Putting Olbermann’s Donations in Perspective

Steve Benen provides some much needed context to what will most certainly be an overblown right-wing reaction to Keith Olbermann’s donation disclosure.

But before Olbermann’s critics get on their high horse, a little context seems appropriate. The MSNBC host donated a total of $7,200 in checks to help three candidates. He did so in his personal capacity; he disclosed his contributions; and did not encourage others to support these campaigns.

At the same time, News Corp made multiple undisclosed donations to the Republican Governors Association, totaling at least $1.25 million, in addition to a $1 million contribution to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its pro-Republican election-year activities. Fox News has helped GOP candidates raise money on the air; Fox News personalities are featured guests at Republican fundraisers; while other Fox News personalities continue to help generate financial support for Republican candidates now, even after the elections.

UPDATE: There is a grassroots movement to Bring Keith Back on Facebook. Head over and give it a ‘like’ and join the growing numbers of people making their voices known to MSNBC’s Phil Griffin.

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