Here's our story on the latest on the Olbermann suspension — and how he certainly is not the only news personality to give to candidates.
Rachel Maddow talked this evening about the suspension of Keith Olbermann, arguing that the response of MSNBC was different from that of Fox.
She said, "Let this incident lay to rest forever the facile, never-true-anyway, bull-pucky, lazy conflation of Fox News and what the rest of us do for a living. I know everybody likes to say, ‘Oh, that’s cable news, it’s all the same. Fox and MSNBC, mirror images of each other.’ Let this lay that to rest forever. Hosts on Fox News raise money for Republican candidates. They endorse them explicitly, they use their Fox News profile to headline fundraisers. Heck, there are multiple people being paid by Fox News now to essentially run for office as Republican candidates."
"They can do that because there’s no rule against that as Fox. They run as a political operation; we’re not.”
Update: Brian Lowry writes, "Whatever you think of MSNBC, it's hard to ignore the fact that Fox does, indeed, march to the beat of its own drummer — one that steadfastly pursues a "narrative," as Jon Stewart has repeatedly pointed out, without really giving a damn about the ethical standards that constrain most news outfits. It might be successful, but it's extraordinarily difficult to defend unless you're blinded by partisanship."