Olbermann suspended indefinitely without pay for Democrat contributions

by editor on November 5, 2010

UPDATE: This just in from CNN.com:

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s primetime firebrand host, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

“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,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever watched his show, but MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann kicked in cash to the campaign coffers of three different Democrats just before the election. And it may have been against the rules at NBC.

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Can't keep it quiet, Keith. Campaign finance disclosure documents reveal the truth.

Politico.com has the details of the donations:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 — the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show.

… NBC has a rule against employees contributing to political campaigns, and a wide range of news organizations prohibit political contributions — considering it a breach of journalistic independence to contribute to the candidates they cover.

He’s impartial. He’s independent. He’s unbiased. He’s totally full of shit. And now he may be unemployed.

Source: Politico.com, CNN.com

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careypeak23

This is all staged for ratings. No one cared about him until now. He is a nobody. This makes him even more deep and mysterious. Its a joke.

connor
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connor

i dont think this little stunt of his could help his ratings

KimmyQueen
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That being the case no one will care about him in a couple more days perhaps. I bet you anything his ratings are still atrocious.

greatj
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greatj

M.S.N.B.C.
Marxist –
Stalinist –
National –
Bolshevik –
Channel –

Matthews,Maddow,Schultz,O’Donnell are so happy that Olbermann is coming back that they all changed their panties.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

This was weak. But there is an upside, this makes MSNBC look like even more of a joke then they are now. That takes some doing.

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UPDATE: Keith Olbermann’s suspension to be lifted

Keith Olbermann’s suspension from msnbc television for donating to three Democratic campaigns will end this coming Tuesday, NBC announced Sunday night.

Olbermann was suspended indefinitely Friday for violating NBC News rules about donations.

(Msnbc.com, a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft, also has a policy against its journalists contributing to political campaigns.)

In a statement released Sunday evening, Phil Griffin, president of msnbc television, said he had deliberated about Olbermann’s status for several days.

“I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” Griffin said. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.

On his own Twitter account, Olbermann broke his silence about the suspension on Sunday. “Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO,” he wrote.
The anchor was likely referring to an online petition calling for his immediate reinstatement, run by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, exceeded 250,000 signatures.

redabogado
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redabogado

Pretty much confirms the “publicity stunt” theory.

KimmyQueen
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Uhm… dunno… if it took a petition for him to be reinstated it may have not been a stunt it may have been a move to get him out of the way still twarted by progressives (who knows maybe even Soros may have had something to do with it). I will give this a few more months (when does Comcast take over?) and see if there is another attempt to get him off the hair by something he does or says. If Comcast takes over and he hasn’t been removed then it is solidified that something else was happening here (stunt or just a convuluted way to get Fox News discredited).

alien
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Lazy. It doesn’t confirm anything

Dan
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Dan

Several DU friends are claiming that his suspension has more to do with Comcast purchasing the network. They’re thinning out the progressive ranks. I can’t see how that even begins to make sense.

KimmyQueen
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You can’t…? Think PROFITS. He is worth 8 millions that they could save and/or provide to someone else who will garner double or triple or quadruple that in ratings and advertisement. If Comcast is behind it and they are thinning the progressive herd, then it means that Comcast is not an ideological company like GE and are look at the bottom dollar like any appropriate capitalist company does.

YT
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YT

Holy shit! Does this mean I have to shoot heroin? Holy crap I thought he might cry on air but never this.

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copter1

I think Joe is on to something. British rag The Guardian already made the point in its story about Olbermann:

“The Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, according to the Salon website, gave $5,000 to a political committee that supported Michele Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman and Tea Party favourite. But Fox, unlike MSNBC, sees no conflict of interest.”

They subtly label Olbermann an anchorman, while Hannity is a commentator — a huge difference, but one that will be lost on the left.

One other thing: in his statement, Olbermann says “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.” Uh, really? 51 years old, not even in the “news” biz until 1997, and never gave a nickel to any political campaign, or encouraged anyone to do so? And then 5 days before a midterm election, he suddenly decides to give the maximum donation to two candidates in Arizona and one in Kentucky, hundreds of miles from his home?

Only a little fishy.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

If NewsCorp has a policy on political donations, & Hannity violated it, then we’ll talk. NBC-U does, & Olby DID violate it, & got caught. That is 1 part of this story. Another thing is this, for all of the “Hannity did it too” types, Hannity was not anchoring election night coverage, Olbermann was. MSNBC’s primetime pundit anchor’s were all on. NONE of FoxNews’ primetime pundits were anchoring their coverage. That should explain who takes their political coverage seriously & who does not.

rightinwa
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rightinwa

The big difference I see between Hannity and Olbermann is that Hannity was hired and is paid to express his political point of view. It’s out in the open and that’s what his show is all about. Olbermann was supposed to pretend he was a legitimate news guy. Now that the question has been raised about Olbermann, I hope Hannity has it in his contract that he’s free to do what he wants with his money, but what a yawner if it came out that Hannity gave money to a Republican. So what.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

There are a few more differences between Olby & Hannity. Hannity gets way better ratings & does’nt seem to be a drama queen. From all accounts, Hannity is a likable, easy going guy, while Olby is a total pain in the ass, out of control, fragile diva.