Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC

November 5th, 2010 // 125 Comments
Keith Olbermann

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.

Photo: Getty

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  1. missmarie

    It’s really no wonder why America is failing apart after reading the comments some of you make back and forth to one another. Politics is not a football game and it’s really sad it gets treated as such. What good does name calling do? Is that solving any of the problems this nation is facing? Nothing will ever change as long as both sides continue with this child like behavior.

  2. D-baggins

    Olbermann = The Glenn Beck of the left. And his little “buh buh buh, they did it” excuse is the weakest thing ever. Remember health care when the republicans were complaining about how the dems were passing health care and the dems go, “but the republicans did it!” instead of taking the high ground and saying “this shit stinks we’re not walking in these sewers.” All these hacks are the same, they want to complain, but then when the time comes they are willing to go to any level to make sure their point of view is the only one heard.

    Hope he enjoyed his 15 minutes. I’ll try and throw a dime in your cup when I see you on the street begging Keith.

  3. McFeely Smackup

    Amazing how the Leftist idiots here are actually trying to excuse this douchebag’s lack of any kind of journalistic integrity by interjecting and attacking another network. No wonder they and the Dems just “took a got shellacking” (LOL!!), they, just like the Idiot in Chief simply don’t get it.
    .
    That the majority of Americans ARE conservative and you are not just wrong, but simply in the minority, always have been and always will be, no matter how much you whine, try to blame others, or lob online hissyfits – you had your chance, but chose to elect an extremist Socialist; better luck next time, in oh maybe another 2-3 generations, ’cause it’s going to take at least that long for American’s to again forget how bad and destructive to the American way of life Socialism is. Ahh, dumb know-it-all College kids, how the smarmy politicians do love you so. LOL!!!

    • Anonymous

      So, the majority of American ARE conservative, huh? I take this to mean: Don’t like the gays, don’t like taxing the extremely wealthy, don’t like helping poor and vulnerable members of society. Don’t believe that other nations in this world deserve respect, don’t see the complete logic fail in hating the immigrants in a nation of immigrants.

      America: ever wonder why you’re the butt of the world’s joke? Ever looked back at the histories of many allied western nations and wondered why you lagged behind SO NOTICEABLY on things like abolishing slavery and segregation? You want to take a guess about how many times ‘socialism’ was lobbed around in those debates as a dirty word?

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