Friday, November 19, 2010

Joe Scarborough goes to the wood shed for campaign contributions

Looks like another MSNBC talent is suspended for dabbling into political campaigns without permission from the bosses.

Joe Scarborough, one time elected official himself, made several contributions to political candidates he was friendly with over the last few years. In light of the Olbermann debacle, MSNBC management apparently feels it must crack the whip in an effort to look fair and balanced (hmmm..).

Scarborough responded with a letter of apology:

 It was recently brought to my attention that I made political contributions over the past several years that are not consistent with MSNBC's guidelines. These contributions were to close personal friends and family members and were limited to local races. 

Despite the fact that these races were local and not relevant to my work at MSNBC, I have been told they violated MSNBC guidelines.

I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter. I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.

I gave a number of $500 contributions to my brother and three longtime family friends. These contributions were nothing more than simple acts of friendship. I gained nothing personally, politically, or professionally from these donations.

To be blunt, I had no interest in their campaigns other than being kind to longtime friends.
Because the contributions involved local, non-competitive races--and were given for personal rather than political reasons--I mistakenly believed I did not need approval from MSNBC. I also apologize for that oversight.

After learning of this situation, I called Phil Griffin and agreed with Phil's immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.

I am proud to work for the NBC News family. There is nothing more important than maintaining the integrity of its highly respected brand.

I apologize to Phil Griffin, Steve Capus, and my colleagues. This will not happen again.

No matter how hard they try to distinguish or separate themselves from it, MSNBC will always be seen as a the left's version of Fox News. They need to deal with it and go even further in my opinion. Now that may not solve anything in terms of how the news is disseminated and journalistic integrity but it will make their viewers and fan base feel better.

And they can start by broadcasting news programming for a FULL 24 hours.

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