It’s been quite a week for MSNBC darling, Kieth Olbermann.
The superstar host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC was suspended indefinitely last week after it came out that he had made donations to three candidates in the mid term elections. His boss, Phil Griffin, said he “became aware of Keith’s political contributions and… suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
So, what happened? Why did he come back?
Hmm. Could it be that he makes MSNBC a TON of money?
And, although Olbermann was suspended for violating NBC company rules by making said monetary contributions to political candidates, he will soon be back on air, to the glee of liberals everywhere.
However, not all is sunshine and lollipops over at MSNBC. Rightfully, Olbermann is more than a bit peeved over what went down. And, in return for his reemergence on air, he’s demanding a big fat apology.
According to Popeater:
Keith is furious about the way this has all been handled and insisted that MSNBC bosses apologize to him before he would agree to return. Keith sees himself as the star of MSNBC, the person who put them on the map and discovered fellow network anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. To be treated like this by the network he helped shape, he considers disgusting. In addition to an apology, Keith is demanding that the rules be changed. Keith thinks it’s unfair that FOX News anchors can make contributions and support candidates and he can’t. It’s his money that he has earned, he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with it. What sort of country do we live in where an actor can trash a hotel room with an escort and drugs and Keith can’t donate money to people running for office he believes in? It makes no sense. If they think they can slap Keith’s wrist and have him to return a few days later like nothing happened, they are wrong. They picked the wrong guy. Keith clearly won this battle. Not only has he got the bosses to say sorry, but he’s also got the company to review its ethic rules. You watch — his rating on Tuesday when he returns will be bigger than ever, giving him even more power at MSNBC.
Well, those seem like fighting words to me! But he does make some fair points. Without him paving the way, MSNBC wouldn’t be what it is today.
I wonder if this will change the tempo of Olbermann’s show, or if he’ll get right back to work and keep fighting the good fight.
What do you think of this scandal?