I wrote about Keith Olbermanns' suspension by MSNBC last week. Well, it's happened again and this time the disciplinary ax has fallen on right of center host of the MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Joe Scarborough.
In my previous blog post I argued, since Mr Olbermann was not a 'NewsMan' and not expected to be evenhanded, he should not be held to the same standards as someone who is a serious journalist. And again I have to be clear here. With few exceptions the talent employed by MSNBC lack the requisite journalistic credibility to be subject to such inane ethical rules.
I like Joe Scarborough! I think he is one of the most moderate voices on TV and I attempt to watch him every morning. He at least allows me to choke back the rising bile that I feel when his co-host Mika Brzezinski takes the helm. But...and again here I am repeating myself...The entire show is based on opinion and conjecture. With the exception of Maria Bartiromo and Mike Barnicle, everyone who sets foot on the Morning Joe set is an opinion maker and as such should be allowed to give to and support whomever they please.
MSNBC is trying to use the wrong yardstick to measure their talent. If they want to be a news organization then by God be a news organization and hire the right kind of people and program the right kind of topics. And by God hold them to a higher standard.
But if you want to broadcast opinion and entertainment, go all the way, hire Jerry Springer and set aside a couple hours in the evenings for wrestling and ultimate fighting.
But for crying out loud don't expect us to put with the rank hypocrisy that is your 'guidelines'!
FREE JOE SCARBOROUGH!!!!