As we told you earlier, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald raised some red flags about Public Strategies, Inc.’s Richard Wolffe guest-hosting MSNBC programming, saying: “Having Richard Wolffe host an MSNBC program — or serving as an almost daily “political analyst” — is exactly tantamount to MSNBC’s just turning over an hour every night to a corporate lobbyist.”
Wolffe is an MSNBC contributor who filled in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown” last Thursday and Friday. Apparently, MSNBC did not disclose Wolff’s connection to Public Strategies.
On the Daily Kos later this evening, Olbermann wrote:
As to Richard Wolffe I can offer far less insight. I honor Mr. Greenwald’s insight into the coverage of GE/NewsCorp talks, and his reporting on Richard’s other jobs. I must confess I was caught flat-footed. I do not know what the truth is; my executive producer and I have spent the last two months dealing with other things (see above) but what appears to be the truth here is certainly not what Richard told us about his non-news job.
I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us. I apologize for not being able to prevent this unhappy set of circumstances from developing.