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Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC For Being Political!

From the Raw Story…

News network MSNBC has suspended host Keith Olbermann indefinitely after a news report stated he donated to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

Mediaite quotes MSNBC President Phil Griffin as saying, “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.”

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November 5, 2010 - Posted by | Politics

11 Comments »

  1. So corporations and Fox News employees/owner Rupert Murdoch have First Amendment rights but nobody at MSNBC?

    Just heard on MSNBC that 31% of GLBT voters supported Republicans this week compared to 19% in 2008. So Rachel Maddow should be happy her gay listeners joined in the dog-pile. So now watch the Republican congress squelch any gay rights….snark.

    I’ve been out of the closet since 1965 (four years before Stonewall riots) and have seen a sea change in attitudes towards gays in the past 45 years. I was content to let Obama wait until after the 2012 election in order to not let gay rights become wedge issues. I guess as one gets older they are not so prone to wanting everything….”right now”! My partner and I are atheists so don’t want a marriage in any church/temple. We have protected our interests in legal ways already afforded to us and don’t feel a need for a piece of paper.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Grant,

      I was afraid that would happen. Rachel has been just nuts about this issue and can’t seem to understand that President Obama is trying to get the DADT repealed through the legislative process. It’s not right what is happening, and I know it will get done. Keep your hope alive. I pray for your community all the time especially with all the harassment going on. Hugs to you all.
      Roberta

      I think MSNBC is going to go right again. Sometimes I just can’t watch them anymore.

      Comment by Roberta in MN | November 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. This makes me want to completely and utterly boycott msnbc indefinitely. Their is no way in hell that this is right. What someone decides to do with their own money is their business and I can’t help but wonder if they apply that equally to someone that contributes money to republicans. Some how I doubt that. Again this shows that the media is very much on the side of the republicans as a whole.

    Comment by Jeff | November 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. With NBC being owned by General Electric (80%), one of the largest members of the military/industrial complex, I have been surprised that a liberal voice is even tolerated. Comcast, owned by Brian Roberts (Board of Directors of Bank of New York), has purchased 51% of NBC and only awaiting government approval.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. Joe Scarborough began working at MSNBC in April 2003 yet gave money to Repbublicans in 2006:

    http://www.newsmeat.com/media_political_donations/Joe_Scarborough.php

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Grant don’t forget Scarborough got busted at a Bush/Cheney 04 rally.

      Comment by Johnny C | November 5, 2010 | Reply

      • Rachel Maddow alluded to a “member” from a MSNBC “morning show” being a political contributor in the past but that it occurred under different management. I found at the above site that MSNBC “contributor” Michael Smerconish has given to both parties, even this past year to Arlen Spector. From the site above, found this chart and ask, “Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years?”

        Comment by Grant in Texas | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. Conservative William Kristol comes to the defense of Keith Olberman:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/keep-keith_514980.html

    There are petition drives to give Keith his job back:

    http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/petition_olbermann/?source=bp

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Bill Maher last night came down on Stewart and Colbert for their stating the “equivalency” between Faux and MSNBC saying,

    “Keith Olbermann is right when he says he’s not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts…the other one is very close to playing with his poop.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/06/bill-maher-vs-jon-stewart_n_779944.html

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. I’m sure FireDogLake and the other “progressive liberal blogs” who want the Democratic party & Obama to be punished for the rest of eternity are absolutely fine with Keith Olbermann being suspended! I’m sure they’re right now signing online petitions to have him fired completely and replaced with Rick Santorum.

    Comment by KayInMaine | November 6, 2010 | Reply

  8. Keith will return to his show on Tuesday night. When I signed a petition supporting him, already 260,000 had already signed it so I think our voices were heard loud and clear by the executives at MSNBC.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/07/keith-olbermann-to-return_n_780141.html

    Comment by Grant in Texas | November 7, 2010 | Reply


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