MSNBC host Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations

by on November 5, 2010 · 11 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Election, Media

Keith Olbermannmsnbc / November 5, 2010

Msnbc TV host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely on Friday [November 5, 2010] for making campaign donations to three Democratic congressional candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy.

The announcement came in a one-sentence statement from msnbc TV President Phil Griffin: “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.”

The donations were first reported by the Politico website earlier in the day.

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What role did Comcast play in Keith Olbermann’s Suspension?

Petition to MSNBC to bring back Olbermann

tip o’hat to nunya

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie November 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

This is bull pucky! Olbermann is one of the best TV commentators on the air.


nunya November 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

“While NBC News policy does not prohibit employees from donating to political candidates, it requires them to obtain prior approval from NBC News executives before doing so.”

Sound like a pissing contest to you?


Steve November 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hmmmm? Wonder how Roger Ailes of Faux News would have handled this if he caught one of his lackeys making donations to the Repubs??


RB November 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm

News? Ethics? Journalism?
This is just crazy talk from another era.


dave rice November 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’d be curious to know how frequent it is that staffers apply for, and receive, permission from the network president to make political contributions…


Leave them Be November 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Just like that person who burned the Quran in New York, this is lame.

People should have a right to do, or donate what they want, to who/what ever they want. There was a poll on the link nunya provided. Will he resign? I say no and why should he?


Chris Moore November 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It’s MSNBC corporate politics IMO.

They were trying to become the liberal Fox, but liberals don’t respond as well to the ideological-echo-chamber approach, and their ratings haven’t improved.

Now they’re trying to appear nonpartisan again by cracking down on Olbermann.

Looks like a publicity stunt.


nunya November 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

What role did Comcast play in Keith Olbermann’s Suspension?

Petition to MSNBC to bring back Olbermann


Frank Gormlie November 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

nunya, thanks – I’ve reposted those links in the main article above.


Frank Gormlie November 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

MSNBC has re-instated Keith, particularly after …. “Olbermann’s fans spent Friday deluging MSNBC with phone calls and e-mails, Maddow said during her show. By Sunday, more than 200,000 had signed a petition to reinstate him organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.


jettyboy November 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

Back on Tuesday so I read


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