Hypocrisy on behalf of NBC and Phil Griffith, exposed in this Politico piece:
"At the time, a spokesperson for NBC, Jeremy Gaines, replied to questions sent to Scarborough. "Yes, he did make a donation to Derrick Kitts. Kitts is an old friend of Joe's. Joe hosts an opinion program and is not a news reporter." Scarborough recently began writing a column for POLITICO.
Liberal bloggers pounced on the handling of the Scarborough case in 2006 as a double-standard compared to Olbermann's suspension. Jed Lewison at Daily Kos wrote: "The bottom line here that both Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough both host opinion shows. They both made personal contributions to political candidates. But Olbermann supports Democrats, and Scarborough supports Republicans, so even though Olbermann is the network's top-rated host, and even though Scarborough hides his ratings sheet in a little box in the basement, it's Olbermann that gets silenced."