Olbermann suspension ignites debate

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times

Punishment of the MSNBC host over donations to Democrats has some asking if rules meant to protect journalistic objectivity apply when a channel or show lets opinions flow freely.

On the one hand, if MSNBC considers KO a journalist and he violated the policy, he should be not just suspended, but fired. But if he is simply a pundit (and a very liberal one at that), then I don’t see the problem with the political contributions. Perhaps this incident will help MSNBC clarify whether it is doing journalism or advocacy. In today’s MSM, it’s often hard to tell!

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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