Keith Olbermann suspended after donating to Democrats
By Simmi Aujla|Politico.com
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement 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.”
Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election.
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.
Editors Note: In the political world, “Indefinitely” means permanently. However in the world of state controlled media it means temporarily. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to up ratings of a failing program following the shellacking the liberals took in the elections. Olbermann’s bread and butter was to demean the conservative base, and with the obvious majority voting against the progressive agenda, Olbermann has nothing to talk about for the time being. Look for him to return and continue his vitriol. We could be wrong, and we’ll have to wait and see.