Keith Olbermann violates NBC ethics policy with last minute donations to Democrats 

I know, I know — I think the big news here might be that MSNBC has an ethics policy. In any event, Keith Olbermann gave money to some Democrats running for office:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 — the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show.

On one hand, I’m tempted to say who cares? It’s not like we don’t know where Olbermann stands on issues or what he thinks of Republicans vis a vis his opinion of Democrats. Still, I doubt Keith Olbermann was unaware of the ethics policy when he made the donations, and making donations that close to the election the same day the candidate is appearing on the show looks really bad just as a matter of appearences.

What this really does is send a message to journalists appear on the show. You shouldn’t have any delusions about what Keith Olbermann’s goals are when you go on his show — he wants to elect Democrats.

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