Keith Olbermann Back on Air Starting Tuesday

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The wrist-slap that is the MSNBC suspension of liberal talk show host Keith Olbermann will be coming to an end, the network announced last night.

Olbermann was suspended last week after news broke that he contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of two Arizona Congressional candidates -- a violation of MSNBC's ethics policies.

"After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy," MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement released last night. "We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night."


Olbermann contributed $2,400 -- the maximum amount allowed under election law -- to the campaigns of Democratic Congressional Candidates Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords, both of whom won their re-election bids last week.

In an attempt to appear objective, MSNBC's ethics policy clearly states that employees are not permitted to donate money to a campaign without the permission of the network's president.

"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest," it says. "Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee."

Olbermann never got the network's permission and paid the (ahem) price.

Why MSNBC's ethics policy regarding campaign contributions even applies to Olbermann is baffling. The idea is to promote objectivity but anyone who's seen Olbermann's show -- and his ridiculous, fear-mongering rants -- knows there is nothing objective about him. The dude's a Democrat and blames Republicans for all the ills of society.

Not to say the GOP doesn't have its own cheerleaders in the world of cable news -- FOX News' Sean Hannity is equally obnoxious in his one-sided "reporting."

In any event, fear not, Olbermann fans, he'll be back on the air spewing fear and rhetoric -- just like Hannity -- tomorrow night.


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Rhinothis
Rhinothis

Are you seriously insinuating that Keith Olbermann is spewing "fear" anywhere even close to the degree that Hannity does? They are not comparable in that regard. Rhetoric maybe, but fear?? That is owned by Hannity and his Fox clones on the right.

botanybay
botanybay

James, this is the triple-truth, Ruth!

"Concerned Citizen", you can;t see the hate in this guy's face? Olberman is no better than Hannity or O'Reilly.

NorAZAnon
NorAZAnon

Better, in the sense that he doesn't lie or distort facts the way that similar pundits on the Fox network do. Seriously, sit down with Google and start fact-checking the things that come out of Olbermann's mouth vs things that come down from Fox, and the difference in content becomes abundantly clear. Sadly, some people seem more interested in hearing the news as they want to hear it (the truth being less of a priority than comfort). Olbermann's a lefty, no doubt, and a paid opinion man, but to compare the two is inaccurate in so many ways.

botanybay
botanybay

I'm not going to sit and measure Olberman and O'Reilly's penises on the distortion-of-fact scales. Both are a pox on the field of journalism and are to be avoided. Fox News and MSNBC have both found markets (and revenue) playing to one side of a polar extreme. I only respect Fox a "tiny" bit more because they began their business by being up-front about their disdain for the over-abundance of left-leaning news organizations and their no-apologies approach to delivering content specifically for the right-wing audience. MSNBC still pretends to be centrist and neutral (which we all know is far from true). Fox's tagline "Fair and balanced" was never meant to imply neutrality. It was meant for their viewers who wanted what "they" felt was wrong...to be corrected. Their audience believes that Fox's "swinging right" IS what balances things out. And with MSNBC's current direction, I'd say they're right. CNN used to be left leaning and is bringing up the rear with Centrist coverage. But whenever money is involved, there is never a such thing as "neutrality".

MSNBC is an organization that earns it's dollars by reacting to Fox's content. How boring is that?

The entire profession of being a talking head pundit is a farce.

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Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

James King, You are also biased, as is O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck, etc. and their rants have pumped millions into electing the same old failed policies we thought we left behind.

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