MSNBC has suspended superstar anchor Keith Olbermann after it was revealed that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.
“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 (via Huffington Post)
Apparently Kieth Olbermann donated $2,400 each to Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway. (But did they win?)
Here’s why this is so weird: NBC News does not prohibit employees from donating to political candidates, but it does, however, require them to obtain prior approval from NBC News executives before doing so.
Isn’t that a serious infringement on ones freedom to vote as they please? What if Olbermann wanted to vote for that dude who thinks the rent is too damn high? Would NBC not allow him?
Cool as a cucumber in response to his suspension, Keith Olbermann defended his donations, saying, “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’s boss, whom it seems like Keith doesn’t like too much, said that the whole issue rose not from who he donated too, but that he didn’t spill the beans and get approval.
Obviously the boss/employee relationship between Griffin and Olbermann is iffy – he once told the New Yorker, “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”
To which his boss replied, “Keith doesn’t run the show.”
Well, now that Kieth Olbermann is on suspension, it seems like nobody is running the show.