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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Editorial: Newscasters have right to donate to politicians

The Daily Campus - Commentary:
"As private citizens, Olbermann and Hannity have the right to contribute to whichever candidates they choose. As Olbermann himself stated, '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.'
News networks should not punish their own pundits for making political contributions in monetary form when they allow the same pundits to make political contributions verbally in opinion form. Olbermann's show, which clearly leans toward a politically liberal perspective, reaches an estimated audience of 1.1 million people a night. It is okay for him to tell over one million people on the air which candidates he supports, but it is not okay for him to privately and anonymously contribute a (relatively small) campaign contribution to the same candidates?"

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