Our brief national nightmare is over.
STATEMENT REGARDING KEITH OLBERMANN – SUNDAY, NOV. 7
From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:
After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.
I have been torn by this “controversy.” On one hand, it’s obviously absurd to apply the standards of real journalism to a partisan blowhard like Olbermann. On the other, if MSNBC is going to pretend he’s a real journalist, I suppose he should be held to the standards of one. And when he inevitably fails to meet those standards, who am I to pooh-pooh the spectacle that ensues?
However, there is a little two-word phrase that keeps coming to mind for some reason: ratings stunt.
I wonder why.