As quick as one could count four days, the verdict is in on whether MSNBC is a network steeped in journalistic integrity or a network capitulating to the power of personality journalism - Keith Olbermann is in and MSNBC news ethics is out.
Olbermann flouted the rules and policy of MSNBC , when he made political contributions without pre-approval and it apparently was a big deal to MSNBC - albeit briefly.
- four days suspension without pay
- one pre-approved by management statement from Rachel Maddow that Olbermann should be reinstated
- one petition to boycott MSNBC
- one saccharine tweet from Keith
Sadly, Keith will never know if his one tweet did the trick or not - but one can bet he's smiling in the mirror at himself -already practicing rounding his vowels for his most humble speech acknowledging where he erred.
So there we have the final judgment on whether MSNBC is, indeed, as Rachel Maddow so eloquently implied, "better than Fox News" because of policies prohibiting campaign donations by employees, unless pre-approved by management.
How much power does personality journalism have? In Olbermann's case, one really can't overlook the 200,000 loyal followers signed a petition saying they would not watch Countdown until Keith Olbermann returned.
Following is the transcript of the statement announcing the return of Olbermann:
From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:
After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.