Did Olbermann violate NBC ethics code by contributing to Democrats?; Update: MSNBC suspends Olbermann “indefinitely without pay”

posted at 10:10 am on November 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Would it shock anyone to know that Keith Olbermann donated thousands of dollars to three Democrats in the midterms?  Two House incumbents from Arizona and Jack Conway, the Senatorial candidate fro Kentucky who lost after running the notorious “Aqua Buddha” attack ad, received the maximum donation from Olbermann in the final days of the general election season, a fact discovered by Politico when reviewing FEC filings.  The donations violate NBC’s stated ethics code for its journalists, and it may apply even more since one of the recipients appeared on Countdown at the same time Olbermann made the donation:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC’s ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 – the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show. Grijalva, a prominent liberal who was only declared a winner in his race Thursday night, was in a tight contest against tea party-backed candidate Ruth McClung when he appeared on Countdown – one of several appearances he made on the show.

NBC has a rule against employees contributing to political campaigns, and a wide range of news organizations prohibit political contributions – considering it a breach of journalistic independence to contribute to the candidates they cover.

Three years ago, MSNBC stated categorically that the rule applies to both the traditional NBC network and its opinion cable network:

NBC and MSNBC TV require permission of the president of NBC News. (MSNBC.com is a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft.)

“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.  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.”

The question then becomes whether Steve Capus approved of Olbermann’s contributions, or whether he was asked at all about it.  The rule does allow NBC to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to enforce the ethics code or not.  If Capus gave the green light, then one has to wonder whether he has ever been asked about donating to Republicans in House and Senate races and whether he allowed those contributions or not.  If waivers only come for Democrats, then that speaks to NBC’s approach to politics in general, and not just MSNBC.

However, let’s not pretend that this somehow proves Olbermann’s bias.  Despite NBC’s insistence on calling Olbermann a news anchor, he’s one of the most obvious opinionaters in the cable news industry.  The disastrous election coverage at MSNBC helmed by Olbermann proved that beyond doubt for those few who ever doubted it.  And to be fair, Olbermann himself doesn’t seem terribly concerned about pretenses of objectivity or fairness.

That doesn’t mean that Olbermann and his network haven’t been hypocritical on this issue, however:

Olbermann, who has become 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.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin also tweaked rival network Fox over the contributions. “Show me an example of us fund-raising,” Griffin told The New York Times last month.

Well, putting Grijalva on while Olbermann makes contributions to his campaign may not quite be fundraising, but the failure to disclose it at the time does look questionable in terms of journalistic ethics.  On MSNBC, that’s hardly news, either.

Update: Just to make my point clearer — there seems to be some confusion about it in the comments — I don’t think that Olbermann’s contributions mean too much on their own.  We all know from watching his broadcasts that he dislikes Republicans and cheerleads for Democrats, so these contributions do nothing for his credibility in any direction.  The question here is whether NBC will hold MSNBC to its ethical standards, and the hypocrisy of shrieking about Fox’s contributions while donating his own.

Update II: Jonah Goldberg offers some wisdom:

So Olbermann gave money to some Democratic candidates. Ostensibly the rules against this are intended to prevent journalists from giving the appearance of bias. Whether or not such rules make sense for actual reporters, such rules are silly for someone like Olbermann. Does anybody, and I mean anybody, suddenly trust Olbermann’s opinion less because of this news? I’m waiting. Does anyone think he’s less biased? More biased? Un-biased?

Second, the larger problem with these kinds of rules is that they do little to prevent media bias and a great deal to hide an important form of evidence of it. Banning liberal journalists from giving money doesn’t prevent them from being liberal, it just gives them a bit more plausibility when they deny it. Now, I can see the argument that someone who makes a donation would be more interested in protecting their investment, as it were. So I don’t think the policy is completely misguided. But at a certain level banning donations is like NPR barring staff from attending the Jon Stewart rally. It doesn’t fool anyone, but gives the accused a lawyerly rebuttal to accurate accusations.

Wouldn’t it be better to check Open Secrets to see where the journalists put their money?  And frankly, wouldn’t that be utterly redundant in Olbermann’s case?

Update III: Looks like Olbermann didn’t get permission after all:

MSNBC president Phil Griffin released the following statement Friday following the news that Keith Olbermann 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.”

I’d be surprised if it lasts longer than the weekend, but it looks as though MSNBC felt it had to act.

Update IV: The more I think about this, the more ridiculous it gets.  MSNBC offers the most ridiculously biased televion coverage of politics possible, crowning it with Election Night coverage that had people wondering if NBC needed to hire grief and anger counseling for the entire on-air staff.  And now, because Olbermann contributed to three Democrats last month, suddenly Griffin suspends him because “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest”?

For this, Griffin gets the Captain Louis Renault Award for his shock, shock! at finding that Olbermann may have jeopardized his standing as an impartial journalist:


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Allow me to offer some proper and more than fitting condolences to Keith Olbermann for his indefinite suspension from MSNBC:

BWAH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pilamaye on November 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I think this is another “Juan Williams” thingie …

NBC isn’t suspending him over the contributions – they want to get rid of him for other reasons and this is the convienient excuse.

Honestly – even were I a liberal CEO in charge of NBC – I’d want the guy off the air. He’s unbalanced and will eventually embarrass the network – such as it is.

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

They just want to see if their ratings rise above a flatline without KO’s mindless chatter. It won’t help.

Buttercup on November 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Weird day at MSNBC. First, Rachel Maddow tweets defending Sarah Palin over the stupid Twitter favorite “scandal” and now this.

SnarkVader on November 5, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Somewhere Carrie Prejean is smiling.

Midnightrain on November 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Interesting to see if he gets worse after this suspension- he is notoriously thin-skinned and vengeful toward his employers.
Of course the ideal outcome would be that he’ll be fired- God knows the abortion that was their Election coverage should allow Comcast to clean house.

jjshaka on November 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

They just want to see if their ratings rise above a flatline without KO’s mindless chatter. It won’t help. Buttercup on November 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

This would get better ratings.

Akzed on November 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Honestly – even were I a liberal CEO in charge of NBC – I’d want the guy off the air. He’s unbalanced and will eventually embarrass continuously embarrasses the network – such as it is.
HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

__________________

FIFY

alwyr on November 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

And now, because Olbermann contributed to three Democrats last month, suddenly Griffin suspends him because “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest”?

I suspect it had more to do with Olbermann, much like Ed “I’m gonna torch this f**king place” Schultz, thinking that because he is prime time “talent” (and yes, I only use the term because that’s what the network would call him), that the rules don’t apply to him.

And no TV exec, much less Phil griffin is going to stand for that for even a New York Minute.

JohnGalt23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I fins it really amusing that this tool was ever even considered a ‘journalist’.
My oh my how the reputation of this profession has deteriorated.

Badger40 on November 5, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I would be much more impressed, if this announcement had included the mention of a rail, tar, feathers…..

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ed “I’m gonna torch this f**king place” Schultz,
JohnGalt23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Many people of Mott, ND that I know think this man is an arrogant moron.
He has come here on occassion during hunting season.
He is an arrogant @#$%^&*.
I think his toolish son owns a hunting house here.
I hate big city arrogant pr!@k$.

Badger40 on November 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I guess he leaned too far forward.

Proud Rino on November 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I have speculated that Olbermann might be given a bathtub break since he’s crossed paths with MSNBC brass multiple times due to his behavior both on and off camera. His ego has always been such that he thought he could get away with anything. Now the official word is he is on “indefinite” bathtub break without pay so I wonder if that means, unofficially, that he’s fired (probably) or if he will be back after a week of soaking in his bathtub. We shall see. Will more be tossed under the liberal bus at MSNBC before Comcast takes over? Again, we shall see.

The next thing I’d like to hear is Olbermann’s response. Will he tow the company line or will he whine to whatever media outlets that will let him on? Will other MSNBC’ers make mention of this on-air? Will Sean Hannity send him a case of Mr. Bubbles? These and other interesting questions await to be answered in the next installments of “As The Liberals Squirm.” Stay tuned, happy campers!

Carl on November 5, 2010 at 3:03 PM

NPR will probably make him an offer. They have an opening for an unbiased news analyst that might fit in with the rest of their unbiased staff.

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Definitely reminds me of the Juan Williams firing where NPR was just looking for some pretext to get rid of him. MSNBC’s embarrassing mid-term election coverage snarkfest may have been the final straw for NBC.

rsrobinson on November 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I can almost see Scarborough on his knees right now making his case to grab that time slot.

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I hope they put Keith Olbermann back on the air.
America needs to see the true ranting of a brainwashed loon.

V-rod on November 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM

If it’s safe for work, can someone explain the “bathtub” jokes?

Wethal on November 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The predictable chat on lib boards of course is:

“Fire Glenn Beck, then! If Keith has to go, then Glenn Beck has to go! Rush Limbaugh, too! (sniffle)”

Ha. As much as I hate Scarborough I bet he’s been in “the bosses” office saying, “Listen – do you want a news network or not?” and whispering who must GO. Note Scarborough’s absense the Night of A Thousand Clowns on MSNBC 11/02/2010.

Marcus on November 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

rsrobinson on November 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Based on that logic then Chris Matthews, Rachael Maddow and Ed Schultz should be on the unemployment line as well.

milwife88 on November 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Somebody wanted to get Olbermann gone, and this was the excuse.
Happens all the time in the real world.

ctmom on November 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Doesn’t help when you claim your boss thinks he’s your boss either.

ctmom on November 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Krazy Keef and the rest of the mental dwarfs @ MSNBC have done a whole lot to help the Republicans rise up out of the ashes. Most people watch ten minutes of that network and decide if that is what liberal is all about they want no part of it!

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

What will we do now?
We needed that guy.

How does the sound of Hannity & Olberdork grab ya?

esnap on November 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Soooooooo……. tonight will there be a special episode of Lockup?

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:15 PM

The list: Journalists who wrote political checks
And their explanations, from ‘Yikes!’ to ‘They’re all in somebody’s pocket’

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113455/#

fastestslug on November 5, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Any chance it could crawl out on a ledge and be encouraged to jump? Could he team up with Schultz and set 30 Rock on fire?

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Keith suspended? No problemo! I predict he’ll remove his glasses, put on a dress and go on the air disguised as Maddow.

Who the hell is going to notice any difference – either as to appearance or as to content?

alwyr on November 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I think Maddow has that five o’clock shadow that might give her away.

joedoe on November 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Stupid libs, Glenn has never billed himself as a news person! He is just as hard on republicans as he is on democrats, but these stupid lib no-nothings have no idea. They just meme oberfork and don’t think for themselves. By the way, Glenn is doing a special on Tuesday about soros. I hope he has good protection! Soros was a nazi collaborator and he’s lost big in this election. Imagine his chance to clean up on weed in CA didn’t come to fruition.

Bambi on November 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I always suspected that over half of his viewers were conservatives just watching the train wreck.

esnap on November 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Honestly – even were I a liberal CEO in charge of NBC – I’d want the guy off the air. He’s unbalanced and will eventually embarrass the network – such as it is.

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

eventually. Heh.

hawksruleva on November 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Here’s a list of 2010 donations.

hawksruleva on November 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

You’d think they would have woken up to that concept a while ago…. The hosts on msnbc are wayyyy off the deep end for the dems and their rating show just how well thats working out for them.

dogsoldier on November 5, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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.

But, since “impartial journalist” is an oxymoron, should this really apply? Especially to Olbermann… everyone who thinks Olbermann had a milligram of integrity before this occurred, raise your hand…

malclave on November 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I’d be surprised if it lasts longer than the weekend, but it looks as though MSNBC felt it had to act.

I’m going to disagree with Ed on this one. I don’t think he’ll be back at all. I think this was just a pretext to fire him while giving themselves some legal cover for the inevitable lawsuit.

rsrobinson on November 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Sounds as if Comcast did not like the embarrassment of the election night coverage…

d1carter on November 5, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Gee, guess I’ll have to go visit Claude Rains’ grave this weekend. I’ll leave a picture of Keef there maybe?

Del Dolemonte on November 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

For this, Griffin gets the Captain Louis Renault Award for his shock, shock! at finding that Olbermann may have jeopardized his standing as an impartial journalist:

I’m glad you included in the video the part where “shocked, shocked” Renault collects his winnings.

Ira on November 5, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Griffin suspends him because “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest”?

LOL!
Me think Obama spun his “Wheel of Blame” and this time it landed on Olbermann.
After that it’s not hard for NBC to “find” a reason to fire his Donkey!

DSchoen on November 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

For NBC it’s a resume’ enhancement.

TimBuk3 on November 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM

If it’s safe for work, can someone explain the “bathtub” jokes?

Wethal on November 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM

John Gibson said he had to replace Keith quite often during the Monica Lewinsky scandal because Keith was so distraught over everything he wouldn’t leave the bathtub to come to work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubY9DISXJlk

Start at 5:00 into the video, John explains it.

ButterflyDragon on November 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM

I think it is a chance to dump KO and NBC is going to take it. But the real violation here is the fact that he had one of the candidates on his show after he contributed to his campaign and that is where he crossed the line. I am sure the FCC has a law against a network or a network employee giving free air time to a candidate without identifying the contribution and offering it to his opponent.

inspectorudy on November 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Intellectual dishonesty always manages to get “rewarded” sooner or later. And frankly, this could not have happened soon enough.

This was NOT censorship on the part of NBC/MSNBC – only GOVERNMENTS can do that.

I never watched the guy’s show, could not stand more than 30 seconds of any Olbermann sound byte, and loathed his over the top hysterics when his shadow should up at other venues. Would not miss him if he were to slip off into peaceful obscurity.

Does that make ME the worst person in the world? :P

itzWicks on November 5, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Wanna bet they thought “hmmmm, Keith lets call your upcoming vacation a suspensation!” I would not believe this even if they had bathtub boy sitting in a corner somewhere with a webcam on him 24/7.

sargentj on November 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Wanna bet they thought “hmmmm, Keith lets call your upcoming vacation a suspensation!”

Sorry, suspension. It’s Friday!

sargentj on November 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Publicity stunt. I’ll bet he already had plane tickets for his vacation.

Ronnie on November 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM

If the appearance of conflict of interest was of any concern to MSNBC, they would have shut down loooooooong ago.

disa on November 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Something tells me Griffen, and other execs at MSNBC might be a tad worried about their own jobs. Perhaps word got to them, about how the new bosses felt about the performance on election night.

I can always hope. lol

capejasmine on November 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM

This started my day off right. :)

RedNewEnglander on November 5, 2010 at 4:01 PM

The announcement came in a one-sentence statement from msnbc TV President Phil Griffin: “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.”

I guess it’s the little things that make me laugh so hard.

And this is on MSNBC’s site.

So, we already knew liberals couldn’t count. But seriously, can’t count up to two?

ButterflyDragon on November 5, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Is it Christmas already? I do not even remember having turkey day.

Mr. Joe on November 5, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Without pay.

Don’t worry Keith, you can get unemployment for 99 weeks.

Mr. Joe on November 5, 2010 at 4:05 PM

So, we already knew liberals couldn’t count. But seriously, can’t count up to two?

ButterflyDragon on November 5, 2010 at 4:03 PM

As has been pointed out before, there are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can do math and those who can’t.

Extrafishy on November 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Look, drop the posture. Olby will be back soon, and with him the Worst Person in the World award. The Liberals can’t contain their rage for more than a few minutes.

Snake307 on November 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM

NBC obviously is looking for a way out of his contract.
Good for them.
Good for us all.

LeeSeneca on November 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM

World’s Worst MSNBC stooge- Keef Olberdouche

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

…and I’m with AllahPundit reference the MSNBC shock at one of their stooges making political donations ‘without permission’ to Countdown show guests when Griffin’s entire MSNBC Election Day panel was comprised of six hardcore thumb sucking pillow biter Liberals.

Absolutely zero balance and zero nonpartisan coverage to say the very least. Fox even had half-and-half Conservatives and Liberals for their election coverage.

FlatFoot on November 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Wow!! That Rally to Restore Sanity thing actually worked!! First the GOP takes back the House, and now this — and that’s just the first week!

Clearly, we owe John Stewart a tremendous debt of gratitude!

RegularJoe on November 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Extra hour for tingles tonight?

cmsinaz on November 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I would feel sorrow for the guy, but why? My heartache is better spent on the left that just fell, the dog that just pooped, or the snail that just got smashed.

madmonkphotog on November 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Heard about this driving between schools. Almost got in a wreck. Had to text my friends when I got where I was going.

Sekhmet on November 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The Leftists on Facebook are in a panic, circulating an “emergency petition” to get Keef back on.

Based on reading their comments, they have no clue why he was suspended-only that he was!

Del Dolemonte on November 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

they pay this whack job a ton of money for lousy ratings – looks like a power fight and Blabberman will lose.

Who else will hire a slobbering moonbat like him? MTv?

iam7545 on November 5, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Can’t wait to see Keith defend himself by saying “Hey, I never said I was a journalist.”

BigAlSouth on November 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM

ComCast has spoken

BruceB on November 5, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The worst person in the world on Monday? The Tea Party, for drumming up these baseless accusations against him. (Oh yes, he will bring it back for this.)

Logboy on November 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

First Pelosi, now this. The Democrats have gone full retard.

MrX on November 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The question is now, “Who hires this infected retard?”….

adamsmith on November 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I’m sure this is to get Fox to get rid of Beck and Hannity, among others.

Olbermann is probably well compensated for this stunt

clnurnberg on November 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Snort. I’m all for getting Olby out from behind a camera, but seriously, has the brass ever seen one of his shows? Could there be any doubt in anyone’s mind where Olby/Maddox/Matthews stand politically, because to me their nightly water-carrying over the past few years was far more valuable than any cash contribution. Maybe someone high up watched their election night coverage and finally realized what a bunch of buffoons they hired and used that as an excuse to can one of them. Can the others be far behind?

scalleywag on November 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Is there a site where folks can contribute to send Mr. Olbermann a gift of support during his suspension? Maybe a nice basket of bath essentials?

Christien on November 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM

From Jabba The Moore’s Twitter:

Please RT – Sign this emergency petition to @msnbc to put @KeithOlbermann back on the air: http://mmflint.me/aKOcwh

Don’t use an hilarious joke name though, I certainly didn’t.

mudskipper on November 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK KEITH.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

mountainaires on November 5, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Okay, we all knew that he was biased and a lefty hack. What we want to know is if he will get fired.

Blake on November 5, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I’m not with Jonah Goldberg on this. This does matter.

First, it matters because it’s a direct violation of employer policy.

Second, it matters because even though *we* all know Olbermann is a partisan hack, the left nourishes itself on the illusion that MSNBC, NPR, the NYT, etc., are “fact-based news organizations” as opposed to the partisan handmaidens at Fox. To fail to suspend Olbermann would be fatal to that self-delusion, which they strive to maintain, at all costs to their sanity.

I do agree with the thesis that they were probably looking to suspend this embarrassment anyway.

Chuckles3 on November 5, 2010 at 5:02 PM

If he moved to the Comedy Channel then both networks would have a more consistent lineup.

pedestrian on November 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Olbermann’s an embarrassment and they’re trying to get rid of him.

ddrintn on November 5, 2010 at 5:05 PM

mudskipper on November 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! From that website:

“Keith Olbermann made your network a success. If you want your viewers to keep tuning in to MSNBC, put Keith back on TV now!”

A SUCCESS?!??!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

RegularJoe on November 5, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!

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

fastestslug on November 5, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Not that I care, but Olbermann was set up. Someone at NBC wanted to get rid of this clown for some reason and they went over his contract and came up with this BS.

There’s no such thing as an unbiased journalist anyway and there never was. At least Olbermann was open about his moonbat opinions, unlike the sneaky bastards in the LSM’s “straight news”.

RadClown on November 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I kind of doubt that FoxNews will be offering Keith a $2 million deal like they did with Juan.

Just sayin.

Tennman on November 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Perhaps Queef can be the spark that lights up liberal talk radio?

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

And now, because Olbermann contributed to three Democrats last month, suddenly Griffin suspends him because “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest”?
I suspect it had more to do with Olbermann, much like Ed “I’m gonna torch this f**king place” Schultz, thinking that because he is prime time “talent” (and yes, I only use the term because that’s what the network would call him), that the rules don’t apply to him.

And no TV exec, much less Phil griffin is going to stand for that for even a New York Minute.

JohnGalt23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Yeah roger that. I just heard Hannity confiding that he openly donates and makes no bones about it. As much as I would would loved to see Keith gone, this seems a pretty stupid reason. They’re both opinion journalists.

On the other hand, I suppose Chris M calling Bachmann an idiot is somehow more of an example of impartial news journalism?

hawkdriver on November 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM

On the other hand, I suppose Chris M calling Bachmann an idiot is somehow more of an example of impartial news journalism?

hawkdriver on November 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I suspect it was Olbermann’s snorting laughter in the background that so impressed the management.

fenryys on November 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Did anyone think that he would give money to Republicans? The only place the Olberman really belongs is in rehab where they can adjust his medications.

SC.Charlie on November 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM

How can Olbermann and ethics be used in the same sentence?

DeweyWins on November 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM

..prefix “ethics” with “absolutely no”..

The War Planner on November 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I can’t stand Olbermaniac, but NBC is wrong to do it this way. If they don’t want him on the air, they should either buy out his contract, or kick him upstairs to a behind the scenes role that he will hate, and leave anyway. To use “he contributed to politicians” as an excuse is weak and foolish. If they didn’t know he was in the tank for all things left wing, then they ought to be fired for not watching their own damn programming. NBC, which means “No Bloody Cajones.”

john1schn on November 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM

NBC has an “ethics code”? Who knew?

Travis Bickle on November 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Well yeah somebody has to make room for alan Grayson!!! DUH!

sonnyspats1 on November 5, 2010 at 11:06 PM

So now when you have a post about unemployment you can show Olbermann in line! It’ll be great! Huge letters across his face saying UNEMPLOYED would add an element of social justice…

Money is freedom of speech. That is the conservative point of view… I wonder how Keith feels about that wildly right-wing issue about now.

The left is always limiting speech. Odd.

Not us, the more they talk the more we win the battle of ideas. When they have the leisure to craft their language it is always dishonest.

The more we talk the more people agree with us.

petunia on November 5, 2010 at 11:30 PM

I kind of doubt that FoxNews will be offering Keith a $2 million deal like they did with Juan.

Just sayin.

Tennman on November 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM

They could put him in a cage and poke him with sticks that would be good programing… more appropriate for the main network than the news channel but still I might tune in.

petunia on November 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM

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