It isn't a conflict of interest, and if MSNBC and FOX would just be honest with themselves and the public, this whole thing would already be yesterday's non-news - actually, it wouldn't have been any news at all.
FOX is the voice of conservatism in America right now. Nothing is going to change it and I'm not even sure it should. The most dishonest thing about FOX is its slogan: Fair and Balanced. It isn't, and that's OK. Why don't they just plain man up and admit it.
MSNBC, for better or worse, is what the liberals have at the moment. Nobody with half a brain (e.g., conservatives) could be one bit surprised that Olbermann gave money to a couple of democrats. In fact, the shocking thing to me is that he made so few donations. Come on, Keith - put your money where your BIG FAT mouth is.
Journalism would be far better served by using this situation as an opportunity to define what the real MSM is - and the best way for real journalists to distinguish themselves from from the pundits at FOX and MSNBC right now would be to say, "Hey, it's fine if you guys engage directly in the political game because you AREN'T reporters. You're interpreters and commentatators and opinionators and cheerleaders and henchmen - but you ARE NOT journalists. No way, no how."
And while we're at it, let's bury the myth that there is a liberal bias or a conservative bias to the mainstream media. Bias, like beauty, is in the eye (mind) of the beholder. It would be far simpler to call FOX 'The Republican Network' and MSNBC 'The Democrat Channel' and let the real news machinery get back to churning out the News and Nothin' But.
And that's all I have to say about that.
[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (11/5/2010)]