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UPDATE: Olbermann suspended for Dem contributions
By: CNN Political Unit


(CNN) - Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's primetime firebrand host, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.

First reported by Politico and confirmed by Federal Election Commission filings, the primetime television host gave $2,400 – the maximum individual amount allowed – to each of the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. (View PDF's of FEC filings for Conway, Grijalva, and Giffords)

Conway lost his bid to Republican Rand Paul while Grijalva eked out a win over Tea Party-backed candidate Ruth McClung for a fifth term. Grijalva found himself in an increasingly competitive race after he announced his support of a boycott of Arizona businesses in response to the state's controversial new immigration law and often appeared on Olbermann's show where he found a sympathetic audience. CNN, meanwhile, has yet to declare a winner in Giffords' race, but the Democrat currently holds about a 3,000-vote lead with all precincts reporting.

The contributions may have violated an NBC policy that requires employers of the news organization to obtain permission ahead of any political donations or activities that could be deemed as a conflict of interest. CNN institutes a similar policy.

In a statement to Politico before the suspension was announced, Olbermann defended the contributions:

"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 re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords," he said in the statement. "I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky."

Olbermann, as well as MSNBC executives, was a vocal critic of the $1 million donation by Fox News' parent News Corp. to the Republican Governor's Association earlier this year, saying at the time, "We now have another million reasons Fox News is the Republican news channel."

In a subsequent show, Olbermann also pressed House Majority Whip James Clyburn if there was a "legislative response" to a networks that "starts to shill for partisan causes."

A News Corp. spokesman defended the donation when it was first reported in August.

"News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA's pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy," the spokesman said.
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I'd probably say the same thing no matter what his punishment was (think middle-eastern justice).
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His last little smartass quip last night was "It's now been 2 days since the republicans took the House...Mr. Boehner, WHERE are the JOBS???


Little did I know, he was asking Mr. Boehner for a jobby job. I'm gonna miss him. I hope Laurence O'Donnel is going to be just as entertaining. I needs my nightly LOLz!

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While I don't like the guy, I think this policy of MSNBC is pretty lame. Who the fuck are they to tell you what you can and can't spend your money on? Are they trying to save face or something? It's not as if the entire world doesn't know that they AVIDLY CHEER for Democrats. What's wrong with one of their commentator's giving a few bucks to some campaigns?

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While I don't like the guy, I think this policy of MSNBC is pretty lame. Who the fuck are they to tell you what you can and can't spend your money on? Are they trying to save face or something? It's not as if the entire world doesn't know that they AVIDLY CHEER for Democrats. What's wrong with one of their commentator's giving a few bucks to some campaigns?
They're the person he signed a contract with for a job. They're also the ones who made him aware it's against their policy.

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They're the person he signed a contract with for a job. They're also the ones who made him aware it's against their policy.
The point I was trying to get at wasn't really about him breaking a contract. It was about that stupid clause in the contract in the first place.

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The point I was trying to get at wasn't really about him breaking a contract. It was about that stupid clause in the contract in the first place.
That he agreed to.

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That he agreed to.
It's still a dumb policy.


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It's still a dumb policy.
Which only makes him dumber for agreeing to it????
No one forced him to work there.

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While I don't like the guy, I think this policy of MSNBC is pretty lame. Who the fuck are they to tell you what you can and can't spend your money on? Are they trying to save face or something? It's not as if the entire world doesn't know that they AVIDLY CHEER for Democrats. What's wrong with one of their commentator's giving a few bucks to some campaigns?
They're trying to out-Fox Fox, and they can't. Fox does Fox, and the fact of the matter is, there really isn't a place for MSNBC. CNN handles liberal and centrist coverage well, and Fox handles neocon and conservative issues well. Moderates all have BBC america, so they watch that or PBS news. More to the point, though, they were probably looking to fire him anyway, or they're doing it for ratings when they bring him back, and this is just a game. LOLz at KO being some kind of bad boy.

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I wouldn't be shocked if this is some kind of industry-wide regulation. It certainly might not be, but it wouldn't surprise me. You should see the regulation that goes on in my line of work...it's enough to make your head spin.
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Hannity and Beck do it.

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Oh yeah? Well, if that guy knew half the shit that I know, his fuzzy little head would explode.


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Which only makes him dumber for agreeing to it????
No one forced him to work there.

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Which only makes him dumber for agreeing to it????
No one forced him to work there.
Look who we're talking about, though. I still think it's a publicity stunt.

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