Keith Olbermann Suspended by MSNBC for Making Donating in Violation of NBC’s Ethics Policy



Olbermann suspended from MSNBC for violating ethics and standards. Wait a minute, MSNBC has ethics and standards, since when?

MSNBC has supended Keith Olbermann  indefinately for making campaign donations in violations with NBC’s ethics policies. Olbermann was suspended without pay by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. Olberman supposedly violated NBC’s ethics policy that bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News. Oops, but of course the rules apply to others.

Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for making donations to three Democrats in violation of NBC’s ethics policy.

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay. NBC’s ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News.

Olbermann, who does not hide his liberal views, has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords during this election cycle.

Does MSNBC think that Olbermann donating money to politicians would pose a conflict of interest? Does MSNBC brass think that the campaign donations showed a liberal bias? ARE THESE PEOPLE SERIOUS?All one would have to do is watch Keith Olbermann’s cable show, if one could stomach it, to see the conflict of interest and liberal bias tat takes place every night. Or as the Jawa Report states, wouldn’t a Olbermann commentary simply show the conflict?

However, one has to wonder what Keither Olbermann was thinking? Why would he think he was above the law in not disclosing who he had given campaign donations to his superiors and public. To not do so and have these very people on his show is a journalistic no no. Even the folks at the Huffington Post are scratching their heads at Olbermann’s actions.

So will Keith Olbermann make himself “the Worst Person in the World”. That is if he still has a job.

One also has to speculate whether the MSNBC reaction and suspension of Olbermann is a backlash to the poor media critique that MSNBC received for their disasterous and pathetic 2010 election coverage?

Bill Kristol of “The Weekly Standard”makes a rather compelling defense for Olbermann. And as much as I think that Olbermann is a clown, I have to agree in mant respects with Kristol. Olbermann is not a news man, he is nothing more than than an opinionated  liberal with a microphone.

First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting.

Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him.

Third, GE, the corporate parent of MSNBC, gives money to political organizations. GE executives and, I’m sure, NBC executives give money. Why can’t Olbermann?

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Keith Olbermann Suspended by MSNBC for Making Donating in Violation of NBC’s Ethics Policy”

    1. Ed H on November 5th, 2010 7:57 pm

      I hope that LOSER loses his job.

      But knowing MSNBC they will give him a mini vaction and he will be back on the air at msnbc without feeling it too much in the wallet. It would be great if they fired him. nobody else would want him

    2. Greg the Great on November 5th, 2010 9:49 pm

      Made my day. They wanted to get rid of him. Now is the time for some Change.

    3. Its Me on November 5th, 2010 10:10 pm

      Wow, I dont know if I can stand all this good news thats happening this week. This guy is among the worst.

    4. Steve Holloway on November 5th, 2010 11:56 pm

      Who cares? I don’t watch because I get mad at people saying stupid things or untrue statements.
      SM: You have to pay attention to what the opposition is doing. Always.

    5. david r on November 6th, 2010 6:11 am

      If they want to make the show more entertaining, get some real news analysts instead of the DNC cheerleaders like KO and Maddow.

    6. southernsue on November 6th, 2010 7:34 am

      i don’t believe it. however, the only people i know that watches msnbc are the people that run the blogs. if the blogs, that i read, would quit with the msnbc stuff, that network would fade away.

      btw, i don’t care what these people on msnbc thinks or says. obviously from the election neither does the public.

    7. Level-Headed on November 10th, 2010 6:22 pm

      I submitted a comment several days ago. It was without foul language and was not adversarial. I was simply stating BOTH msnbc and fox news have an agenda, they just happen to be on opposing sides. I also commented on the fact that Hannity did the same thing as Olbermann (donating to political campaigns)but he unlike Olbermann received no punishment. Lastly, I reflected on the state of journalism and how it is sad that today, commentary seems to override facts. This comment was never posted. Apparently censorship is at work and if you do not agree with the majority on this site you are ignored. Perhaps I should have said, “Olbermann is the scum of the Earth. He deserves everything he gets. This would never happen at Fox news. Fox news is the best. It is not slanted towards the right. It is fair and balanced. MSNBC is not.” Would my comment have gotten posted then? What, is this Communist Russia?
      SM: Cut your crap you moonbat liar. You never left any such comment, but nice try on your so typical attacks against sane people. Censorship, yeah like you mean ike at the liberal sites of the rock you just crawled from?

      Your boring and lame comment was posted, jo different than if you had ever sent one in the past. NICE TRY TROLL.

      Just curious, what makes you folks such lunatic moonbats? Is it a medical or mental condition? However, after last Tuesday I guess we should just feel sorry for you as the sinking feeling of liberal progressivism was soundly rejected.

    8. Level-Headed on November 11th, 2010 7:39 am

      Thank you for posting my comment. I did indeed submit one earlier. Maybe it did not go through but I pushed submit. I am not a troll. I thought this was a site in which differing opinions could be expressed. I assure you I am quite a normal person. I was not attacking anyone, in fact I was taking a pretty moderate stance. I was pointing out that BOTH msnbc and fox news are slanted. How is that being a “lunatic moonbat?” Calling names is not a very effective rebuttal. It would seem you are the crazy one. It is the attacking nature of your response that is indicative of the politically divisive nature of modern-American politics. It is dangerous and quite scary. I am sorry to have upset you. Be assured I was not “trolling.” I honestly thought my previous message went through.
      SM: If you did it might have gone to the spam folder and was accidentally deleted. I have no issue posting alternative points of view as long as they are respectful. If all you wish to do is attack from the LEFT … that will get it deleted.

      Sorry, although there might be a RIGHT slant as you call it on FOX, the truth of the matter is that anything fair to Conservative thought would be considered a slant to the LEFT as opposed to the Liberal, Democrat state run media. Forget MSNBC, it is not even a news network. Sadly the network has turned into a combination of the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and DU.

      I knew many folks at MSNBC … they have all but since left that joke.

      Tell me when Fox does not allow the LEFT an opinion on their shows? Compareed to the other networks, there is no comparison.

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