It’s shaping up to be an awesome week to be a Republican. MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay after Politico discovered he made three donations to Democratic candidates in the 2010 midterm elections in violation of NBC policy and most journalistic standards:
“One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords,” Olbermann said. “I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky.”
In his statement, Olbermann said he wasn’t using his influence to solicit any donations for the candidates.
“I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level,” Olbermann said.
Many have been quick to point out, including Olbermann in the past, that FOX News frequently donates to Republican candidates, but expecting MSNBC to lower itself to FOX’s level is a specious argument in my opinion. That said, I know the assumed consensus around here is I spend my free time masturbating to Keith Olbermann. I don’t
and not because he’s no Brian Williams. Granted, I agree with the majority of his points whenever I read about them, cable news is nothing but theater and Keith definitely has a flair for the dramatic. So kudos to MSNBC for actually adhering to journalistic integrity even though a.) Keith will be back [Ed. Or not.] because b.) there’s no way this wasn’t a ham-fisted opportunity to appear bipartisan because apparently letting Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan go unchecked hasn’t done the trick. Then again, Pat’s old and probably just thought he was buying boner pills. Ha! The elderly. So adorable.
EDIT: Matt Taibbi provides the best cry of “bullshit” yet. If you’re still following this thing, it looks like NBC management – particularly Phil Griffin – wanted Keith gone and found an excuse. Because those people have a strong history of incredible decisions. Adding, cable news is still Kabuki theater.