in their politics, I expect neither of them to be impartial in their delivery. Which frankly negates MSNBC’s policy that program hosts can’t make political donations. I’m someone who expects people to put their money and their votes where their mouths are. We live in a free country and as citizens we have that right.
A ban on that policy should be considered because, in my mind, if Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Scarborough weren’t backing up their own opinions with action, they both would lose my respect. If they were in the business of fair and impartial journalism I would think differently.
Having both given donations to the causes they believe in they both have my respect for being who they say they are and acting on it. However, I really wish Mr. Scarborough would wake up and smell the coffee and give up his Republican attitudes. In the meantime, lets just all keep calm and carry on. 😀