In case you haven't been following the drama, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was suspended Friday for violating NBC News policies by donating to three Democratic candidates, two Arizona congressional candidates, and Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway. No one particularly understands why MSNBC cares. Even the incredibly conservative Weekly Standard was baffled by MSNBC's decision.
Politico broke the story, and this inspired Politco's media reporter, Keach Hagey, to do an analysis of the situation at MSNBC. This was before the station announced that Olbermann would be back on the air tomorrow.
Doing an overview of a situation like this can make your article blur the line between news story and opinion piece, and I honestly couldn't decide if it was opinion or not the first time I read it. Then, after re-reading it, I realized that she never goes into first person, asks rhetorical questions, or anything that would inject some sort of impartiality into her story, so the only way that's left for her to show bias would be to not show both sides of the story, a temptation that she never gave into, as the following quote from her story shows:
The debate throws into sharp relief the difficult balancing act that MSNBC has been trying to pull off with its new identity. On one hand, the network has aggressively moved to court progressives with its new branding campaign “Lean Forward” and eyebrow-raising decisions like assigning an all-liberal panel to cover the midterm election results Tuesday.
But on the other, it remains tightly bound to its straight-news network sibling NBC, with which it shares both talent and management, and for which its liberal identity is a cause of concern.
In these grafs, Hagey shows the main problem with the Olbermann situation, and does so without injecting any of her own opinion. She just gives the facts, something essential when trying to remain objective when writing an article like this.