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Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely By MSNBC

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 5th 2010 3:03PM
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.

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Oberman is an ASS. He deserves to be kicked off the air permently. I cannot stand his HOLIER THAN THOU attitude. Am HAPPIER THAN THOU that he is GONE. Maybe he can get a job working for Pelosi. He also sucked at being a so called sportscaster. Good riddens OBY

November 06 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Look, I like Keith and most of the time agree with his positions, but if he knew the rule and broke it, then he deserves what he gets. Was it likely that his donations to 3 pretty 2nd or 3rd string candidates wouldn't have been approved?

And Rachel's defence was weak sause as well. It basically amoounted to "Fox is Worse" I don't think anybodys gonna fight you on that, dear, but that was never the point.

I think it ironic that Keith's set looks like a glass house

November 06 2010 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So lets see a 24/7 network devoted to free campaign ads for Fox candidates is ok yet a $4200-4800 donation, not a secret or indirect donation mind you, is a problem. Undeclared foreign donations funneled through a so called chamber of commerce also is ok to only one side of the candidates also. Oh and the kicker unlimited spending for corporations as somehow some idiot(s) decided they are a individual. The Terrorist Republicans, hey who knows who funds them anyways so lets call them that, will do whatever their masters tell them. Enjoy no healthcare, no jobs, and jack squat. It's all on the R's now once this totally goes down the tubes. I'll just sit back laugh my ass off and enjoy it.
So hello Idiocracy this country is totally screwd. Enjoy being serfs you silly teaparty/republican/conservatives as that's all you are anyways but you're too dumb to see it.

November 06 2010 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Picviewer's comment

Ah, so many inaccurate statements - so little time. Let's review - Even the New York Times has admitted that any foreign membership fees the Chamber of Commerce has received are appropriately segregated and not used for campaign contributions. Secondly, if you want to go after foreign money in the US electoral system you can start with the hundreds of millions Obama recieved from overseas in 2008 when his campaign turned off all security checks on credit card donations. Corporations have every right to make as many "unlimited" contributions and the labor union thugs and George Soros front groups currently do. Man up libs, and get used to the new political world.

November 06 2010 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You mean Keef actully gave a cash contribution to Democrats. I thought it was all in-kind campaign advertisng on his show disguised as news stories.

November 05 2010 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Michael Luebke

MSNBC's president, Phil Griffin is playacting importance over all-star anchor Keith Olbermann:


November 05 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Olbermann was starting to sound really smug. Granted, he's not officially "fired", just suspended indefinitely. In media-speak, that's code for "We'd like to fire him, but he's under contract and would rather not have another network poach him".

November 05 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good riddance! Olbermann is the nastiest man on television. Please don't ever bring him back!

November 05 2010 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cow1129's comment

You're probably a cow. Fuck MSNBC, those other two douches on their station donated to the republicans, but not word one was said.

November 06 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Silly people - it wasn't the fact that he gave to the candidates - it was because he didn't follow company policy....don't turn this into something it isn't.

November 05 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sure, this is EXACTLY like Fox News corporate giving one million dollars to the Republican Governor's Association, which they did a few months ago, and tried to keep it secret. One guy gives a few thousand dollars, in his own name, to two miscellaneous candidates, in a transparent, reported way. Violation of employee policy? Absolutely. Some sort of major indictment of MSNBC's "liberal leanings"? No way. Reread my first sentence. That HAPPENED.

November 05 2010 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Atticus Draco

Olby 'leaned forward' and FELL the FRACK OFF,, HA!
We can pretty much guess who is,,
'Worst Person in the World' selection tonight woulda been!! LOL

November 05 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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