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Keith Olbermann Will Return Tuesday, Is 'Furious' at MSNBC

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 8th 2010 12:50PM
Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann's "indefinite" suspension from MSNBC will end Tuesday, only four days after it began.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who suspended Olbermann Friday for making political contributions to three Democratic party candidates, without first disclosing the donations to MSNBC brass, had this to say about the reinstatement:

"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."

Media watchers on both sides of the political spectrum have criticized MSNBC's decision to take Olbermann off the air, arguing that since Olbermann is a political commentator who makes no effort to hide his liberal point of view, it shouldn't be an issue if he gives money to democratic candidates.

Rachel Maddow, the TV personality Olbermann helped launch at MSNBC, weighed in on the decision on Friday's 'Rachel Maddow Show.' She cited Olbermann's suspension while lashing out at Fox News for allowing some of their on-air personalities to contribute freely to political candidates. (Fox News allows opinion commentators -- like Sean Hannity or Karl Rove --to make political donations, but doesn't allow their news reporters -- like Brett Baier or Carl Cameron -- to contribute.)

In fact, according to Pop Eater's Rob Shuter, Fox News' policies on political donations played a role in Olbermann's decision not to disclose his donations to management:

"Keith thinks it's unfair that Fox News anchors can make contributions and support candidates and he can't," an MSNBC executive told Shuter. "It's his money that he has earned, he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with it."

Shuter also reports that Olbermann is "furious" at his MSNBC bosses and wants them to apologize to him for the suspension.

So it looks like this drama just might have a couple more acts in it. We know we're going to be tuning in Tuesday night.

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Mike

The whole thing seemed pretty stupid to me He is an opinion journalist, who makes no effort to appear neutral. He is a Sean Hannity for the left, just with a lot less fans. His whole program is bias so how him giving money to democrats is any kind of breach of journalistic ethics, is beyond me. His ratings, or the fact he is an idiot would be a good reason to pull him, but not because he gave money to democrats. That would seem to me to be a given.

November 08 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Springrain

Did I miss something is MSNBC a subsidiary of FOX NEWS????? WTF? Really why does it matter what Fox News allows or dosen't allow. He does not have a contract with Fox. Nor is Hannity or Rove Journalists.. And btw what a total Joke since when does NBC have a moral code or follow ethics? Everyone knows they support the Liberals and Democrats..who are they kidding? He got caught and is and will always be a whiny little creepy baby!!!!!!

November 08 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Kilfeather

He's An A$$ anyway!!! i found it cool that of the nites he was gone. The ratings for show neither went up or down, except for Rachel Meadows show, That was because everyone wanted to see her cry over her Girl/err Boyfriend!!!! I going to watch Tuesday!!!! because I want to see him Blow a heart valve that would be cool!!!!!!!!!!

November 08 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocketboy_X

The whole thing was a setup... Keith needed a vacation, and MSNBC needed press.

November 08 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gordy

Exactly. This comes after FOX owns everyone with Election night ratings that even beat the big 3. I'm sure his rating will be up.

November 08 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

It's a ridiculous rule. It would be more understandable if it applied to ALL its employees.

FOX is ridiculous all by itself.

November 08 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Every time you bring up Olbermann in this blog, it attracts tons of ALL CAP SCREAMERS seething their antagonism. Maybe you should avoid cable TV news subjects.
Plus, whenever Olbmermann is involved in an incident, there are always gossip people claiming to know "how Keith feels" about things. I think in general, that's been BS. He's always portrayed as some power-mad dictator who thinks he's bigger than the network. He never comes across that way in what he actually says, does, and writes. Even though he's probably the reason the network is still on the air. (Although I think Rachel Maddow is their more valuable asset--she's smart, focused, does more journalism, and has less theatrics.)

November 08 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoAnn Toler

Keith Olbermann, is no different than the "commentators", on FOX who he critizes on at least every show. Does anyone remember Donny Deutsch getting suspended for equating Olbermann and O'Reily, where was the outcry then? And hang on, I am a democrat, did vote for Obama, still enthralled when he gives a speech, it's just that HATE talk goes both ways, and does not help our President change the climate in D.C........

November 08 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BugKiller

KEITH SIGNED THE CONTRACT.

HE KNEW THE RULES, EVEN IF HE DIDN'T AGREE WITH THEM, HE SIGNED THE FRAKKING CONTRACT.

NO ONE PUT A GUN TO HIS HEAD AND FORCED HIM TO SIGN THE CONTRACT.

Why is that so frakking hard for some people to understand.

It's not an issue of fair or what FoxNews allows their commentators to do.

It's an issue of a man signing a contract, and then BREAKING IT.

November 08 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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