Olbermann Off: Journalists are limited when it comes to politics. That’s the price we pay for our profession. You won’t see me taking part in a rally opposing abortion (or one supporting abortion rights). You won’t see me voting in a primary (people can try to surmise to which political party you belong if you vote in a primary. Of course, just because you vote in a primary, doesn’t mean you always vote for that party. But, that’s neither here nor there). You also won’t see me writing a check to my favorite politician. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann apparently got caught writing checks to some Democratic politicians. Now, he is off the air. Is that fair? Is Olbermann a journalist? Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines journalism (journalist is described as a person who practices journalism, so we’ll skip ahead here…)
jour·nal·ism noun \ˈjər-nə-ˌli-zəm\
Definition of JOURNALISM
1a : the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media b : the public press c : an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium
2a : writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine b : writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation c : writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest
I’m looking at the last definition under 2a…the part about “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation” .
Clearly, we can all agree Olbermann adds his own interpretation, opinion, etc., to his work. He is not a “reporter”. So, since everyone knows his political bias, should he be exempted from NBC’s policy regarding political contributions? It’s not like Lester Holt just got nailed for doing it (which, of course, would be personally devastating with my whole professional man-crush on Lester and all…). What do you think? Should Olbermann get a pass on this? Should be stay suspended until he apologizes? Should he get canned?
Tie Problem: Is there a 12-step program for ties? I’m kidding, of course. And I’m not trying to make light of people with serious addictions. So, I say this all in fun. But, perhaps, I do have a problem with ties. I just cleaned out 10 from my closet. And it’s tough to tell. Not sure what it is about ties. But I just can’t get enough of them. I have probably gotten rid of 40 ties or so the past 3 or 4 years. I don’t even want to admit how many I still have. Here are the discards. Anyone need a tie?