Keith Olbermann Debates Political Donations by Journalists with Howard Kurtz

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By Alex Weprin

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann held a debate about political donations by employees of media companies. Olbermann hosted Greg Mitchell, the “Media Fix” blogger for The Nation magazine, and The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, who of course also hosts “Reliable Sources” on CNN.

Kurtz argued that journalists and commentators should not donate money, nor raise money, for politicians. Mitchell argued that it is a matter of perception, but that the road to outrage was paved years ago, when straight journalists were encouraged to appear on cable news and go online to give their take on the day’s news.