This fall, journalists have been fucking up. I mean royally fucking up. Newscasters are being fired and suspended left and right (e.g. Rick Sanchez). The latest culprit is MSNBC’s liberal media darling, Keith Olbermann.
The host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely without pay due to his monetary campaign contributions to three Democratic candidates. MSNBC President Phil Griffin released the following statement: “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.”
Olbermann told politico.com that he made the maximum legal donations of 2,400 dollars to the campaigns of Arizona representatives Raul M. Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
MSNBC’s current policy requires that all staff members receive permission to make contributions to political parties, something Olbermann failed to do. Political contributions are highly discouraged because they diminish trust in the journalists covering the news.
Olbermann has famously said that he does not vote as a symbolic gesture to journalistic objectivity. But giving money to three Democratic candidates makes it pretty easy to see where his support lies. While I do not necessarily have a problem with what Olbermann did, I am happy that MSNBC decided to reprimand him for his actions.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Olbermann’s suspension lasted two days. Crack that whip, MSNBC.