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MSNBC Fines Scarborough for Campaign Donations; Democracy Safe

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough (photo: WEBN-TV via Flickr)

Well, this is a relief:

MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president.

Democracy is now safe. Neither Keith Olbermann nor Morning Joe, who are real persons/citizens, can contribute insignificant, puny amounts to political campaigns without asking their daddy’s permission.

Meanwhile, the advertising sponsors of NBC/MSNBC programs can blatantly launder hundreds of millions of dollars through Karl Rove and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And NBC/MSNBC will continue to take millions from Chevron, AT&T and Citi, etc to sponsor their news/commentary shows, while continuing to claim they believe in unbiased, objective reporting about global climate change, net neutrality and media concentration and financial regulation.

These people make my cynicism look Pollyannish.

Also, today’s reading is from Matthew 7:3

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MSNBC Suspends Scarborough for Campaign Donations; Democracy Safe

Well, this is a relief:

MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president.

Democracy is now safe. Neither Keith Olbermann nor Morning Joe, who are real persons/citizens, can contribute insignificant, puny amounts to political campaigns without asking their corporate daddy’s permission.

Meanwhile, the advertising sponsors of NBC/MSNBC programs can blatantly launder hundreds of millions of dollars through Karl Rove and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And NBC/MSNBC will continue to take millions from Chevron, AT&T and Citi, etc to sponsor their news/commentary shows, while continuing to claim they believe in unbiased, objective reporting about global climate change, net neutrality and media concentration and financial regulation.

These people make my cynicism look Pollyannish.
Also, today’s reading is from Matthew 7:3

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