Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely and without pay for making campaign contribution to three Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

According to a report by Politico, Olbermann gave the maximum $2,400 to Democratic House Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway, all of whom had previously appeared on ‘Countdown.’

“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. MSNBC anchors are not barred from making contributions to political candidates, but the company’s policy states that donations must first be cleared with network management.

This is a fairly stunning development, as Olbermann is probably the most recognizable face at MSNBC, and is featured prominently in the cable station’s new “Lean Forward” re-branding campaign.
Olbermann, who’s clashed with management throughout his long and varied broadcast career, has been the host of ‘Countdown’ since 2003.

Speaking to the New York Times, one NBC executive denied this was a step toward firing the 51-year old anchor.



Posted on November 5, 2010, in News/Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I used to watch olberman (before cablevision started to move msnbc and other shows to cable box only access) but every since 2008 election he has had a (and I hate to use the term but…) left wing slant on the news. Like fox news has a right wing slant but still sometimes I just want my news straight without any left or right hidden agendas.

  2. I actually agree with your statement, but the one thing that I do like is that with the Countdown I can get all the news stories of the day in one newscast, especially if I missed what was going on that day.

    I will point out that even if Keith does have a left wing slant, that he does call out the president from time to time to do things right.


  3. Yeah, I remember he did that recently (call out the president during one of his speeches) and he had to quit the joint at politico because people where downing him for doing so since his is supposed to be supportive of the president. People should not get it twisted, you can be supportive and still scrutinize those in power.

  4. From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:
    “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. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

    My Response:
    No it’s not appropriate, Phil. Your ego jeopardized your own network’s ratings. Your resignation would be appropriate.

    My name is Maurice Patterson and I approved this message (LOL)

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