...is an ethical lapse. And what one South Dakota news anchor did was a breach of ethics.
It baffles me that the anchor would appear to be almost defiant of his actions, which led to a suspension. But perhaps Shad Olson is laying the foundation for a departure from journalism and an entry into politics? Mind you, I don't know that, but as I read between the lines from his comments in the link referenced above I see a man who is ready to jump into the political waters.
The other possibility is he wants a job at FOX News.
There's nothing wrong with either of those scenarios, and there is certainly nothing wrong with him having a set of political convictions. But he needs to decide who he wants to be -- an advocate or a journalist.