Huffington Post reported Friday that MSNBC president Phil Griffin suspended Keith Olbermann releasing the statement, “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
Olbermann defended his donation, saying, “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”
Later reports clarified it was not the contributions that were at issue, rather that Olbermann did not clear them through management before making the contributions, as required by MSNBC policy for all news employees.
Double Standards & False Equivalencies in the Cable News Business
This is a long one folks (19:33) but WELL WORTH it. Olbermann outlines the exhaustive list of just about every congressional Tea Party candidate across the country and their fruit loop plans for America.
Not mentioned in the following video is Idaho’s Tea Party candidate Raul Labrador who is attempting to unseat conservative democrat Walt Minnick. Labrador has still not explained why he appeared on extremist Bryan Fisher’s AFA Radio show in late May where on the air, Fischer reportedly refereed to Labrador, as his “good friend”.
What I want to know is, does Labrador hate Muslims and gays like his good friend Bryan Fischer?
This is utterly dangerous to our democracy and as Keith so eloquently put it:
By Jody May-Chang ©2010
Bryan Fischer is well-known in Idaho. To some he is a hero of “family values,” but to many he is a living, breathing example of what is wrong with America. Fischer is the pitchman for contempt and the poster boy for intolerance. The man’s obsession with and hatred of homosexuals is well documented, but recently he has been gaining national attention.
Fischer’s visceral scorn for gays was rarely, if ever, challenged by the Idaho news media that ran to him for a quote as if he was the anointed representative of all that is Christian in Idaho. He was essentially considered a “balanced” voice to oppose gays in Idaho.
Fischer is now climbing into the national spotlight to brand homosexuals and others who don’t fit into his narrow view of the world as threats that should be locked up or perhaps even executed. This past year, he was hoisted into the national spotlight when he was included in MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person segment for his xenophobic rant that called on banning Muslims from the serving in the U.S. military following the Fort Hood tragedy.
More recently Fischer has been calling for the national criminalization of homosexuality, comparing gays to everything from IV drug users to murderers. This fact was brought out by Fox News’s Alan Colmes who called out Bryan Fischer on is daily radio show.
Colmes did what no reporter or editor in Idaho had the common sense, guts, or journalistic integrity to do when it came to Bryan Fischer â€“ Colmes held him accountable for his words and pressed him with hard questions! Continue reading
In Keith Olbermann’s famous Worst Persons segment tonight the bronze was awarded to Worstâ€™s regular gas bag Rush Limbaugh for trying to blame President Obama for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killing 13 and wounding 30 at the Fort Hood tragedy last week.
Then much to my delight, my favorite news man slams the former Idaho Values Alliance Executive Director and bigoted, homophobic, fraud, Bryan Fischer. (left)
“This is Dr. Hassan’s fault,” says Olbermann, “the rest of the world was trying to be patient enough to find out what the hell Hassan thought his motives were, and then try him in court, but not this idiot Limbaugh or these knee jerk racists like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association who called for a purge of Muslims from the US military. They are busily trying for the Jack Ruby route.”
If you really want to know what kind of a wing-nut Bryan Fischer really is, below is a suggested reading list. My buddy H. Lukas Green and I regularly exposed this lying fraud over the last few years on our other news site PrideDEPOT.com.
Bryan Fischer & The Idaho Values Alliance
As Executive Director of the Idaho Values Alliance’s (IVA), Bryan Fischer, used IVA as a platform to spread lies, bullying and spew anti-gay propaganda to influence memebers of the Idaho State Legislature, Idaho Law and the public on legitimate LGBT civil rights issues. This teabagger, regularly calls LGBT people Nazis, fascists, child molesters and believes hate crime legislation protecting LGBT people from violence would actually protect pedophiles.
- Right-wingers, Lies & Videotape; Deconstructing Bryan Fischer
- Boise Non-Profit Spews Anti-Gay Hate Propaganda
- Faith-Based Hate Speech Pollutes Idaho
- Hate is a Lifestyle Choice for Bryan Fischer
- Twisted Logic:
- Idaho Hallmark shop owner will special order same-sex cards
- Fischer dehumanizes trans murder victim Angie Zapata
- Is Bryan Fischer obsessed with homosexuals?
- Boise media falls for Fischer publicity stunt
- Fischerâ€™s crying game hits new propaganda low