Keith Olbermann Suspended Without Pay for Donating to Arizona Congressional Campaigns

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Keith Olbermann: Making Sean Hannity seem sane since 2003.
Since our earlier post about MSNBC's most obnoxious liberal commentator, Keith Olbermann, and some controversial donations he made to the campaigns of two Arizona Congressional candidates, MSNBC has suspended the Edward Murrow wannabe indefinitely and without pay.

News of Olbermann's suspension came in a one-sentence statement from MSNBC TV President Phil Griffin earlier this afternoon: "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."


Olbermann donated the maximum amount allowed by law, $2,400, to the campaigns of Democratic Congressional candidates Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.

MSNBC has a strict policy about employees donating money to political campaigns. It basically says employees can't contribute to a campaign without permission from MSNBC brass.

Olbermann released a statement to Politico, which first reported the story, saying he decided to contribute to the campaigns "after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona."

"I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level," he said in the statement.

Unfortunately for Olbermann a 2007 story on the MSNBC Web site clearly says that MSNBC employees are not permitted to donate money to political campaigns without the consent of the president of NBC News, Steve Capus.

"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."

It's unclear when -- or if -- Olbermann's suspension will be lifted. But it's probably safe to assume the folks at Fox News -- who Olbermann blames for all the ills of society -- are celebrating a brief victory in the war for cable news supremacy.

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The Klute
The Klute

The same president whos' trying to faciliate a deal between Universal and Comcast, the same Comcast whose president said he will definately trying to inset himself into changing the editorial decisions of MSNBC?

Yeah, I do think they'd gin something extra-legal to make sure a multi-billion dollar goes through vs. a million dollar lawsuit.

And I still don't get James King's position on this. Remove Olbermann from the airwaves, great. Who's going to step out now to bring on politicans like Raul Grijalva to speak publicly against SB1070, who's going to make it a national issue?

CNN? Fox (oh, right, they will, and they'll stamp on the tongue of anti-SB1070 mouthpieces like, oh, say Village Voice Media LLC)?

Apparently it's super-fashionable to attack Olbermann for being voiciferous, but then the same people who bash Olbermann will then plaintatively wail to the heavens "OH WHERE IS OUR VOICE? WHERE IS OUR O'REILLY?!!?"

Let's all make signs and sign parodies of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the Senate gallery and THAT'LL get our point across.

Fucking Christ.

rguillory
rguillory

So who's going to break it to FOX news that they need to be suspended for giving millions to the GOTP?! Anyone? Bueller?? (Please let it be me - the hypocrisy/double standard should be glaring enough for anyone to get why this is SUCH a stupid issue/move on MSNBC's part.)

Just me
Just me

Klute, So your saying an un-named "source" says oh those rules don't apply to MSNBC. But the president of MSMBC, whom I'm sure checked if for no other reason but getting their asses sued for suspending LoudMouth, doesn't know what he is doing. I thnk NBC/MSNBC are a waste of airwaves, but I've got to belive before suspending one of their (and the far left's) poster children he would make sure he was in the right.

The Klute
The Klute

According to Gawker Media, NBC's rules don't apply to MSNBC:

http://gawker.com/5682789/nbc-...

But I'm sure the good friends of Reichskanzler Pearce and Joe Arpaio at Fox are happy.

Which apparently makes the New Times happy? I'm not getting it.

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