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Keith Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC
CBS News ^ | 11/5/10 | Brian Montopoli

Posted on 11/05/2010 11:45:49 AM PDT by FTJM

Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for making donations to three Democrats in violation of NBC's ethics policy.

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

Olbermann, who does not hide his liberal views, has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords during this election cycle.

NBC's ethics policy generally bars political activity, including contributions, without the approval of the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, according to a 2007 story on MSNBC.com.

"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest," it says. "Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: olbermann

1 posted on 11/05/2010 11:45:49 AM PDT by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Again, heck that is like 6 times already today.


2 posted on 11/05/2010 11:47:01 AM PDT by edcoil (Today, we start fixing stupid.)
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To: FTJM

KO has no standing as an impartial journalist. I am shocked.


3 posted on 11/05/2010 11:47:41 AM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: FTJM

Reading this just sent A TINGLE UP MY LEG


4 posted on 11/05/2010 11:47:53 AM PDT by SouthernmostFreeper (Three If By Government)
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To: FTJM

Keith Olbermann a Democrap?! I thought he was a commumist!


5 posted on 11/05/2010 11:48:19 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: FTJM

Man this is like the tenth time he got suspended today!


6 posted on 11/05/2010 11:48:22 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: luvbach1

Whoops. Communist. Got too excited.


7 posted on 11/05/2010 11:49:09 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: FTJM

Who is Keith Olberman?


8 posted on 11/05/2010 11:49:46 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: FTJM

did anyone he supported win? I know Conway didn’t.


9 posted on 11/05/2010 11:49:59 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: FTJM
I'm just baffled. All the stuff he's said as a DNC attack dog was worth millions of free TV time over the years. $2,400 is just pocket change.

If they suspend him, why not Chris Matthews that proclaimed openly that "its my job to protect the presidents agenda." If that isn't flushing all credibility down the proverbial toilet, what else would he need to say? That he gets a tingle up his leg when he sees Obama? Oops, well he's done that too, so why not just go ahead and clear house?

Its the height of hypocrisy. Still, what great news not to have to listen to that sarcastic sissy even if only turns out to be a few days.

10 posted on 11/05/2010 11:53:36 AM PDT by 1-Eagle ( We have a Republic...... "If you can keep it." Fight Communism wherever it raises its hoary head.)
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To: FTJM
On Politico:

Olbermann, who has become [one] of the most prominent liberal commentators on cable television, has been a critic of the political donations made by Fox News’ parent company, News Corp., which contributed $1 million each to a pair of organizations trying to defeat Democratic candidates.
11 posted on 11/05/2010 11:54:24 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: FTJM

Full whine at Kos, Jon Stewart in the kossack crosshairs. Stewart the most powerful Lib on the planet, Kieth Olbermann a racially obsessed mental health case, Stewart wins by TKO.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/5/917893/-Olbermann-suspended-by-MSNBC


12 posted on 11/05/2010 11:59:24 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: FTJM

“Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest”

Really...seriously


13 posted on 11/05/2010 12:00:19 PM PDT by Lost Highway (I don't know what the world may need but a V8 engines a good start for me)
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To: junta

bookmark


14 posted on 11/05/2010 12:01:07 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: FTJM

He should be suspended from a light pole.


15 posted on 11/05/2010 12:11:51 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: luvbach1
Keith Olbermann a Democrap?! I thought he was a commumist!

There's a difference? Must be pretty subtle.

16 posted on 11/05/2010 12:12:25 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: FTJM
...these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist

I have to defend Keith on this one. There is absolutely nothing to jeopardize.

17 posted on 11/05/2010 12:13:03 PM PDT by scottinoc
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To: FTJM

So what? Who even watches him?


18 posted on 11/05/2010 12:21:14 PM PDT by tips up
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To: FTJM

So he gave openly rather than as an “in kind” donation of “news coverage” as the other MSM’ers do. The crime isn’t being biased or even the appearance of bias (as long as it’s on the left)it’s getting caught and embarrassing management. Of course this could be the excuse they are looking for to drop that wonderful journalist who in in the mold of Edward R. Morrow and Dan Rather.


19 posted on 11/05/2010 12:22:13 PM PDT by airedale
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To: airedale

STANDARDS?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


20 posted on 11/05/2010 12:25:46 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

ETHICS????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


21 posted on 11/05/2010 12:26:51 PM PDT by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: tips up

Kossacks in part are POed because he is the only commie waste case to break FOX’s stranglehold on the top 10.


22 posted on 11/05/2010 12:35:03 PM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: FTJM

Never seen the guys show, but I thought he was an entertainer, like Opra Winfrey.


23 posted on 11/05/2010 12:37:08 PM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: Hojczyk

Of course they have standards. They are just different for conservatives, Republicans who bash other Republicans, Democrats in general and flaming liberal Democrats. One will be hung and just before death be taken down and drawn and quartered for the slightest offense even if manufactured to celebrated for their bold speaking truth to power even if it’s a lie.

In this case the crime was embarrassing the leadership of that part of the Democratic Party apparatus. Olbermann was so patently and consistently biased that making a contribution has the same effect as a drop of fresh water would have in the oceans of the world. But his contributing and their not doing anything would remove the torn fig leaf that they like use to claim they are objective from all their privates. My guess is that this was in part driven by a couple of the anchors on NBC who told the exec that it would damage their credibility (like they have any. They are Olbermann lite without the histrionics. Just as biased in their coverage just not as loud.)


24 posted on 11/05/2010 12:37:22 PM PDT by airedale
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To: 1-Eagle
I agree with your comments. It is amazing that Keith Olbermann is being suspended because,"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest,"

REALLY? NBC believes that a show called "Count Down" and with a segment titled, "the worst person of the week", in which the host regularly calls people Jack Asses, can possible be anchored by an IMPARTIAL JOURNALSIT?

This suspension tells us more about NBC than is does Keith Olberman

25 posted on 11/05/2010 12:44:28 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: 11th Commandment

Oh yeah, and his ratings are in the tank too. This is called greasing the skids buh bye!

But what about the children???


26 posted on 11/05/2010 12:48:33 PM PDT by nj patriot (How is that hope and change working out?)
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