NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay for contributing to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates this election season.
Olbermann acknowledged to NBC that he donated $2,400 apiece to the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grivalva and Gabrielle Giffords.
NBC News prohibits its employees from working on, or donating to, political campaigns unless a special exception is granted by the news division president — effectively a ban. Olbermann’s bosses did not find out about the donations until after they were made. The website Politico first reported the donations.
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s chief executive, said Friday. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
Olbermann was not immediately available for comment. LINK
Well maybe not the worst person in the world, but he’s certainly one of the biggest hypocrites. I detest Keith Olbermann and everything he stands for. Being the tool that he is, Olbermann broke company rules by donating money to political candidates (LEFT wing candidates no less). Since he covers politics as a professional representative of his employer, he is not allowed to donate money that way. His employer, rightly so, values the appearance of impartiality that news reporters are SUPPOSED to have (no matter how thinly veiled Olbermann’s objectivity is disguised). By breaking these rules, Olbermann has brought controversy and scandal to his organization. Instead of reporting the story, he has now become it.
Never known for his objectivity or penchant for getting a story correct, Olbermann has long been a mouthpiece for the insane left, masquerading as an objective journalist. What little credibility he had is now absolutely vanished. I suspect that Keith Olberman (with his colossal ego) may not even care about the potential damage that something like this can do to the organization he works for. But then again he doesn’t strike me as someone who gives a rats ass about any of the “little people” anyway. Keith Olbermann is a noxious, toxic talking head. Now, at least temporarily he’s an unemployed talking head. That’s a good thing.