Friday, November 05, 2010

MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely for Contributing to Democratic Campaigns


MSNBC announced Friday that it has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann indefinitely and without pay for making political contributions to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

In a statement provided to, Phil Griffin, president of the network, said he “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, who is the host of “Countdown,” is the network’s highest rated personality.
According to a report from, the contributions were made this fall, including one that came just hours after he appeared on Olbermann’s program.

By "the highest rated personality", PMSNBC means those half dozen regular viewers who, like Keith himself, have been adjudged clinically insane and are in fact under house arrest.

Am EAGERLY awaiting Ann Coulter's response to this.


John Gullock said...

Not so fast - Listening to Andrew Wilkow on XM today he thinks it's BS. Elections over, NBC got caught, so Olbermann's on "vacation" (probably paid).

fits said...

Point taken. Never mind that I've never heard of Wilkow but that's what the net is for after all. His opinion is just as good as anyone else's, were it not for the fact that Obermann has been such a pain in everyone's ass his bosses most likely felt it was time to at least make it appear that propriety was being served. Sending him off on a paid vacation is something different. A some thing that's far too easily checked for people with juice. We'll see.

fits said...

And by the by...since Comcast is acquiring PMS-DNC it might very well be their way of flushing the toilet before getting the keys to the condo. Just saying.

Crotalus said...

If he is suspended without pay, does that mean he can't get another job as a pundit because he's still under contract? If so, that's dead wrong, no matter how foul he was as a pundit. He deserves to be fired, but not held prisoner to a contract.

John, were those contributions Olbermann's personal contributions, or did MSNBC need a scapegoat for getting caught making their own contributions?

fits said...

I agree that someone should not be forced to disassociate themselves from their life's work simply because of a mistake that happened to initiate some clause in some contract, but that's why there are so many lawyers making so much money. Why, they tell me, some folks get the big bucks. Terrific short term upside. Then again, since Mr. Olbermann HAS no TRUE life's work other than screaming like a little girl, who knows, maybe he did it on purpose to get some chill time. The money he receives from other avenues of employment isn't close to what PMS-DNC sends his way, but in real world not Hollywood cash, is nonetheless impressive.