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Keith Olbermann suspended indefinitely for donation to Dem candidates

By Washington Post Editors

UPDATE 1:48 P.M.: Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely from MSNBC for making campaign contributions to three Democrats.

The statement from Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC:

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.

Chris Hayes, the Washington, D.C. editor of The Nation, will substitute for Olbermann on Friday.

Read the MSNBC policy on campaign donations.

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MSNBC host Keith Olberman made campaign contributions to Democrats, one of whom appeared on his program, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Olbermann donated the maximum allowable amount to failed Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky and Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. Olbermann donated to the Arizona lawmakers on Oct. 28 - the same day Grijalva appeared on Olbermann's show. Grijalva won another term, while Giffords appears to be leading in her race for re-election. Conway lost his Senate bid to Republican Rand Paul.

In a statement to Politico, Olbermann said, "One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky." Olbermann went on to say he "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."

The news comes in the wake of Olbermann's harsh criticism of Fox News parent company News Corp., which donated to Republican-leaning groups. MSNBC president Phil Griffin also issued an open challenge in light of the News Corp. donations, saying to The New York Times in October, "Show me an example of us fundraising."

Olbermann's personal donations may violate NBC's ethics policy. The network, which declined to comment for Politico's report, has a rule against "anyone working for NBC News" donating to political campaigns without the permission of the president of NBC News or his designee. It is unclear whether NBC News president Steve Capus granted that permission to Olbermann.

Olbermann started as host of "Countdown" in 2003 and, since then, has steered the show to the ideological left. It has tripled MSNBC's ratings at 8 p.m., and the cable network has followed Olbermann's lead, drifting further to the left in its commentary.

The news of Olbermann's donation has been met with a relative yawn by at least one conservative. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air writes, "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."

(source: Politico)

By Washington Post Editors  | November 5, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
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Don't buy it. I am willing to bet that Olbermann was suspended for another reason.
Publicity stunt, maybe. He'll be back in front of the cameras without a scratch on him. I am also certain that his viewership will increase because of the incident. And, hey, msnbc has enjoyed the increased attacks on their competitor, Fox. Not sure how Fox is responsible for the action, but I've seen more attacks on Fox than msnbc by the chronic left-wing political bloggers. Gearing up for 2012?

Posted by: bethg1841 | November 7, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

There are more posts here than MSNBC listeners. A terribly left leaning network with one of its stars (Matthews) getting shivers up his leg when he listens to Obama.

Posted by: depoulins | November 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The only people that MSNBC has made happy with their decision to oust Keith Olberman are the FAUX News people and the bigoted, ignorant and hate-filled people that watch them. The rest of us would like you to realize that many of us do not care if television personalities donate to the Party that they think is the better one to lead our country. Certainly, you know that FAUX News people donate to Republican causes, give them free air time and softball questions to answer (many of them questionable as far as truth goes) all of the time. Re-instate Keith Olberman immediately. Get a little backbone.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | November 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Keith is in "The Catbird Seat." (Any Thurber fans out there?) Naysayers and Hypocrites: Keith has actually been honored for excellence in writing, being a 2010 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. (His second, actually...)MSNBC, please bring Keith Olberman back... Thank you!

Posted by: CogitoErgoSum | November 7, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with him preferring some candidates and contributing to their campaigns. The only thing wrongdoing is when people refuse to consider as reasonable the conservative observation that the major news media is biased left. As long as the conservatives get their balance with FOX and talk radio, free of liberals shouting them down and boycotting sponsors, there is no problem.

Posted by: cerebral_but | November 6, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann, is a very bright and popular newsman..and perhaps most of all a HUGE thorn in the ass of the neo con Repubs.

One only needs to read their letters and comments on each of the individual reports that are on the webb which relate to Oblermann's situation.... they are not only wet to their knees.. this is the greatest day in their lives since the Bush/Cheney gang took over the White House.

The reason they hate him so much is because he reported the facts...and showed the miss quotes and false stories that were on FOX NOISE and other networks.

While I like the other reporters on MSNBC, Oblermann was way ahead of the pack..and was the best reporter of all those who were on election night.

MSNBC..don't let him get away from you..it would be a big mistake.

Posted by: meyer390 | November 6, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olberman needs to be reinstated immediately. This is the United States oof America. We as Americans can donate to any election campaign that we choose. It's even on our Tax Forms! Phil, as I see it you have two choices: Reinstate Keith now! or resign yourself. You are a disgrace to MSNBC. You might salvage your reputation and career by doing the right thing.

Posted by: allenrayterry | November 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I have found Mr Olbermann quite the buffoon at times, always an eccentric entertainer clearly enjoying his job, in love with the sound and timbre of his own voice (as do most of his comtemporaries, both left, right and center), but he made me laugh. Some of the more vocal opposites to Mr Olbermann could lighter up their delivery to make them a little more entertaining, btw – constant sarcasm, burred epithets and veiled threats of impending doom get a little old after a while. I digress. Olbermann quite simply brought me to MSNBC, along with Mr Matthews (The Contortionist) & Ms Maddow (The High Wire Act), where as before I thought of MSNBC as a sort of half-baked, opinion side-show circus who used the guise of a “neutral cable tv news program” to suck viewers into their bottomless pit of dark nuances and political fence tap-dancing. I enjoy gleaning the facts from the various pundits spread across the media landscape and Olberman was a central player. In my humble opinion, even though Mr Olbermann knowing broke the rules, he should have only received a hand slap, fine, or whatever flogging tool they fancy, and not oust him. Besides, everyone knows you can’t run a circus without The Clown (Mr Olbermann). I think MSNBC Charles needs to fire the The Ring Master (Mr Griffin).

Posted by: tyndlfeine | November 6, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I am not believing this. Keith Olbermann is one of the finest journalist alive. If you think he is a hypocrite watch Fox for 5 minutes if you want to see hypocrites up close and personal.

A POX ON YOUR HOUSE MSNBC you have to be crazy to suspend one of the finest people you have. Your ratings will confirm that to you very soon I think.

Posted by: ep43 | November 6, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann should apply to the WAPO since his political views are spot on with WAPO's. A daily column by him would fit right in with those of Dionne, Meyerson, Milbank, and of course Mr. Affirmative Action himself....Eugene Robinson.

Posted by: kfstewart | November 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

WHo? You mean the guy and the channel few watched on election night? Yawn.

That said we still need the opposing views brought out so those of us Tea Party advocates can have a laugh. Of the 128 Tea Party backed candidates, 119 won. How many on the left??

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | November 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

His behavior is quite disgusting, but not unexpected. The real surprise here is that the network actually took action.

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | November 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we'll see Keith Olbermann on Lockup?

Seriously, I appreciate just about all of what Keith does, although he and Joe Scarborough, although coming from different directions in the political spectrum, do go off sometimes (Too much testosterone, perhaps?).

What I do not appreciate is seeing yet another episode of prison documentary when I am trying to find news late at night.

Posted by: jerry16 | November 6, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It is a poor business decision to suspend the best thing since fried bread as far as MNBC is concerned. Compared to the morons over on Fox Fascist News he is a gem. Mr Griffin: reverse this silly decision. We need honest voices unlike the numbskulls on Fox who allege Obama is to be accompanied by half the US Navy on his trip to India and has 870 rooms booked in the Taj Mahal Hotel for his entourage. Of course Beck believes the world is flat and Hannity saw a saber tooth tiger dining on a mastodon in his back yard. As the Fox icon Josef Goebbels has said: "If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it". This is especially true of the tea partiers and Fox listeners who are incapable of critical thinking.

Posted by: seosamh1 | November 6, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Fox News big-dog owner certainly won't fire himself for his egregious contributions to the Republican Governors association during the election campaign. Yes, we lose another good liberal newsman but Fox continues on its "unfair and unbalanced" way untouched. See also Ichabod's Kin at www.ichabodskin.wordpress.com

Posted by: ichabod1861 | November 6, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Someone bravely referring to himself (/herself/itself) as nanfal722 explains that Keith Olbermann's firing is "Good riddance" because "only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway." That is the present state of the boobocracy. How did he (she/it) come up with that particular number? The only thing we can be sure of is that it's off by a large factor, a statement that nanfal722 won't understand. But that's all right. The current electorate is allergic to accuracy.

Posted by: gregh2223 | November 6, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Someone bravely referring to himself (/herself/itself) as nanfal722 explains that Keith Olbermann's firing is "Good riddance" because "only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway." That is the present state of the boobocracy. How did he (she/it) come up with that particular number? The only thing we can be sure of is that it's off by a large factor, a statement that nanfal722 won't understand. But that's all right. The current electorate is allergic to accuracy.

Posted by: gregh2223 | November 6, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

You are kidding, Keith Olberman has been suspended because he made contributions to candidates? What are we supposed to do? Watch Spitzer? MSNBC is WRONG WRONG WRONG. Keith Olberman and his staff are serious journalists, and anyone who compares MSNBC to FOX is DEAD WRONG!!
Yes, I believe Olberman is crusty and feisty, so give him a slap on the wrist, but DO NOT SUSPEND HIS SHOW!! He and a great staff of researchers ARE his show!
Never in my life have I seen more moving journalism than Keith's piece when his mother died as well as his tribute to his father. He is artful, and MSNBC is obviously controlled and obsessed by the political climate, Just WHAT do we watch now?

Posted by: gingermiles1 | November 6, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Rules are a part of our daily lives and we must abide by them or suffer the consequences. However, an appropriate punishment is not indefinite suspension. Keith is the reason I started watching MSNBC. He has ended my weekday for the past couple of years. After a long day at work, I go home to my family, dinner and Countdown. Whether I continue to watch MSNBC I don't know, maybe this is a good time to give CNN (Parker & Spitzer) a try...



Posted by: VanessaFS | November 6, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

GOOD riddance, only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway-when comcast comes in they will change the whole shabbang and maybe their sad ratings will improve and they will try to be competitive-they are getting clobbered in the ratings over and over-getting rid of this no-nothing immature hater is a start.

Posted by: nanfal722 | November 6, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

GOOD riddance, only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway-when comcast comes in they will change the whole shabbang and maybe their sad ratings will improve and they will try to be competitive-they are getting clobbered in the ratings over and over-getting rid of this no-nothing immature hater is a start.

Posted by: nanfal722 | November 6, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

GOOD riddance, only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway-when comcast comes in they will change the whole shabbang and maybe their sad ratings will improve and they will try to be competitive-they are getting clobbered in the ratings over and over-getting rid of this no-nothing immature hater is a start.

Posted by: nanfal722 | November 6, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

good riddance!!!

Posted by: nanfal722 | November 6, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

GOOD riddance, only 1000 people watch msnbc anyway-when comcast comes in they will change the whole shabbang and maybe their sad ratings will improve and they will try to be competitive-they are getting clobbered in the ratings over and over-getting rid of this no-nothing immature hater is a start.

Posted by: nanfal722 | November 6, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

You know what You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://bit.ly/bandYw .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

Posted by: antoinehoe06 | November 6, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey Keith? You remember that guy Juan Williams don't you? Maybe you should give him a call and see if maybe he would get you and appointment with Bill O'Reiley for a job interview. I'm sure Bill could use another copy boy. What ya think?

Posted by: DMartin6 | November 6, 2010 4:45 AM | Report abuse

I hereby will quit watching MSNBC.

Fox gives 2 Million Dollars, Olberman gives $7200, and is suspended? What a crock of crap. Count me out!

Posted by: tturner7518 | November 6, 2010 4:14 AM | Report abuse

So long, MSNBC. Follow the money trail folks. Those who have the gold make the rules. Now we know that the MEpublicans rule MSNBC. The right to free speech isn't free, and our airwaves already are contaminated by the anti-government FUX news which speaks the MEpublican language. I trusted Olbermann to hear the facts, which you won't hear on FUX news.

Posted by: Cali-Gram | November 6, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

So long, MSNBC. Follow the money trail folks. Those who have the gold make the rules. Now we know that the MEpublicans rule MSNBC. The right to free speech isn't free, and our airwaves already are contaminated by the anti-government FUX news which speaks the MEpublican language. I trusted Olbermann to hear the facts, which you won't hear on FUX news.

Posted by: Cali-Gram | November 6, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Anyone contributing to the dems is not very smart. We have taken out country back, next thing is take out the black userper in the white house

Posted by: coinguy1945 | November 6, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I am the "TV Guru" for my fam. We will all be dropping all services that include MSNBC (including dishNetwork, DirectTV, cable services, etc) NOW. The decision to suspend Keith is not only STUPID, it is also unconstitionutional! Anybody ask Fix Network how much $$ their "anchors" gave to "candidates"? I think not. It is our right, and our duty to support representatives who can carry our messages to congress. GO KEITH!!! My check is in the msil.

Posted by: mship | November 6, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I am the "TV Guru" for my fam. We will all be dropping all services that include MSNBC (including dishNetwork, DirectTV, cable services, etc) NOW. The decision to suspend Keith is not only STUPID, it is also unconstitionutional! Anybody ask Fix Network how much $$ their "anchors" gave to "candidates"? I think not. It is our right, and our duty to support representatives who can carry our messages to congress. GO KEITH!!! My check is in the msil.

Posted by: mship | November 6, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I am the "TV Guru" for my fam. We will all be dropping all services that include MSNBC (including dishNetwork, DirectTV, cable services, etc) NOW. The decision to suspend Keith is not only STUPID, it is also unconstitionutional! Anybody ask Fix Network how much $$ their "anchors" gave to "candidates"? I think not. It is our right, and our duty to support representatives who can carry our messages to congress. GO KEITH!!! My check is in the msil.

Posted by: mship | November 6, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

PUT KEITH BACK ON THE AIR!

and you might better offer him more money after this...

Mr. Griffin has managed to make his organization look foolish by taking such an overblown approach. We know where Keith stands and where he might donate. What we don't always know is where News Corp and NBC send their millions. You don't think huge corporate donations taint a news organization? Please.

Posted by: SNR43 | November 6, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm an MSNBC regular. I watch Olberman's "Count Down" frequently. I'm not concerned about his political contributions, but some of his ad hominem attacks on people have bothered me. Maybe the firing over contributions was an excuse to fire him for other things.

Posted by: willmoore | November 6, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

F-Bleep Phil Griffin.

Posted by: MickeyGarcia | November 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine that Keith is a big boy now and can take care of himself and do what he will do if NBC let him go. Are we to re-write the Dan Schorr story ?
For a major (small m provided)network to make a headline story of a "no news" lie today from an Ohio nutmeg congressperson concerning what it costs Americans to send their president to other countries to benefit the American economy, it's obvious how much news media is run by hypocrites in suits who act like feudal barons.
The idea that rules are made to be challenged or broken still has some relevance especially in the corrupted money-run politics a.k.a.electioneering in the USA.
Of course there's no sense in appealing THIS to the supreme court,is there ?

Posted by: kiwistan | November 5, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Griffin,
Bring Keith back.I sure looked forward to him nightly. We need to hear the other end of the story. Let us, the listeners decide whether Keith should stay or go.
I no that mine is but one plea of millions.
Looking forward to see Keith next week..
This isn't NPR

Posted by: tpoppt1 | November 5, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Keith I really enjoy countdown! MSNBC is the 3th highest package on cable so I have to watch it online, when it's up and running! I can't believe that u r no longer on countdown you r the only newsman I can count on to tell the truth! I'm praying that U go to CNN and I can watch U everyday, but until U do come back I will not watch cable news!!!

Posted by: rm3jones | November 5, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I think any citizen has a right to make a political contribution to anyone. Unless Olberman publicly announced that he made such contributions, there should be no penalty. Bring him back pronto.

Posted by: John0443 | November 5, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I understand rule are rules, But, remember the old saying; Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Without Keith Oberman your viewer will not be there. At least these people research and have fact on his side...........
My husband and I are avid followers of Countdown. Don't leave him off air to long.We enjoy Hardball and Countdown..........

Posted by: missdeems | November 5, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I understand rule are rules, But, remember the old saying; Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Without Keith Oberman your viewer will not be there. At least these people research and have fact on his side...........
My husband and I are avid followers of Countdown. Don't leave him off air to long.We enjoy Hardball and Countdown..........

Posted by: missdeems | November 5, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on - are we really going to miss this clown?

I think not.

Posted by: Jaymand | November 5, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Please reinstate Mr. Olbermann. He has done so much for the downtrodden. Example: Free Clinics.

Posted by: clydekk | November 5, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I watch Keith every evening and what a refreshing, informative, and educating experience.I understand their are policies however MSNBC needs to look at the whole picture. Fox is laughing and making MSNBC out to be weak and non supportive of it's journalist and they truly are journalist. You have a good thing going for you, he has boosted your ratings and made your organization a place where people who want the truth flock to it. I know the integrity of MSNBC will bring him back soon because people are tired of all the negative propaganda from fox entertainment. They are full of hatred and racist bi-git remarks that have contributed to the mess we are in now. MSNBC is the hope of the masses who want the truth. As a former GE/NBC employee I have faith in the NEWS you bring to those who want to be informed.

Posted by: isaacnliz | November 5, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Bring Keith Back. I was not into politics until I heard Keith show. I learned alot from him. He showed me how to research the candidates before voting. Get all of the facts. He would provide the facts but he made it easy for you to reasearch it and fine your own answers. If not for him I would just been living eveyday and doing what the whatever it took to survive in this world. He gave me a voice. There has been times I wanted to get our there and say alot of things that Keith said but did not know how to and for anyone to listen. I support you keith. Wherevever you go I will follow. MSNBC you have made a great mistake, you need to undo this. He is the voice of the Middle class people. I did not say Democrate but the VOICE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE. Think about it, Get it Right, and Make it right.

Posted by: Lwmiller2 | November 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I am saddened not to have Keith Olberman's wit and savvy commentary available to those of us who find him well informed and able to communicate cogently. Why would Olberman's political donation to those whom he supports be onerous to MSNBC?
Must he also inform that organization how he is to mark his ballot at thepolls? Come on, guys, you are giving comfort to Fox Cable.
I guess I shall skip my MSNBC view during that hour now that he
will be absent.

alerabla / November 5, 2010 / 06:04 PM

Posted by: alerabla | November 5, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The comments here have given me quite a laugh. I never watch the channel and Olberman is one of the reasons why. Actually, I did watch Ed for about 20 minutes one night and learned he is still the loud mouth he was when he was at NDSU.

Posted by: gfafblifr | November 5, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I am sure there were cnbc officials that donated to the republican clowns. Bring this guy back or CNBC will officially be as much of a joke as FOX 5!!!!!!!

Posted by: BLEIBOWITZNYAOLCOM | November 5, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I love it!!! Couldn't have happened to a better guy...aka POS. He is now "the worst POS in America lol" and unemployed. Maybe NPR will hire him lol. Good riddance olberfool....you will not be missed

Posted by: steelers01 | November 5, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Screw cable tv.

I have purchased a Kindle and will drop cable tv.

Posted by: pilotopeaches | November 5, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I am a progressive liberal to be sure but I am in support of MSNBC's decision to suspend Keith. His increasingly vitriolic tit for tat at the likes of Limbaugh, O'Reilly and others is unseemly and, frankly, pulls the debate down to the lowest levels where Fox, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and, the dunceman, Beck flourish. Olberman is clearly enamored of his own rhetoric but I am not.

Posted by: sobersocal49 | November 5, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

YOU ARE LOVED AND RESPECTED. YOU HAVE BEEN MY VOICE WHEN I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I WANTED OR NEEDED ONE. YOU REPRESENT TRUTH IN NOT ONLY THE POLITICAL ARENA, BUT LIFE. I WILL BOYCOTT MSNBC, AND IF THEY DON'T COME TO THERE SENSES AND BRING YOU BACK ON THE AIR, I WILL SUPPORT YOU WHEREVER YOU MAY END UP. I AM A 43YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO NEVER CARED ABOUT POLITICS, BECAUSE I DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKED. I WAS A DEMOCRAT, BECAUSE MY PARENTS WERE. IT WASN'T UNTIL 2008 THAT I STARTED HEARING ABOUT YOU ON THE RADIO. I TURNED TO MSNBC THAT NIGHT AND LISTENED TO YOUR COUNTDOWN SHOW. YOU IGNITED ME AND MADE ME WANT TO GET INVOLVED. BECAUSE OF YOU I VOTED AND I ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WAS VOTING FOR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND FOR BEING THE VOICE FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN. YOU ARE LOVED AND RESPECTED. I WILL SEE YOU SOON, I DON'T KNOW THE STATION OR TIME, BUT WE WILL MEET AGAIN. HOPELY SOONER THAN LATER. I SUPPORT YOU.

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Bring Keith back IMMEDIATELY...!!! This is RIDICULOUS...!!! I can't STAND this...!!! He's the creme de la creme, and I can't imagine MSNBC--or LIFE itself--without him...!!! You know he's a Democrat, anyway, from his program, so what difference does that make? Bring him back...!!!

Posted by: starfish722 | November 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Bring Keith back IMMEDIATELY...!!! This is RIDICULOUS...!!! I can't STAND this...!!! He's the creme de la creme, and I can't imagine MSNBC--or LIFE itself--without him...!!! You know he's a Democrat, anyway, from his program, so what difference does that make? Bring him back...!!!

Posted by: starfish722 | November 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

YOU ARE LOVED AND RESPECTED. YOU HAVE BEEN MY VOICE WHEN I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I WANTED OR NEEDED ONE. YOU REPRESENT TRUTH IN NOT ONLY THE POLITICAL ARENA, BUT LIFE. I WILL BOYCOTT MSNBC, AND IF THEY DON'T COME TO THERE SENSES AND BRING YOU BACK ON THE AIR, I WILL SUPPORT YOU WHEREVER YOU MAY END UP. I AM A 43YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO NEVER CARED ABOUT POLITICS, BECAUSE I DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKED. I WAS A DEMOCRAT, BECAUSE MY PARENTS WERE. IT WASN'T UNTIL 2008 THAT I STARTED HEARING ABOUT YOU ON THE RADIO. I TURNED TO MSNBC THAT NIGHT AND LISTENED TO YOUR COUNTDOWN SHOW. YOU IGNITED ME AND MADE ME WANT TO GET INVOLVED. BECAUSE OF YOU I VOTED AND I ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WAS VOTING FOR. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND FOR BEING THE VOICE FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN. YOU ARE LOVED AND RESPECTED. I WILL SEE YOU SOON, I DON'T KNOW THE STATION OR TIME, BUT WE WILL MEET AGAIN. HOPELY SOONER THAN LATER. I SUPPORT YOU.

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Another politically incorrect media jerk bites the dust. Obermann was so full of himself he didn't fit on our huge TV screen. .....Good riddens !!!!!!

Posted by: Nancianne | November 5, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I will boycott MSNBC, Keith Oberman is the reason why I started watching the station, as well as why I have gain any interest in the political process in the US. ( Oh, I love Rachael too).
Mr. Oberman is a man that should be respected. He speaks for so many who feel that they have no voice. He makes things clear for a layperson to understand in the political arena. As i understand it is not against MSNBC policy to donate, they just wanted him to get approval from them. Please. He is an educated man, he should not have to get permission to do what he wants with his HARD EARNED MONEY. He didn't try to coerce me or any one else to donate to any political person or party. I AM AN AMERICAN WHO STRUGGLES EVERYDAY WITH WHAT I HEAR ON FOX NEWS, THE DISTORTION, THE RACISM THAT COMES OUT OF THAT STATION AND FROM BILL RILEY IS DEPLORABLE. OH, YES EVERY NOW AND AGAIN I LISTEN TO THEM TOO. I THINK IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HEAR WHAT LIES THEY ARE TELLING. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE THAT THEY FEEL ARE UNLIKE THEMSELVES. I BEG OF YOU TO BRING MY VOICE BACK TO MSNBC, FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO HEAR. YOU ARE LOVED AND DEEPLY RESPECTED MR. OBERMAN, AND THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING HONEST. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE CURRENT DILEMA YOU FIND YOURSELF IN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED OF YOU AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT. YOU REPRESENT EQUALITY, SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T WANT. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CHANGE IN AND OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF YOU MR. OBERMAN, BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT "TRUTH." THANKS AGAIN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SUPPORTED BY ME. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT ANOTHER STATION PLEASE LET US KNOW THE CHANNEL. WE WILL FOLLOW. SUBMITTED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT, JC

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I will boycott MSNBC, Keith Oberman is the reason why I started watching the station, as well as why I have gain any interest in the political process in the US. ( Oh, I love Rachael too).
Mr. Oberman is a man that should be respected. He speaks for so many who feel that they have no voice. He makes things clear for a layperson to understand in the political arena. As i understand it is not against MSNBC policy to donate, they just wanted him to get approval from them. Please. He is an educated man, he should not have to get permission to do what he wants with his HARD EARNED MONEY. He didn't try to coerce me or any one else to donate to any political person or party. I AM AN AMERICAN WHO STRUGGLES EVERYDAY WITH WHAT I HEAR ON FOX NEWS, THE DISTORTION, THE RACISM THAT COMES OUT OF THAT STATION AND FROM BILL RILEY IS DEPLORABLE. OH, YES EVERY NOW AND AGAIN I LISTEN TO THEM TOO. I THINK IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HEAR WHAT LIES THEY ARE TELLING. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE THAT THEY FEEL ARE UNLIKE THEMSELVES. I BEG OF YOU TO BRING MY VOICE BACK TO MSNBC, FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO HEAR. YOU ARE LOVED AND DEEPLY RESPECTED MR. OBERMAN, AND THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING HONEST. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE CURRENT DILEMA YOU FIND YOURSELF IN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED OF YOU AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT. YOU REPRESENT EQUALITY, SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T WANT. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CHANGE IN AND OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF YOU MR. OBERMAN, BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT "TRUTH." THANKS AGAIN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SUPPORTED BY ME. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT ANOTHER STATION PLEASE LET US KNOW THE CHANNEL. WE WILL FOLLOW. SUBMITTED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT, JC

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I will boycott MSNBC, Keith Oberman is the reason why I started watching the station, as well as why I have gain any interest in the political process in the US. ( Oh, I love Rachael too).
Mr. Oberman is a man that should be respected. He speaks for so many who feel that they have no voice. He makes things clear for a layperson to understand in the political arena. As i understand it is not against MSNBC policy to donate, they just wanted him to get approval from them. Please. He is an educated man, he should not have to get permission to do what he wants with his HARD EARNED MONEY. He didn't try to coerce me or any one else to donate to any political person or party. I AM AN AMERICAN WHO STRUGGLES EVERYDAY WITH WHAT I HEAR ON FOX NEWS, THE DISTORTION, THE RACISM THAT COMES OUT OF THAT STATION AND FROM BILL RILEY IS DEPLORABLE. OH, YES EVERY NOW AND AGAIN I LISTEN TO THEM TOO. I THINK IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HEAR WHAT LIES THEY ARE TELLING. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE THAT THEY FEEL ARE UNLIKE THEMSELVES. I BEG OF YOU TO BRING MY VOICE BACK TO MSNBC, FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO HEAR. YOU ARE LOVED AND DEEPLY RESPECTED MR. OBERMAN, AND THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING HONEST. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE CURRENT DILEMA YOU FIND YOURSELF IN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED OF YOU AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT. YOU REPRESENT EQUALITY, SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T WANT. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CHANGE IN AND OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF YOU MR. OBERMAN, BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT "TRUTH." THANKS AGAIN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SUPPORTED BY ME. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT ANOTHER STATION PLEASE LET US KNOW THE CHANNEL. WE WILL FOLLOW. SUBMITTED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT, JC

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I will boycott MSNBC, Keith Oberman is the reason why I started watching the station, as well as why I have gain any interest in the political process in the US. ( Oh, I love Rachael too).
Mr. Oberman is a man that should be respected. He speaks for so many who feel that they have no voice. He makes things clear for a layperson to understand in the political arena. As i understand it is not against MSNBC policy to donate, they just wanted him to get approval from them. Please. He is an educated man, he should not have to get permission to do what he wants with his HARD EARNED MONEY. He didn't try to coerce me or any one else to donate to any political person or party. I AM AN AMERICAN WHO STRUGGLES EVERYDAY WITH WHAT I HEAR ON FOX NEWS, THE DISTORTION, THE RACISM THAT COMES OUT OF THAT STATION AND FROM BILL RILEY IS DEPLORABLE. OH, YES EVERY NOW AND AGAIN I LISTEN TO THEM TOO. I THINK IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HEAR WHAT LIES THEY ARE TELLING. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR PEOPLE THAT THEY FEEL ARE UNLIKE THEMSELVES. I BEG OF YOU TO BRING MY VOICE BACK TO MSNBC, FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO HEAR. YOU ARE LOVED AND DEEPLY RESPECTED MR. OBERMAN, AND THANKS FOR ALWAYS BEING HONEST. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE CURRENT DILEMA YOU FIND YOURSELF IN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED OF YOU AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT. YOU REPRESENT EQUALITY, SOMETHING THAT THEY DON'T WANT. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CHANGE IN AND OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF YOU MR. OBERMAN, BECAUSE YOU REPRESENT "TRUTH." THANKS AGAIN, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SUPPORTED BY ME. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT ANOTHER STATION PLEASE LET US KNOW THE CHANNEL. WE WILL FOLLOW. SUBMITTED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT, JC

Posted by: jackiehicks0 | November 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY SOME NEWS HOUNDS GET THERE HANDS SLAPPED FOR THIS SORT OF THING AND OTHERS DO NOT.MR. OBERMAN IS A FIRST CLASS GUY HAS MADE MILLIONS IN REVENUE FOR THE NETWORK AND VOTES IN ELECTIONS. WHO CARES WHO HE SUPPORTS AND DONATES TO ON HIS OWN TIME.WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP.

Posted by: twowrigs | November 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Popular as he might be, including this household, Keith either (a) couldn't read NBC's policy or (b) read it and said to Hell with it.

In so doing, he betrayed his loyal following and betrayed the implicit standards he set by mocking Fox News and Rupert Murdoch and the News Corp. donations to GOP treasuries.

Fox and Murdoch are now having the last laugh on Keith, which he should've also anticipated.

Journalists and commentators who rely on their believability to develop and hold an audience must follow a simple credo - "Our most important asset is our integrity."

Now the unique news/commentary format he pionered and his trustworthiness are in jeopardy because of his pointless, silly political contributions.

Posted by: Irishvetter | November 5, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

My Wife and I watch Keith Olbermann every
week night when he is on MSNBC. We think
he is GREAT.

So we won't be watching that time slot
anymore until he comes back. In addition, we do not care whom MSNBC put in the Countdown's hot seat.

Posted by: nateminor | November 5, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

KEITH, WE WANT YOU BACK!! MSNBC needs to grow a pair and stand up for you. You may work for the station but you are also a U.S. Citizen with rights. I constantly hear folks around the country who record and tune in for your views and comments. At least you get facts and do investigative journalism. You are one of the best voices they have on this station. Phil, let's support Keith. If you want to channel back someone, look at the Morning Joe Show. Check his donations. Betcha he donated to the GOP!! Keep working Keith. Write some op-ed pieces or post on YouTube. I'm sure you will have a place on-air!! GO KEITH!!

Posted by: Justice4all5 | November 5, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

KEITH, WE WANT YOU BACK!! MSNBC needs to grow a pair and stand up for you. You may work for the station but you are also a U.S. Citizen with rights. I constantly hear folks around the country who record and tune in for your views and comments. At least you get facts and do investigative journalism. You are one of the best voices they have on this station. Phil, let's support Keith. If you want to channel back someone, look at the Morning Joe Show. Check his donations. Beatcha he donated to the GOP!! Keep working Keith. Write some op-ed pieces or post on YouTube. I'm sure you will have a place on-air!! GO KEITH!!

Posted by: Justice4all5 | November 5, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see an example made of Keith. We need an end to political bias by the so-called news channels. I have no problem with a special channel for the R's, D's and Tea Party, if they want it but, I am sick and tired of political bias on channels that hold themselves out to be reporting the news. Every year it gets worse.

It is bad enough that we have a Congress that is mostly comatose but, on top of that we have a news media that continues to inflame the emotional and uneducated. I vote to close down FOX, MSNBC and possibly CNN until they can figure out how to provide real news. What happened to investigative reporting, even Meet the Press, one of my all time favorite news programs, has become nothing but, a Meet the Politician show.

Posted by: ChiefSignalman | November 5, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see an example made of Keith. We need an end to political bias by the so-called news channels. I have no problem with a special channel for the R's, D's and Tea Party, if they want it but, I am sick and tired of political bias on channels that hold themselves out to be reporting the news. Every year it gets worse.

It is bad enough that we have a Congress that is mostly comatose but, on top of that we have a news media that continues to inflame the emotional and uneducated. I vote to close down FOX, MSNBC and possibly CNN until they can figure out how to provide real news. What happened to investigative reporting, even Meet the Press, one of my all time favorite news programs, has become nothing but, a Meet the Politician show.

Posted by: ChiefSignalman | November 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I see the way the game is played now. GE/NBC/Fox, and all other corporations can freely give to their lap dogs in Congress or whatever, but an individual in the company can't. Everybody knows K. Olbermann is a liberal so what. This position of your company is preposterous. America won't get its house in order until things are reversed. Olbermann should be able to give and corporations shouldn't.
Sleep well you pampered people in your corporate headquarters. You have purchased yourselves a country and you are not going to give it up anytime soon. Are you?
Power to the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: harvey8 | November 5, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

There is a God!

Posted by: yayamerica | November 5, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's sign a petition to fire the Station Manager. CNN is getting closer to Fox and is he thinking to follow in its foot steps? mindless thinking?

Posted by: postDC | November 5, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's sign a petition to fire the Station Manager. CNN is getting closer to Fox and is he thinking to follow in its foot steps? mindless thinking?

Posted by: postDC | November 5, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC may be taking the high ground here, but the law (Citizens United) lets anyone contribute as much as they wish. Old Rupert gave millions to governors while Kieth gave a paltry $7,200 between three people.

The money surely did not make or break any of the campaigns and was not made in the name of MSNBC, so cut the man some slack.

Posted by: ronjeske | November 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

First of all people he was suspended not fired. My guess is that will last about a week and he will be back on the air. While I understand their position as it is their policy,and he should have said something in advance, it in no way diminishes his knowledge or wit. When Rupert Murdoch can donate over a million dollars to the republicans it does seem rather petty but again if your employer has rules set up you have to follow them. To me this man albeit with some bravado makes excellent points, states facts, and exposes the hypocracy we are subject to daily by the fox pundits. I would love to see fox place their highest rated pundits debate Keith, Rachael, Bill Maher and Larry O Donnell anytime with a no shouting rule in effect. The Libs would tear them up in about two minutes. Conservatives always want you to be stupid and if they shout talking points enough and loud enough and incite fear enough their viewers (who never question anything)believe them. The Libs on the other hand deal in facts and strategy and try to appeal to people with IQ's above 70. It says a lot about this country doesn't it!

Posted by: shschwarz | November 5, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What a shame! Besides Rachel, the only fresh, courageous voice on television during prime time--the only show we will not miss--is being stifled, yea removed. Who will balance the "fair" Fox channel, not to mention Rush Limbaugh? Who will raise a voice for the underdog and the middle class? You are making a BIG mistake! Unbelievable and sad!

Posted by: ARmom | November 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I would love Keith Olberman bringing this matter before the Supreme Court

Posted by: postDC | November 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

He has a right to donate to anyone he choses, but his employer has the right to fire him. The First Amendment only applies to government actions, not private companies. An employer can fire people for being Republican or Democrat, being a liberal or a conservative.

Posted by: Childrex | November 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC WTF? You suspended Keith Oberman because he gave money to a political campaign?

Why would a man have to give up his rights to participate in the democratic process just because he works on TV? I mean what do you think we might get the idea that he is a liberal?
We all know what side Keith is on and that’s OK. I look forward to MrObermans’ commentary and news each weeknight Hell, I sometimes watch the rebroadcast the same evening. He is an honest, concise, interesting voice in the wilderness of the political world.

I am seriously upset by your decision to suspend him. Please reconsider as I will reconsider my support of your channel.

Sincerely,
Anthony Jones

Posted by: videoproducer125 | November 5, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

However, giving $7,200 to Democrats pales in comparison to what Fox News and their Republican cheerleaders do the the GOP every day. Sarah Palin who is running for President in 2012 is on Fox's payroll and Glenn Beck leads the tea party.

Posted by: Trakker
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Actually, what matters is NBC's policy, and being an employee of its news division, he violated it. If Fox allows it, it really doesn't matter. Next time, try to be...fair and balanced.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | November 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown has been suspended indefinitely without pay due to political contributions.

According to Politico, Olbermann made three separate donations of $2,400 to three different Democratic candidates.

This move on the part of MSNBC has the same corporate, under-handed stench that reeked when NBC fired Conan O’Brien from the Tonight Show. Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC said in a statement released late Friday afternoon, "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."

Who’s buying that? K.O. is MSNBC’s biggest star. It’s just too convenient that this news was released late on a Friday afternoon at the end of the news cycle, heading into the weekend of less coverage. There’s more to this story; I am certain of that.

If it looks like a rat, and smells like a rat…

Olbermann sat behind the camera of MSNBC’s top rated show. He is well-known for his liberal leanings as well as his acerbic criticism of many, including Phil Griffin, the executive who suspended him.

What’s that I smell? Eau de rat? Other MSNBC employees have made political contributions, including Republicans Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, and, ironically enough, Chris Hayes who will be filling in during Olbermann’s absence.

These pundits make no bones about their political leanings and that’s why people follow them. I would expect Olbermann to support Democrats in the way that I would expect Scarborough to support Republicans.

A larger, more Constitutional question plays with the mind: Can a company, even a news network, tell its employees who they can or cannot donate their private funds to? Doesn’t Olbermann have the same rights as the rest of us?

Tim Russert must be rolling over in his grave. I miss him, and I will miss Countdown, but I will not miss NBC or MSNBC as I plan to boycott both networks until Olbermann is once again Counting Down.

I am certain of one thing. Phil Griffen is NBC's true Biggest Loser.

Posted by: Penny2010 | November 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This was a huge mistake by MSNBC. Every
citizen should have the right to contribute
to whatever candidate he or she prefers.
This corporate rule must be changed.
Years ago I used to watch Fox News, but
after watching them repeatedly distort the
news, I began checking out other stations.
It is true that Keith views life from a
distinctly liberal perspective, just as I
do. However, I certainly don't begrude Fox
for looking at news from a conservative
perspective. What I do not approve of is their consistent twisting of facts.
Being a regular watcher of "Countdown", I
know he is not consistently promoting the
Obama agenda. In fact, he has been very
critical of President Obama for stepping
too far back from a liberal committment to
fairness and justice, in exchange for
achieving some type of compromise with
Republicans.
He has been critical of the President for
not pursuing those in the past administration who approved and advocated
torture....for caving in and giving up on
the public option....frankly...for compromising on too many issues, and now it appears he might back off of his committment to allow Bush's tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest two percent of Americans...with the rest of us paying for the $700 Billion gift to the only Americans Republicans truly care about.
I truly admire you, Keith. You helped set
up medical clinics for the poor. You,
and fellow MSNBC hosts, argue far more for
an America which truly follows the Constitution...for an America which offers
the common man or woman a chance at the
"pursuit of happiness". The Democratic
Congress accomplished alot in the past two
years with what, perhaps four or five total
Republican votes. The House was lost not
because the country is going in the wrong
direction, but because the committment to
fulfill the "dream" promised in 2008 appears to be slipping away and the Democratic base did not respond.
We need Keith's perspective to help us
through the challenging months and years
ahead. Being a commentator should not
cause one to lose his or her right to
privately support the candidates of their
choice.
MSNBC...bring Keith back. He's done
nothing wrong.

Posted by: andyleheny | November 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.

Posted by: nyohnji

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Try to do some research and critical thinking - difficult for you, I realize, but if you had, you would have found out that Fox's top rated program draws an average of just over 3 million viewers Monday through Friday. The average weekly viewership of Fox in aggregate (I can wait if you need to look that up) is about 6 million. The population of the U.S. is roughly 310 million, meaning that, somehow, the majority of the remaining 304 million are getting the information they need for "going nuts" from somewhere else. I can understand why you couldn't see that. It would require you to be...fair and balanced.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | November 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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This is a trick story, right? I mean, MSNBC/NBC is suspending Olberman for giving a piggy bank amount of money to some far left politicians while the man and the network and management are 24/7 Democrat prostitutes?

Very funny NBC, but you missed April 1st by a boatload of days.

PS: Even tho I can't stand this unfunny simple minded clown I voted No about firing him. It's Corporate hypocracy at the least and unfair period.
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Posted by: salvosm | November 5, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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This is a trick story, right? I mean, MSNBC/NBC is suspending Olberman for giving a piggy bank amount of money to some far left politicians while the man and the network and management are 24/7 Democrat prostitutes?

Very funny NBC, but you missed April 1st by a boatload of days.

PS: Even tho I can't stand this unfunny simple minded clown I voted No about firing him. It's Corporate hypocracy at the least and unfair period.
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Posted by: salvosm | November 5, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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This is a trick story, right? I mean, MSNBC/NBC is suspending Olberman for giving a piggy bank amount of money to some far left politicians while the man and the network and management are 24/7 Democrat prostitutes?

Very funny NBC, but you missed April 1st by a boatload of days.

PS: Even tho I can't stand this unfunny simple minded clown I voted No about firing him. It's Corporate hypocracy at the least and unfair period.
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Posted by: salvosm | November 5, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

My family and I watch Keith Olbermann every
week night when he is on MSNBC. We think
he is GREAT.
So we won't be watching that time slot
anymore until he comes back.

Posted by: mfreeman9 | November 5, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

My family and I watch Keith Olbermann every
week night when he is on MSNBC. We think
he is GREAT.
So we won't be watching that time slot
anymore until he comes back.

Posted by: mfreeman9 | November 5, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

KEITH, WE WANT YOU BACK!! MSNBC needs to grow a pair and stand up for you. You may work for the station but you are also a U.S. Citizen with rights. I constantly hear folks around the country who record and tune in for your views and comments. At least you get facts and do investigative journalism. You are one of the best voices they have on this station. Phil, let's support Keith. If you want to channel back someone, look at the Morning Joe Show. Check his donations. Beatcha he donated to the GOP!! Keep working Keith. Write some op-ed pieces or post on YouTube. I'm sure you will have a place on-air!! GO KEITH!!

Posted by: Justice4all5 | November 5, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Well now let's see. Are you telling me that no other commentator has a political view? I think not. I love both Keith Olbermann and Alan Grayson so you guys knock yourself out. You call Keith Oberman a hypocrite? I guess you watch Fox? No hypocrites there for sure.

Good luck Keith wherever you go - I will be watching you.

Posted by: ep43 | November 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

There can be no doubt but that the MSNBC is hypocritical of Olbermann. He was obviously biased toward the Democratic Party but he was an honest reporter. His donations to Democratic candidates is so minor compared to the donations to the Republican Party by many other media outlets, including Fox News.
Perhaps a minor slap on the wrist is in order but certainly he should not be suspended. This appears to be a giant cave-in to the Conservative Tea Party movement. If Olbermann is permanently suspended, you can count on me as being a "no longer viewer of MSNBC."

Posted by: norbpage | November 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well now let's see. Are you telling me that no other commentator has a political view? I think not. I love both Keith Olbermann and Alan Grayson so you guys knock yourself out. You call Keith Oberman a hypocrite? I guess you watch Fox? No hypocrites there for sure.

Good luck Keith wherever you go - I will be watching you.

Posted by: ep43 | November 5, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The only reason I watch MSNBC is for Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, and without Keith and his probing mind and insights my life will be much the poorer.Considering all the shadowy contributions by anonymous donors Kieth's "sin" seems minor indeed.His removal is quite a gift to FOX and all his adversaries there.Why have you made it is easy for them to now crucify him on the cross of "fair and balanced news." And for god sakes he is an opinionator. So What!

Posted by: beard7 | November 5, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that MSNBC would consider any action against one of their people for campaign contributions. I thought that we lived in a free country. Anyone who watches MSNBC knows what political leaning Keith has. Why shouldn't MSNBC employees be allowed to contribute to candidates. Keith Olbermann is the reason I became an MSNBC loyalist. Beleive it or not, I used to watch Fix News until I couldn't stomach their overt disrespect for Democrats and Progressives. NOT TO MENTION I COULDN'T
STAND THE PINHEAD SEAN HANNITY AND HIS DISHONEST ACCOUNTING OF FACTS AND MOCK JOURNALISM. Anything Keith could do to "stem the tide" of the FAIR AND BALANCED Donations(Ha Ha) given by the Fox news correspondents is a good thing. Further, I think Keith should sue MSNBC and make a strong case against his "rights as a voter being violated." MAYBE JOHN ROBERTS WILL WRITE THE SUMMARY JUDGEMENT IF KEITH'S CASE MAKES IT TO THE SUPREME COURT. THEN MAYBE KEITH, AND ALL OF US NON-CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS COULD GIVE AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THE CANDIDATE OF OUR CHOICE...AND MAYBE WE WON'T HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO ANYONE, INCLUDING MSNBC, HOW MUCH AND TO WHOM WE GAVE THE MONEY. JOHN ROBERTS... YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
YOUR RULING ON THE UNLIMITED AMOUNT THAT CORPORATIONS COULD GIVE WOULD NOT WASH IN A FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT'S CLASSROOM , LET ALONE IN THE SUPREME COURT. SHAME ON YOU MSNBC... AND "SHAME ON YOU" JOHN ROBERTS.
THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD NOT USURP EQUALITY AND EQUAL ACCESS TO THE POLITICAL PROCESS, JUST AS MSNBC SHOULD NOT USURP PERSONAL FREEDOMS TO CONTRIBUTE TO ANYONE RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. PHIL GRIFFIN SHOULD LOOK AT HIS PATHETIC RATINGS AT MSNBC AND THANK HIS LUCKY STARS HE HAS KEITH OLBERMANN, OR HE MAY NOT EVEN HAVE A JOB. IF KEITH GOES, I GO WITH HIM, AND SO WILL A LOT OF OTHER VIEWERS. THEN MR. GRIFFIN WILL BE LOOKING FOR A JOB HIMSELF. GRIFFIN IS A POMPOUS, SELF-SERVING CLOWN WITH LITTLE REGARDS FOR HIS RATINGS. SOMEONE WITH SUCH PETTY BELIEFS AND UNREALISTIC AUTHORITY,IS NOT FIT TO HEAD A NEWS NETWORK. THIS DECISION IS PROBABLY THE ULTIMATE CAREER SUICIDE. MR. GRIFFIN: YOU'RE DAYS AS THE HEAD OF MSNBC ARE NUMBERED. TRY AND COMPETE WITH FOX, YOU'LL ONLY FALL FURTHER BEHIND WITH DECISIONS AND POLICIES LIKE THESE. FREE KEITH OLBERMANN--LET HIM BACK TO WORK.
SUSPEND YOUR SELF.. MR. GRIFFIN; TAKE A TIME OUT. REASSESS YOUR POLICIES... DO YOUR JOB, AND STAY OUT OF THE PRIVATE, POLITICAL DECISIONS OF PRIVATE CITIZENS.
IF ALL YOU WANT TO TELEVISE AT MSNBC IS REPEAT AIRINGS OF "LOCK-UP, EXTENDED STAY" THEN KEEP MAKING THESE GOOF-BALL DECISIONS.
MAY BE YOU AND JOHN ROBERTS CAN MAKE CAMEO APPEARANCE ON ONE OF YOUR LOCK-UP PROGRAMS.
I AM SURE IT WILL GET GREAT RATINGS.

Posted by: joselouis4077 | November 5, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Fix your comment server, WAPO.

We are all sending multiple posts because it freezes up when sending in comments!

Posted by: jgmann | November 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JoeJankovic"

"MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit."
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That would be awesome. Maybe I would watch cable news again if they put Grayson on...

I'd call Grayson "outspoken" rather than ignorant. He was usually right, but he was way over the top in his methods. The country could use more passionate representatives like him...

Posted by: jgmann | November 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Okay - I'm out of here - till MSNBC re-instates Olberman. Even though I also love Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, I will NOT watch MSNBC at all till Keith is back.

Give me a freaking break - all kinds of low life scum can donate to all kinds of weird, backward right wing nuts, but there is a "rule" against MSNBC staff donating to progressive candidates?

I guess it's okay if the majority of commentators that appear on MSNBC are progressives - as long as MSNBC does not SUPPORT their campaigns?

Is MSNBC a liberal news channel or not?

Of course - everyone over at Fixed News will be rubbing their hands in glee, as will Limbaugh.

All of whom of course, no doubt, made campaign doantions to whomever they wished, with no repercussions at all.

Keith is a progressive bold enough, brave enough and outspoken enough to tell it like it is!

So much for justice in this world.

We're with you Keith. God bless!

Posted by: Aquarius7251 | November 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I hope this means he's off of MSNBC for good. I caught his show back in 2003 because he was good on ESPN. I thought it a little weird that because he was good on ESPN that he should be pontificating on MSNBC, but what the heck. When he signed off with "Good night, and good luck," stealing Edward R. Murrow's famous sign-off, I tuned out. Every once in a while I would peek at his show to see if it's still obviously a bluster-fest and, in most respects, it did feel that way. He is the Left's Glenn Beck, equally damaging because he confuses people by delivering fact and opinion in the same breath, never mentioning which is which. Now he's been caught, not only breaking company policy, but making it perfectly clear how much of a hypocrite he is. It's a problem if a news organization gives to the Republican party, but a its OK for public faces of a news organization to give, even if it seems to be a conflict of interest and degrades the credibility of the entire network.
Today is a good day. Good riddance, Olberman.

Posted by: AlecF | November 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation that does not allow employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed,liberal political pundit. That is why people watched his show and why he tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many fewer viewers. Mr. Griffin can rule the roost only if the roost is worth ruling!

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dont suspend Keith Olbermann

Posted by: donnalaine | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JoeJankovic"

"MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit."
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That would be awesome. Maybe I would watch cable news again if they put Grayson on...

I'd call Grayson "outspoken" rather than ignorant. He was usually right, but he was way over the top in his methods. The country could use more representatives like him...

Posted by: jgmann | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation that does not allow employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed,liberal political pundit. That is why people watched his show and why he tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many fewer viewers. Mr. Griffin can rule the roost only if the roost is worth ruling!

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Okay - I'm out of here - till MSNBC re-instates Olberman. Even though I also love Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, I will NOT watch MSNBC at all till Keith is back.

Give me a freaking break - all kinds of low life scum can donate to all kinds of weird, backward right wing nuts, but there is a "rule" against MSNBC staff donating to progressive candidates?

I guess it's okay if the majority of commentators that appear on MSNBC are progressives - as long as MSNBC does not SUPPORT their campaigns?

Is MSNBC a liberal news channel or not?

Of course - everyone over at Fixed News will be rubbing their hands in glee, as will Limbaugh.

All of whom of course, no doubt, made campaign doantions to whomever they wished, with no repercussions at all.

Keith is a progressive bold enough, brave enough and outspoken enough to tell it like it is!

So much for justice in this world.

We're with you Keith. God bless!

Posted by: Aquarius7251 | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dont suspend Keith Olbermann

Posted by: donnalaine | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Dont suspend Keith Olbermann

Posted by: donnalaine | November 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Keith,
Actually, this is great news!
CNN desperately needs someone with your point of view and you will have a larger worldwide audience.
The mindless brains running MSNBC will come to regret their ridiculous action. The remaining commentators will continue with their real truth in a media composed of so many liars.
You will grow and expand the rational view of news!
fadedink

Posted by: fadedink | November 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JoeJankovic"

"MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit."
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That would be awesome. Maybe I would watch cable news again if they put Grayson on...

I'd call Grayson "outspoken" rather than ignorant. He was usually right, but he was way over the top in his methods. The country could use more representatives like him...

Posted by: jgmann | November 5, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation that does not allow employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed,liberal political pundit. That is why people watched his show and why he tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many fewer viewers. Mr. Griffin can rule the roost only if the roost is worth ruling!

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Unless MSNBC reinstates Keith Olbermann immediately I am going to stop watching any and all MSNBC, NBC and any and all other company related TV. I will also start blogs, speak on blogs, and/or contribute to any and all other free discussions and/or uses of free speech where I will argue forcefully, rationally, and loudly in favor of 1) Keith Olbermann, 2) boycotts of all MSNBC or related (NBC and all of GE) products or services of any kind, 3) protesting any and all companies, including MSNBC, which restrict political contributions of any kind in any way, and 4) moving to prohibit any company, by law, from being involved in any way with employee political contributions. Political contributions are free speech and are protected as free speech. (See: The Supreme Court.) Phil Griffin, Jeff Zucker, and Jeff Gaspin should be ashamed of themselves and they should publicly apologize to Mr. Olbermann.

Posted by: CitizenSmith | November 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Where is this guy Griffin going to be working? He can't work at Farce News because all their people contribute to politicians and even hold rallys for them. Plus the Farce News Corporation donated one million dollars to republicans. You are living in the past Griffin---the Supreme Court even lets corporations donate to political parties and they can also spend millions on ads for or against politicians. Get with it Griffin or retire. You are out of touch with the modern world.

Posted by: jjdenton | November 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JoeJankovic"

"MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit."
---------------------------
That would be awesome. Maybe I would watch cable news again if they put Grayson on...

I'd call Grayson "outspoken" rather than ignorant. He was usually right, but he was way over the top in his methods. The country could use more representatives like him...

Posted by: jgmann | November 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation that does not allow employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed,liberal political pundit. That is why people watched his show and why he tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many fewer viewers. Mr. Griffin can rule the roost only if the roost is worth ruling!

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the rules are at MSNBC they cant pretnd to operate in a country driven nuts by fox news.We need a counter voice to hear the truth from the conspiracies spinned by the fox men and that voice found in K.O.,R.M,C. M. and E.S and other brave gallant voices at MSNBC.If keith is going,so am i and many others.Talk about rules,in an already polarised country driven mad by Fox,MSNBC better change its rules to suit the landscape or soon no one will be watching it.We need powerful voices like Keith and he part he plays in exposing rightwing lies from Fox should be considered before we turn elsewhere to get the truth about whats going on here.I vote for the goddamn suspension to be lifted as soon as possible because i am already missing K.O.

Posted by: nyohnji | November 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation that does not allow employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed,liberal political pundit. That is why people watched his show and why he tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many fewer viewers. Mr. Griffin can rule the roost only if the roost is worth ruling!

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentators should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Unless MSNBC reinstates Keith Olbermann immediately I am going to stop watching any and all MSNBC, NBC and any and all other company related TV. I will also start blogs, speak on blogs, and/or contribute to any and all other free discussions and/or uses of free speech where I will argue forcefully, rationally, and loudly in favor of 1) Keith Olbermann, 2) boycotts of all MSNBC or related (NBC and all of GE) products or services of any kind, 3) protesting any and all companies, including MSNBC, which restrict political contributions of any kind in any way, and 4) moving to prohibit any company, by law, from being involved in any way with employee political contributions. Political contributions are free speech and are protected as free speech. (See: The Supreme Court.) Phil Griffin, Jeff Zucker, and Jeff Gaspin should be ashamed of themselves and they should publicly apologize to Mr. Olbermann.

Posted by: CitizenSmith | November 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This is obviously using a dubious technicality, to get rid of Obie. Not unlike NPR with it's ridiculous convoluted explanation for dumping Juan.

The big difference? Though the reasoning is a stretch at best in both instances; the REAL reasons for Juan's firing don't make alot of sense to me(we just HATE Fox News..he appears on Fox..so he's out..??) However dumping Keith is logical. Even by raving idealogue standards he is an embarassment. Did you happen to catch MSNBC election night "coverage"? Sophomoric, rude, disrespectful...wow. And unfortunately, Chris Matthews, whom I used to respect, has gotten on board as well. Challenging questions to your political opposites are fine with me; personal insults ("Has Palin ever read a book; CAN she read?" and asking Michelle Bachman "Are you hypnotized,...seriously are you in a trance?" while Oberman cackles in the background..) It's deplorable.

Posted by: mitchinam | November 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

seosamh1:

MSNBC president Phil Griffin had issued an open challenge in light of the News Corp. donations, saying to The New York Times in October, "Show me an example of us fundraising."

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

This is obviously using a dubious technicality, to get rid of Obie. Not unlike NPR with it's ridiculous convoluted explanation for dumping Juan.

The big difference? Though the reasoning is a stretch at best in both instances; the REAL reasons for Juan's firing don't make alot of sense to me(we just HATE Fox News..he appears on Fox..so he's out..??) However dumping Keith is logical. Even by raving idealogue standards he is an embarassment. Did you happen to catch MSNBC election night "coverage"? Sophomoric, rude, disrespectful...wow. And unfortunately, Chris Matthews, whom I used to respect, has gotten on board as well. Challenging questions to your political opposites are fine with me; personal insults ("Has Palin ever read a book; CAN she read?" and asking Michelle Bachman "Are you hypnotized,...seriously are you in a trance?" while Oberman cackles in the background..) It's deplorable.

Posted by: mitchinam | November 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

So FOX Network can accept $1,000,000 from the GOP and still claim to be "fair and balanced" but Olberman can't make a private and individual political campaign contribution within the limts of Federal Law? And yet FOX/GOP supporters embrace the freedom of corporations in making unlimited cash contributions without even revealing their identities? And FOX supporters see no hypocrisy or double standard?

Posted by: mikesba | November 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Forget all the rantings about individual rights, the Fox network, the fact your ratings tripled when you hired Olbermann, etc, etc. Who really cares! You should permanently dismiss him, and while you are doing it, send Chris Matthews's Hardball show, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow and Larry O'Donnell with him. This is the most obnoxious group of arrogant, smug and egotistical people on television (Chris Matthews show on NBC Sundays is an exception because he usually has great guests and does not dominate the show. Your viewers and sponsors deserve better.

Posted by: billdirectaccess | November 5, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So FOX Network can accept $1,000,000 from the GOP and still claim to be "fair and balanced" but Olberman can't make a private and individual political campaign contribution within the limts of Federal Law? And yet FOX/GOP supporters embrace the freedom of corporations in making unlimited cash contributions without even revealing their identities? And FOX supporters see no hypocrisy or double standard?

Posted by: mikesba | November 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This is an obsurd policy! Keith is an excellent commentator and I certainly hope you put him back on the air. Your policy should be filed 13'd!! The private citizen part of your commentator's should be allowed to function in their private lives. This is not allowing their rights and freedoms to act outside of their job! Bring Keith back!

Posted by: SparksWriter | November 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Kieth has never pretended to be anything other than a Democrat, but, unlike most of the broadcasters on Fox, he does not make up FACTS. Your rules are not a prohibition on political contribution. Apparently he did not get permission. OK, that's a violation for which he should have some sort of punishment. However, firing him is unnecessarily harsh. You have punished your network and all regular viewers of Countdown. Please reconsider. Mari Morsell

Posted by: mmari1 | November 5, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Fox hiring every failed right-wing Republican politician and donation millions to the Republican Party. Big Deal.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Didn't MSNBC learn anything from NPR's decision to fire Juan William? This is another sad example of a "corporate" policy violating an individual right. If MSNBC insists on imposing its will in this fashion then this long-time viewer will vote with his middle finger and press CNN button on his remote to watch Parker/Spitzer at 8pm instead.
Good bye and good luck MSNBC until you reverse this wrong-headed decision.

Posted by: msoptions | November 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Poor Keith. Poor hateful, hateful Keith! I wonder if he had to donate to get guests to agree to go on his show. I had watched him off and on in the past while flipping through channels and always caught hateful rhetoric, not substantive content. I used to watch Chris Mathews, but stopped after I heard him on 12 September 2001 ask an emergency responder whether they were seeing a lot of bady parts laying around! He has no sense of decency! Besides, his leg tingling is creepy. Rachel Maddow is another one who, with this cadre, has succeeded in making MSNBC the failure that it is.

Posted by: dotjuan1 | November 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I oppose any corporation who denies employees their constitutional right to PRIVATELY and LEGALLY donate to political campaigns. Keith Olbermann is an articulate and,indeed, liberal political pundit. That is precisely why people watch his show and why he has tripled MSNBC's ratings. No Keith=many less viewers. Mr. Griffin can only rule the roost if the roost is worth ruling.

Posted by: Dallasgal2 | November 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Didn't MSNBC learn anything from NPR's decision to fire Juan William? This is another sad example of a "corporate" policy violating an individual right. If MSNBC insists on imposing its will in this fashion then this long-time viewer will vote with his middle finger and press CNN button on his remote to watch Parker/Spitzer at 8pm instead.
Good bye and good luck MSNBC until you reverse this wrong-headed decision.

Posted by: msoptions | November 5, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

If a commentator speaks in a 'news' network that no one watches, did he make a sound?

Posted by: bpadrino | November 5, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to a biased moron. He broke the rules, end of conversation. Trying to compare this to FoxNews contributing is apples and oranges.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Lack of due process and 1984ish.

MSNBC could set up a 'blue-ribbon' panel to reveiw the actions and in two years they could issue a 500 page report saying nothing like the government - and this would create jobs to those in Congress who are now out of them.

Posted by: jccrandell | November 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

whiteha1 ~ campaign contributions are public. You can find them on the internets.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to a biased moron. He broke the rules, end of conversation. Trying to compare this to FoxNews contributing is apples and oranges.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to a biased moron. He broke the rules, end of conversation. Trying to compare this to FoxNews contributing is apples and oranges.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to a biased moron. He broke the rules, end of conversation. Trying to compare this to FoxNews contributing is apples and oranges.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Lack of due process and 1984ish.

MSNBC could set up a 'blue-ribbon' panel to reveiw the actions and in two years they could issue a 500 page report saying nothing like the government - and this would create jobs to those in Congress who are now out of them.

Posted by: jccrandell | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that a lot of these geniuses posted the same message multiple times. Is that for emphasis?
I quit tuning to MSNBC when Oberman was given a four year contract right after Bush was re-elected. Just got tired of his one-sided rant, I guess.

Posted by: ggarrison9 | November 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Of course Olbermann was Fired!
What does he think he is, a corporation?
Remember when Fox News claimed patent rights for "fair" and "unbiased"?
Remember when George Will claimed that he was for free speech?
These are supposed to be public airwaves.
They are not owned by corporations!
Shouldn't a license be required to let the people regain ownership?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | November 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

whiteha1 ~ campaign contributions are public. You can find them on the internets.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It is a poor business decision to suspend the best thing since fried bread as far as MNBC is concerned. Compared to the morons over on Fox Fascist News he is a gem. Mr Griffin: reverse this silly decision. We need honest voices unlike the numbskulls on Fox who allege Obama is to be accompanied by half the US Navy on his trip to India and has 870 rooms booked in the Taj Mahal Hotel for his entourage. Of course Beck believes the world is flat and Hannity saw a saber tooth tiger dining on a mastodon in his back yard. As the Fox icon Josef Goebbels has said: "If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it". This is especially true of the tea partiers and Fox listeners who are incapable of critical thinking.

Posted by: seosamh1 | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Is not Keith Olbermann an American citizen free to donate to the Party of his choice? What has one thing to do with the other? Do you think that Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity have NOT contributed to the GOP candidates of their choosing? I see no hypocrisy here. What kind of rule has he broken? Lord knows his rhetoric supports his contribution. Can ANYONE out there see him making a contribution to Rand Paul???I didn't think so. I hope to see Keith back at his desk A.S.A.P. This suspension STINKS!

Posted by: billnbillieskid | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Bandmom: You say: Well, we all knew this creep was biased. And we all knew he was a huge hypocrite. Now he's proved it.

The interesting thing will be what MSDNC and NBC do about it. He broke the rules - will he be fired? or punished in some way? Or will they be outed for the hypocrites they are as well?

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He never tried to hide his liberal bias, but a hypocrite? Why? I have never heard him making any allegations about an individual (e.g. Glenn Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly) making personal contributions. His one and only issue was with Newscorp making donations to the RGA and Chamber of Commerce. As for what MSNBC/GE do about it, isn't suspension without pay punnishment - or should he be tar and feathered in the town square?

Please explain your logic around calling him a hypocrote. Seems to me, he knew what the policy was, and he violated it. Now he will be subject to whatever punnishment they decide to impose upon him. He may be a lot of things including a hypocrite, but Olbermann is not stupid, so he must be trying to make some point here. He makes plenty of money sports casting and writing books, so perhaps he will get fired or resign on purpose? Let's see how it pans ut.

Posted by: winks_lbj | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Bandmom: You say: Well, we all knew this creep was biased. And we all knew he was a huge hypocrite. Now he's proved it.

The interesting thing will be what MSDNC and NBC do about it. He broke the rules - will he be fired? or punished in some way? Or will they be outed for the hypocrites they are as well?

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He never tried to hide his liberal bias, but a hypocrite? Why? I have never heard him making any allegations about an individual (e.g. Glenn Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly) making personal contributions. His one and only issue was with Newscorp making donations to the RGA and Chamber of Commerce. As for what MSNBC/GE do about it, isn't suspension without pay punnishment - or should he be tar and feathered in the town square?

Please explain your logic around calling him a hypocrote. Seems to me, he knew what the policy was, and he violated it. Now he will be subject to whatever punnishment they decide to impose upon him. He may be a lot of things including a hypocrite, but Olbermann is not stupid, so he must be trying to make some point here. He makes plenty of money sports casting and writing books, so perhaps he will get fired or resign on purpose? Let's see how it pans ut.

Posted by: winks_lbj | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

jjdenton and Cvale:

Were you similarly outraged when Juan Williams was fired?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Is not Keith Olbermann an American citizen free to donate to the Party of his choice? What has one thing to do with the other? Do you think that Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity have NOT contributed to the GOP candidates of their choosing? I see no hypocrisy here. What kind of rule has he broken? Lord knows his rhetoric supports his contribution. Can ANYONE out there see him making a contribution to Rand Paul???I didn't think so. I hope to see Keith back at his desk A.S.A.P. This suspension STINKS!

Posted by: billnbillieskid | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Did the thread break?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

As a private citizen Keith can do what he wants with his own money. He neither endorsed nor sought to solicit funds on these candidates behalf and I frankly find it abhorrent that an employer would demand to know of your private donations as a private citizen . The comparison to Fox is bogus as Olbermann was acting in his capacity as a private citizen. What the hell is wrong with this Griffin guy. If he keeps it up we will all be watching Bonanza reruns on MSNBC. Someone has to go here and I suspect it won't be Keith.

Posted by: Cvale | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

As a private citizen Keith can do what he wants with his own money. He neither endorsed nor sought to solicit funds on these candidates behalf and I frankly find it abhorrent that an employer would demand to know of your private donations as a private citizen . The comparison to Fox is bogus as Olbermann was acting in his capacity as a private citizen. What the hell is wrong with this Griffin guy. If he keeps it up we will all be watching Bonanza reruns on MSNBC. Someone has to go here and I suspect it won't be Keith.

Posted by: Cvale | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It is a poor business decision to suspend the best thing since fried bread as far as MNBC is concerned. Compared to the morons over on Fox Fascist News he is a gem. Mr Griffin: reverse this silly decision. We need honest voices unlike the numbskulls on Fox who allege Obama is to be accompanied by half the US Navy on his trip to India and has 870 rooms booked in the Taj Mahal Hotel for his entourage. Of course Beck believes the world is flat and Hannity saw a saber tooth tiger dining on a mastodon in his back yard. As the Fox icon Josef Goebbels has said: "If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it". This is especially true of the tea partiers and Fox listeners who are incapable of critical thinking.

Posted by: seosamh1 | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You just lost me as a viewer. Any corporation that denies their employees their Constitutional rights is not a corporation I will have anything to do with. I hope all those who agree will let you know the same and as you see viewers drop your advertising income will drop.
As Keith would say, "Goodbye and good luck"


Posted by: jjdenton | November 5, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If he broke the rules, I'm glad to see he got slapped for it. He's a pompous, self righteous, arrogant weasel who's quick to point out any perceived wrong-doings from those with whom he disagrees.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Lack of due process and 1984ish.

MSNBC could set up a 'blue-ribbon' panel to reveiw the actions and in two years they could issue a 500 page report saying nothing like the government - and this would create jobs to those in Congress who are now out of them.

Posted by: jccrandell | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

As a private citizen Keith can do what he wants with his own money. He neither endorsed nor sought to solicit funds on these candidates behalf and I frankly find it abhorrent that an employer would demand to know of your private donations as a private citizen . The comparison to Fox is bogus as Olbermann was acting in his capacity as a private citizen. What the hell is wrong with this Griffin guy. If he keeps it up we will all be watching Bonanza reruns on MSNBC. Someone has to go here and I suspect it won't be Keith.

Posted by: Cvale | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I just got a tingly feeling running up my leg. Next get rid of Mathews!

What a disgrace the SOROS network is....

Liberals still don't get it. Hope they fire him next.

Posted by: I_Hate_Koolaide | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I just got a tingly feeling running up my leg. Next get rid of Mathews!

What a disgrace the SOROS network is....

Liberals still don't get it. Hope they fire him next.

Posted by: I_Hate_Koolaide | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann is who got me to watching MSNBC in the first place. I hope they will lift his suspension because in America I thought we all had the rights as american citizens to donate to whatever political party or person we wanted to. What I object to is these big corporations, democratic or republican, donating. My other favorite although I like all of them in the evening lineup at MSNBC is Lawrence O'Donnell. You can get an education just listening to him. I have tried to watch Fox News but they say such outlandish things I can't and I wonder at naive and gullibility of the average Fox listener.

Posted by: jonessmith | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I just got a tingly feeling running up my leg. Next get rid of Mathews!

What a disgrace the SOROS network is....

Liberals still don't get it. Hope they fire him next.

Posted by: I_Hate_Koolaide | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It is a poor business decision to suspend the best thing since fried bread as far as MNBC is concerned. Compared to the morons over on Fox Fascist News he is a gem. Mr Griffin: reverse this silly decision.

Posted by: seosamh1 | November 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit.

Posted by: JoeJankovic | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit.

Posted by: JoeJankovic | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit.

Posted by: JoeJankovic | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Of course Oilbermann was fired!
What does he think he is, a corporation?
You don't really expect George Will to protect free speech, do you?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

If he broke the rules, I'm glad to see he got slapped for it. He's a pompous, self righteous, arrogant weasel who's quick to point out any perceived wrong-doings from those with whom he disagrees.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Evidently Fox News does not have the same policy.

Posted by: brit89 | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Of course Oilbermann was fired!
What does he think he is, a corporation?
You don't really expect George Will to protect free speech, do you?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | November 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!!

No doubt you can find Keith hiding out in his bathtub for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: bacala1 | November 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

As a private citizen Keith can do what he wants with his own money. He neither endorsed nor sought to solicit funds on these candidates behalf and I frankly find it abhorrent that an employer would demand to know of your private donations as a private citizen . The comparison to Fox is bogus as Olbermann was acting in his capacity as a private citizen. What the hell is wrong with this Griffin guy. If he keeps it up we will all be watching Bonanza reruns on MSNBC. Someone has to go here and I suspect it won't be Keith.

Posted by: Cvale | November 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

My question would be who informed Phil Griffin of Keith's contribution? Aren't campaign contributions private, at least that is what American Prosperity says.

Posted by: whiteha1 | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC should hire Alan Grayson as he is as biased, loud and ignorant as Olbermann. It would be the perfect fit.

Posted by: JoeJankovic | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiples. I apologise if anyone was offended. :)

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

As a private citizen Keith can do what he wants with his own money. He neither endorsed nor sought to solicit funds on these candidates behalf and I frankly find it abhorrent that an employer would demand to know of your private donations as a private citizen . The comparison to Fox is bogus as Olbermann was acting in his capacity as a private citizen. What the hell is wrong with this Griffin guy. If he keeps it up we will all be watching Bonanza reruns on MSNBC. Someone has to go here and I suspect it won't be Keith.

Posted by: Cvale | November 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Keith got suspended for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates.

Fox noisecasters can get FIRED for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates. Or for NOT making campaign contributions to rep candidates.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

hideaway22:

Would you have similar complaints if someone had murdered Adolf Hitler?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow JakeD2. Murdered? Classy.

"Suspended", "fired", "murdered" who cares? Just as long as he's off the air!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hideaway22 | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann will get his job back because he has raised MSNBCs rating very high. I like his show and think hannity,Beck, Bubba O and that felon on the radio, Rush are hate mongers who spew hate. Rush is someone who has cheated on his wives and will continue to, he is a felon(convicted by the way) and drug addict. Beck is an idiot, pure and simple, hannity is just confused all the time and Bubba O is full of hot air. Look at the size of that head of his and its that big not because of brains but because its full of hot air. I hope NBC changes its policy to, *Will advise of making contributions to political parties* and not *will ask for permission to*. Its a stupid policy to stop someone from supporting someone they want with $$$. I never had a problem when Fox did it because fox is a right wing propaganda network who employs morons, drug addicts, idiots and one person in particular who has *Deep emotional problems and suffers from deep psychological problems*. Yeah, bring Mr.O back..

Posted by: Realistic5 | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Best news of the day. Keith is a hate monger and has no place on TV. Good riddance!

Posted by: youngm1 | November 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann will get his job back because he has raised MSNBCs rating very high. I like his show and think hannity,Beck, Bubba O and that felon on the radio, Rush are hate mongers who spew hate. Rush is someone who has cheated on his wives and will continue to, he is a felon(convicted by the way) and drug addict. Beck is an idiot, pure and simple, hannity is just confused all the time and Bubba O is full of hot air. Look at the size of that head of his and its that big not because of brains but because its full of hot air. I hope NBC changes its policy to, *Will advise of making contributions to political parties* and not *will ask for permission to*. Its a stupid policy to stop someone from supporting someone they want with $$$. I never had a problem when Fox did it because fox is a right wing propaganda network who employs morons, drug addicts, idiots and one person in particular who has *Deep emotional problems and suffers from deep psychological problems*. Yeah, bring Mr.O back..

Posted by: Realistic5 | November 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I'm coming to the defense of Keith Olberman. Why shouldn't personnel at news organizations be able to donate to political parties and candidates? Their parent companies (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, et al) already donate millions in soft-money via favorable, biased coverage.

Frankly, I'm less bothered by personal donations by the likes of Olberman than I am by the corporate donations in the form of wink-wink coverage of liberal candidates.

They are kidding themselves if they think any rationale-thinking Americans can still be convinced that major media outlets are bias-free. How can Olberman and friends donating money to Democrats make them any more biased than Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings already were?

Posted by: dbw1 | November 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow JakeD2. Murdered? Classy.

"Suspended", "fired", "murdered" who cares? Just as long as he's off the air!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hideaway22 | November 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Keith got suspended for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates.

Fox noisecasters can get FIRED for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates. Or for NOT making campaign contributions to rep candidates.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@bluicebank

Because under NBC's code of ethics, donating to a political candidate wasn't the problem. The problem was he didn't get permission from his superiors to make the donation.

I can only assume that Scarborough asked for and was granted permission to make his donation.

Posted by: njemurray | November 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann will get his job back because he has raised MSNBCs rating very high. I like his show and think hannity,Beck, Bubba O and that felon on the radio, Rush are hate mongers who spew hate. Rush is someone who has cheated on his wives and will continue to, he is a felon(convicted by the way) and drug addict. Beck is an idiot, pure and simple, hannity is just confused all the time and Bubba O is full of hot air. Look at the size of that head of his and its that big not because of brains but because its full of hot air. I hope NBC changes its policy to, *Will advise of making contributions to political parties* and not *will ask for permission to*. Its a stupid policy to stop someone from supporting someone they want with $$$. I never had a problem when Fox did it because fox is a right wing propaganda network who employs morons, drug addicts, idiots and one person in particular who has *Deep emotional problems and suffers from deep psychological problems*. Yeah, bring Mr.O back..

Posted by: Realistic5 | November 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I understand why the policy exists but I think it goes a bit too far. I don't think personal contributions to campaigns should be an issue, as long as it is not advertised. Now if he personally went out and campaigned for a particular candidate then I believe that would cross a line.

Posted by: whiteha1 | November 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Keith got suspended for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates.

Fox noisecasters can get FIRED for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates. Or for NOT making campaign contributions to rep candidates.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones:

I thought that you wanted FULL DISCLOSURE from the Chamber of Commerce? Hypocrit!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@bluicebank

Because under NBC's code of ethics, donating to a political candidate wasn't the problem. The problem was he didn't get permission from his superiors to make the donation.

I can only assume that Scarborough asked for and was granted permission to make his donation.

Posted by: njemurray | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Keith got suspended for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates.

Fox noisecasters can get FIRED for making campaign contributions to Dem candidates. Or for NOT making campaign contributions to rep candidates.

Posted by: filfeit | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann will get his job back because he has raised MSNBCs rating very high. I like his show and think hannity,Beck, Bubba O and that felon on the radio, Rush are hate mongers who spew hate. Rush is someone who has cheated on his wives and will continue to, he is a felon(convicted by the way) and drug addict. Beck is an idiot, pure and simple, hannity is just confused all the time and Bubba O is full of hot air. Look at the size of that head of his and its that big not because of brains but because its full of hot air. I hope NBC changes its policy to, *Will advise of making contributions to political parties* and not *will ask for permission to*. Its a stupid policy to stop someone from supporting someone they want with $$$. I never had a problem when Fox did it because fox is a right wing propaganda network who employs morons, drug addicts, idiots and one person in particular who has *Deep emotional problems and suffers from deep psychological problems*. Yeah, bring Mr.O back..

Posted by: Realistic5 | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann will get his job back because he has raised MSNBCs rating very high. I like his show and think hannity,Beck, Bubba O and that felon on the radio, Rush are hate mongers who spew hate. Rush is someone who has cheated on his wives and will continue to, he is a felon(convicted by the way) and drug addict. Beck is an idiot, pure and simple, hannity is just confused all the time and Bubba O is full of hot air. Look at the size of that head of his and its that big not because of brains but because its full of hot air. I hope NBC changes its policy to, *Will advise of making contributions to political parties* and not *will ask for permission to*. Its a stupid policy to stop someone from supporting someone they want with $$$. I never had a problem when Fox did it because fox is a right wing propaganda network who employs morons, drug addicts, idiots and one person in particular who has *Deep emotional problems and suffers from deep psychological problems*. Yeah, bring Mr.O back..

Posted by: Realistic5 | November 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

@jonbranch

You do it because, as a former journalist myself, you cannot leave yourself open to accusations of bias and conflict of interest. I didn't even work in news or politics, but I knew that it was a complete no-no to donate either time or money to a political campaign.

To do so would call the reputation of the newspaper I worked for into question.

I honestly don't know what was going through Mr. Olbermann's mind when he decided that this was a good decision. He has to have known that most likely the donations would be found, and it would get him not only in serious trouble with his employer, but also give him and his employer a black eye when it came to their reputations.

Posted by: njemurray | November 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

So why hasn't MSNBC suspended Joe Scarborough, who has also donated to a political candidate, Republican Derrick Kitts?

MSNBC just replied that Scarborough has an opinion show, and Olbermann has a news show. Olbermann's show isn't opinion? lol.

Not that it matters. The policy should be applied evenly or not at all.

Posted by: bluicebank | November 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

so he gets swapped out for some Young Pioneer from The Nation- BWAAAAAAAhahahahahaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Posted by: fourbuttons2003 | November 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it just like Republicans to scrutinize what people do with their own free time, and with their own money.

Seems to me like it's none of MSNBC's business what Keith does in his personal life.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones and njemurray:

Fox News does not have a policy forbiding campaign contributions. What's so hard to understand about that?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@atkissonjim

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, of which Fox News is part, donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in August. It was pretty widely reported at the time.

Here's the Post's story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/17/AR2010081704338.html

Posted by: njemurray | November 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

John123 and sarahabc:

"NPR journalists may not run for office, endorse candidates or otherwise engage in politics. Since contributions to candidates are part of the public record, NPR journalists may not contribute to political campaigns, as doing so would call into question a journalist's impartiality in coverage.

"NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them.

"NPR journalists may not serve on government boards or commissions.

"NPR journalists may sit on community advisory boards, educational institution trustee boards, boards of religious organizations or boards of nonprofit organizations so long as NPR does not normally cover them and they are not engaged in significant lobbying or political activity. Such activities should be disclosed to the Managing Editor or designee, and NPR may revoke approval if it believes continued service will create the appearance of a conflict of interest or an actual conflict.

"When a spouse, family member or companion of an NPR journalist is involved in political activity, the journalist should be sensitive to the fact that this could create real or apparent conflicts of interest. In such instances the NPR journalist should advise his or her supervisor to determine whether s/he should recuse him or herself from a certain story or certain coverage."

(see link above)

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You have GOT to be kidding! Why suspend your top commentator over something as trivial as a campaign contribution. How can it be a conflict of interest, since Olbermann is obviously interested in the success of Democrats. First CNN fires Rick Sanchez for criticizing John Stewart, NPR fires Juan Williams for saying something crazy on Fox, now this. I thought that NBC-Universal, and it's affiliates were above all of that nonsense. Bring Olbermann back, or MSNBC will lose another viewer.

Posted by: jonbranch | November 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

What a crock!

Rupert Murdock (Fox News) donates to the GOP heavily.

I guess there must be one too many Republifreaks at MSNBC.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You have GOT to be kidding! Why suspend your top commentator over something as trivial as a campaign contribution. How can it be a conflict of interest, since Olbermann is obviously interested in the success of Democrats. First CNN fires Rick Sanchez for criticizing John Stewart, NPR fires Juan Williams for saying something crazy on Fox, now this. I thought that NBC-Universal, and it's affiliates were above all of that nonsense. Bring Olbermann back, or MSNBC will lose another viewer.

Posted by: jonbranch | November 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Suspended", "fired", "murdered" who cares? Just as long as he's off the air!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry MSNBC, won't be watching until Keith comes back on. Can't take the Nation guy.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | November 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

maggots,
If you read the posting I said a failed sports anchor. While he may be a "successful" host tripling msnbc's rating for the 8 pm timeslot lets not make him more relevant than he actually is.
msnbc's ratings for practically any timeslot are terrible.
His tripling of ratings is just prolonging the inevitable...like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Who says Fixed News is fair? Some goofy people who are not smart enough to know how to turn the remote. Fixed is the worst news program on TV. I am glad I can't find that stupid station. Keith tells the truth and that is what I like about him. He does a lot of research before he brings it out. Rachal is very smart and knows her stuff. Keep Keith on and I will continue to watch your station. He's the MAN.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | November 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's just get something clear here. Keith was SUSPENDED, NOT fired. There is a difference.

He is not gone permanently.

Can you haters stop frothing at the mouth for a moment to read that little detail ??

Posted by: hideaway22 | November 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Who says Fixed News is fair? Some goofy people who are not smart enough to know how to turn the remote. Fixed is the worst news program on TV. I am glad I can't find that stupid station. Keith tells the truth and that is what I like about him. He does a lot of research before he brings it out. Rachal is very smart and knows her stuff. Keep Keith on and I will continue to watch your station. He's the MAN.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | November 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't this idiot read his contract?

Oh, wait a minute...he's a democrat

(in my best Emily Latella voice) never mind...

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't this idiot read his contract?

Oh, wait a minute...he's a democrat

(in by best Emily Latella voice) never mind...

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Talk about Pitch Forks & Torches!! MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves!! They FINALLY get someone who is ready, willing and able to tell the truth about whats really going on in the world, and MSNBC can's them.....now THAT is JACKED-UP!! I will admit that I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Olberrmann's and to his credit I have NEVER heard him espouse any political affiliation one way or the other...and quite frankly whatever it is that he does on his own time and with his own money is no one's business but his own. I have always looked forward to his show in the evenings as it gives some REAL insight to whats REALLY going on in the wide world of jacked-up politics. I for one, will not be tuning in to MSNBC again until and unless Mr. Olberrmann is returned to his time slot and show!

Posted by: DigitalBilly | November 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"The news comes in the wake of Olbermann's harsh criticism of Fox News parent company News Corp., which donated to Republican-leaning groups".

Please define "Republican-leaning"? Is that the equivalent of Democratic candidates?

Posted by: atkissonjim | November 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The difference, of course, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck is that she doesn't work for ABC News (which also forbids political donations: "We do not permit editorial employees to make campaign contributions," said Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president.)

The difference, of course, with PBS is that they GOVERNEMENT funding!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Cannot believe this.....put him back on the air.....from my point of view his program was editorially based. I never once believed his opinions belonged to anyone but him. So he donated, without permission. Would you have given him permission? If you are going to suspend him.....when do the investigations all ALL networks begin? This is about as "fair and balanced" as .......

Posted by: annfried07 | November 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

His dozens of viewers will be crushed.

Posted by: sorry2say |

= = = = = = = = =
+1

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC is the most wretched excuse for a news organization, and Kieth Olbermann is the biggest lunatic on television. He is a mean nasty hack that believes only those with a capital D next to their name have anything legitimate to say about running this country. I tend to vote republican, but im not foolish enough to completely discount the views and ideas of moderate democrats.

Posted by: jediprep82 | November 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the rightards love to go after PBS. PBS is the hands down best source of new in the United States. Period. No one else comes close. They are also the fastest growing news organization in the country, and their audience demographic is almost perfectly evenly split among liberals, conservatives and moderates. The people who trash NPR and PBS are the ones who do not watch or listen. The reason that your "daddies" tell you that you don't like NPR and PBS is that they report facts, and as Stephen Colbert likes to point out - "everyone knows reality has a well known liberal bias."

Posted by: John1263 | November 5, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The difference, of course, is that there is no company policy forbiding Murdock from giving millions to the GOP ; )

BUH BYE, OLBERMANN!!!

No more Thurber Fridays -- LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This seems really silly to me. Large corporations spent millions and millions of dollars on right wing campaigns smearing Dems, with lies and hatred. Keith contributed his allowable amount and he gets suspended? How dumb is that? I thought this was a free country . Seems he was within his legal rights as a citizen.
I look forward to Keith Olbermann every night. He is so spot on and oh so fun to listen to.
Tell me again who was this guy that suspended him?
Let's see????? hum ....... could be interesting.

Posted by: donnajorobinson | November 5, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Keef...practice "you want fries with that?" and you'll be fine..

Posted by: Ratzoe | November 5, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann's show is as much news as is The View. And if Elizabeth Hackelback or whatever her name is, can spend her own money to show up at Tea Party events, then she, too, should be fired.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | November 5, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. Olberman's show is pure commentary; he never presented it as traditional news and he was always quite up front with his left leaning opinions. So, on MSNBC you can't contribute to a political campaign even if you host an obvious opinion show? Did not know that.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | November 5, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"The news comes in the wake of Olbermann's harsh criticism of Fox News parent company News Corp., which donated to Republican-leaning groups"

Please define "Republican-leaning". Is that equivalent to Democractic candidates?

Posted by: atkissonjim | November 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see Keith go down but glad that MSNBC has integrity, unlike certain other news networks.

Posted by: FrankIBC | November 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

By comparison - fox encourages their employees to contribute to the same politicians the corporation does.

MSNBC is certainly more liberal leaning, but it has integrity. fox is pure flat out shameless.

Did you catch the AC360 expose of the outrageous lies being spread by the fox stable, bachmann et al on the right about the President's state visit to key Asian allies costin 200mn a day and using 34 warships? Complete and total fabrication coming from that bastion of "truth" matt dreggs of the earth.

Posted by: John1263 | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Guess that's why they're called Faux News."

Ho ho ho, how witty, you know some French.

Dumb liberal.

Posted by: princeps2 | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why anyone is bring up Fox. Olberman works for MSNBC and their policy forbids donations without approval. Period. Other news organizations have different policies, but Olberman doesn't work for them. The guy did what he did, knowing the consequences, and now he has to pay for his actions. Fox didn't fire him, MSNBC did. Those that disagree with his firing obviously are saying personal responsibility doesn't matter. And I am not surprised to hear that from Dem supporters.

Posted by: mmourges | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? I mean really?

I wouldn't worry about Keith's fate though for this simple reason; "Olbermann started as host of "Countdown" in 2003 and, since then, has steered the show to the ideological left. It has tripled MSNBC's ratings at 8 p.m., and the cable network has followed Olbermann's lead, drifting further to the left in its commentary."

He's been good for them ratings wise so it would be near suicidal for them not to ask him to return over such a minor ordeal.

Fox News doesn't restrain itself in this way, so why should MSNBC hold themselves to a higher standard in this respect?

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Posted by: ajdfhdfgtsdgasd | November 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? I mean really?

I wouldn't worry about Keith's fate though for this simple reason; "Olbermann started as host of "Countdown" in 2003 and, since then, has steered the show to the ideological left. It has tripled MSNBC's ratings at 8 p.m., and the cable network has followed Olbermann's lead, drifting further to the left in its commentary."

He's been good for them ratings wise so it would be near suicidal for them not to ask him to return over such a minor ordeal.

Fox News doesn't restrain itself in this way, so why should MSNBC hold themselves to a higher standard in this respect?

Posted by: cjpotter19 | November 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Here we go with the ubiquitous false equivalency argument. FOX and MSNBS are no differnent? The FOX entity as a corporation gave millions to Republicans but Olbermann gives $6 or 7,000 and its the same? If NBC has strict policies about campaign donations, it should live up to them, as NPR did in the case of Juan Williams. But enough of this crap about there's no difference between Olbermann and FOX. One acted as a person. I wonder if Olbermann and Maddow are allowed to vote for Democrats? Oh, the vote is secret, like much of the money that paid for attack ads against Democrats.

Posted by: DWSouthern | November 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

His dozens of viewers will be crushed.

Posted by: sorry2say | November 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Not a fan of his, his style and his delivery, although I agree with his basic opinions. I prefer Rachel M., except when she tries to sound like Keith.

Posted by: sharedgum | November 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What is all this nonsense on here regarding Republicans and Fox News? Keith was suspended for violating the terms of his contract with MSNBC. So what if other comentators gave to political campaigns so long as it was not in violation of their contracts or in anyway illegal?

So much deflection so little anything else!

Posted by: bandofotters | November 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a great opportunity for soon-to-be former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) or am I wrong? Might help MSNBC's ratings!

Posted by: sandbear | November 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

So is Palin going to get all riled up about this being a free speech issue too like she did about NPR, or is she going to respect this one as a good general rule for journalists to remain unbiased?

Posted by: sarahabc | November 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

If the company rules say no contributions, then so be it. Propagandists like olbermann don't help much anyway -- and I am a liberal.

Posted by: John1263 | November 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Fox News encourages donations to Republicans, but MSNBC suspends people for political donations.
Guess that's why they're called Faux News.

Posted by: spro | November 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann is pure evil.

Posted by: fury60 | November 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, on behalf of all the little people, NBC, for being all "pure." Fox News donates millions of dollars worth of free airspace to the GOP so they can stomp heads against the curb.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Geez, when I read the headline without a clue as to the cause of the suspension, I immediately thought it must be sex or too blatant a criticism of Israel.

I think MSNBC's code is off base, in light of the last Supreme Court decision on corporate campaign financing.

If there is free speech for corporate campaign donors and their anonymys there should at least be the same for identifiable individuals.

Posted by: Spectator | November 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any of you Fox watchers saying anything against Old Murdock owner of Fox giving millions to the republicans. Should he fire himself?,I'm sure you don't think so.Fox news has caused more harm to America than any media network in history because one can see by some of these post that only the weakminded watch such trash as Glenn Beck and Shaun Hennity and they listen only to Rush Limbaugh the pill popper.You are pathetic

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | November 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

NewsCorp can donate to republicans with impunity. I smell a huge lawsuit win for Olbermann.

Posted by: blarsen1 | November 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Jesus, Keith, you MORON...you should've stuck to being a third rate sportscaster.

(ya' think ESPN will take him back?)

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I am as much a fan of Olbermann as I am of Beck. In either case I would not be surprised at them contributing. They have the right to contribute. Olbermann is not a news anchor who is suppose to be impartial.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

So people might think Keith is biased towards the Democrats because he contributed to their campaigns? Does Phil Griffin actually watch Olbermann's show? The whole premise of his show is that he's pro-left, pro-Democrats. He makes no secret of his leanings. WTF? This is silly. Hello! He has the highest ratings on the network. The entire weeknight line-up collapses without his show. Wouldn't a reprimand have been a wiser move? Let's see what the shareholders think when advertising revenue declines due to such a silly thing. If MSNBC loses Olbermann, CNN will scoop him up in a heartbeat and all his fans will follow. I predict that this is going to be the shortest indefinite suspension in history.

Posted by: skrut003 | November 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

This policy is ridiculous, really. Individuals, even those who work for news organizations, should be allowed to make political donations to whomever they like. Where they should at least TRY to be objective is ON THE JOB. Now, we all know that MSNBC leans to the left. And thank the gods/goddesses/flying spaghetti monster for that, because no one else is doing it. No one else is reporting the kinds of stories they are, or calling out politicians the way they are.

So, suspend Keith for breaking the rules (whatever "suspending" means?) since he surely must have known about them, but make sure you apply this standard to everyone else as well, and then maybe consider evaluating this policy as outdated. And also perhaps PUBLICIZE how you are the only station enforcing this while surely FOX and likely CNN have anchors and reporters who have made donations to candidates, PACs, etc., who happily remain on the air because their parent corporations don't enforce such a high standard.

Or, announce that you realize this is silliness, because again, every individual should have the right to do what they want with their own money regarding contributions to candidates and non-profits in general. NBC - If you're really concerned about your anchors' biases, you would rein in their hyperbole more (especially Keith's, though I love him, and geez - have you heard that Ed Schultz guy?) while they're on the air and worry less about what they do when they're OFF the air.

Posted by: hideaway22 | November 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Kind of a dumb move there, Keith. Let's assume you can apologize and come back after a while.

It's not like anyone who watches doesn't know your political views. :)

Posted by: dcc1968 | November 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann suspended! Can't imagine that. His rants have run off all but the most dedicated leftists just as has the female idiot that has her own show on the same network. Olby can't be trusted to report anything but the party line of the lefties and thats been apparent for years. No one watches him anyway. Its no big deal. MSNBC changing its stripes...not likely!

Posted by: rbrgburns | November 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think it is strange NBC canned him. According to another source, NBC's ethics policy provides "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."

There was simply no fear for Olbermann’s impartiality— cause he ain’t. SO, why the beef? O’s a D hack. Perhaps, MSNBC is just worried it will cost them access to the new sheriff in town—John Boehner ....

Posted by: lovinliberty | November 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS
Keith Olbermann suspended indefinitely from MSNBC

.......AMEN........there really is a God

Posted by: allenridge | November 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Pelosi and Olberman losing their jobs in the same week. If we could have only added Reid to that list, what a perfect world this would be. Wow, maybe we can get the WaPo to get rid of Robinson. Now that would really make a tingle run up my leg.

Posted by: mmourges | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The idiocy of the Right Wingers who make comments like those appearing here above is exceeded only by the spare time that they seem to have on their hands.

Posted by: rjoff | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How is this OK? Everybody knows KO is left leaning, but how can his job tell him who he can donate too and who he cannot? Why is it even their business? I watched his show nightly and HE NEVER TOLD PEOPLE which candidates they should support financially... This is a bunch of BS!!

Posted by: Angryman | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The idiocy of the Right Wingers who make comments like those appearing here above is exceeded only by the spare time that they seem to have on their hands.

Posted by: rjoff | November 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This is stupid. Anyone should be able to contribute at any time without any interference from anyone, including your employer, regardless.

Posted by: kurttj2002 | November 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Can a whole network suspend itself for contributing money to the Republican and tea party candidates? Too bad Keith couldn't contribute millions secretly to liberal causes, as many filthy rich Republicans do through the Chamber of Commerce and other such Wall Street shills.

Posted by: DWSouthern | November 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Although I enjoy watching Countdown and I generally agree with Olbermann's views, he should have, at the very least, followed the rules at NBC. At the very most, he should have recognized the difference between bona fide news organizations and Fox Fairy Tale News.

I hope the issue can be resolved quickly so he can return to his show. There are damn few television journalists keeping politicians of both parties honest.

Posted by: dastubbs | November 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Although I enjoy watching Countdown and I generally agree with Olbermann's views, he should have, at the very least, followed the rules at NBC. At the very most, he should have recognized the difference between bona fide news organizations and Fox Fairy Tale News.

I hope the issue can be resolved quickly so he can return to his show. There are damn few television journalists keeping politicians of both parties honest.

Posted by: dastubbs | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Others have already made this point better than I.
"More false equivalency time at WaPo. Olbermann contributes $7,600, and you criticize him for complaining about the $2,000,000 Rupert Murdock and News Corp gave to the Republicans. Is it that you don't understand the difference between the numbers, or is it more that you need to make sure your axe doesn't get rusty from disuse?

Whatever this is, it isn't journalism -- at least, not intelligent journalism.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge"

For those who don't get the subtext. Phil Griffith is an idiot who hates the idea that his network might ever be a left counterbalance to blatantly rightward Foxnews. He's entirely responsibile for morning Joe and Pat Buchanan's indefinite employment.

Posted by: jbanks979 | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC just made a hugh mistake. So what if Olbermann donated. Fox News donated to GOP canidates openly and throughly supported them. Christine O'Donnell said she got 40k from Hannity and Fox after an appearance. Murdock himself donated millions. Now we will have to listen to that bigmouth, womanizer O'Reilly playing all sorts of games with this. MSNBC you people who run this station are complete idiots.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Olbermann most of the time. MSNBC was correct to suspend him. His donations make his treatment of guests no better than Fox.

You were wrong, Keith. Your actions undermined the credibility of the network. Just because Fox does it does not make it OK for you. They are not news, they are hacks. By your acitons you descend one step closer to them.

As a fan and viewer ofyour program, I advise you to admit your mistake and, as Caribou Barbie would instruct, Man Up.

Posted by: maupin1 | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for Presidents like the MSNBC New Corp., who have ethics, take their ethics rules seriously, and will punish those who contribute to political campaigns.

I always knew that there was something special about the MSNBC News Corp that I liked.

As far as Keith Olbermann is concerned.

Well, see Ya later Keith; hopefully, sometime in the near future.

You'll be alright and besides I would have done the same thing, if I had your show and made the kind of money that you make.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse


Keith is the the only person I watch on MSNBC. Now they have lost me completely.


Posted by: mortified469 | November 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it but

This clown getting the boot just made my day !

Sanity is starting to return to the country in many ways !

And we don't even have to wait until January!

Hugh C Young
Metuchen, NJ

Posted by: Acornisascam | November 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, who cares? This is a failed sports anchor who found someone willing to give him a format to spew his moronic leftwing foolishness on.
Olbermann hasn't been relevant since he was working with Dan Patrick @ ESPN.
Not surprising but certainly not newsworthy.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

#########################################

How do call tripling a show's ratings a failure?

Posted by: maggots | November 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

WTF ?

Posted by: ellislawoffice | November 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Olby TRIPLED the ratings!? Three times zero is still zero.

Posted by: warddm | November 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good news! His ratings are now guaranteed to double when he returns or goes to another network!
BTW, how for how long is "fair and balanced" Faux Noise going to suspend broadcasting its network for contributing millions to tea party/repiglican candidates?

Posted by: jos587 | November 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, who cares?

We all know he's a dishonest hypocritical corrupt hack who'd drop to his knees for any Democrat. It's not news that he donates to Democrats. His crappy show is a donation to Democrats.

They'll reinstate him shortly, but nothing will change. As much as the left complains about Fox News, the rest of the media is monolithic in their leg-tingling support of the Democrats. Nothing will change.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | November 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I must say that anyone who looks to MSNBC noise for news is an IDIOT. Even if I am related to such fools. They don't do news at MSNBC nose they do propaganda. MSNBC noise would have done well in nazi Germany. The liberalleftwingnazilunatics are insane or at least dishonest.

Might still ring true?

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Which commentators (esp. Fox news commentators) donated to GOP or Tea Party candidates? I'd like to hear about that.

Posted by: apn3206 | November 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, who cares? This is a failed sports anchor who found someone willing to give him a format to spew his moronic leftwing foolishness on.
Olbermann hasn't been relevant since he was working with Dan Patrick @ ESPN.
Not surprising but certainly not newsworthy.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I paid thousands to my congressman to keep our post office off the closing list.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 5, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

..."Thanks for telling the "TRUTH" Olbermann, "That's why this registered Voter/VET USAF/Writer, Watches/Votes, and Watches/Your Show on MSNBC, that the Republicans hate, it shows here in their silly/comments, when you/others "Tell the Truth it kills the Republicans, and it makes/Majority/me happy to see you do it to them.

In conclusion I am "ASTONISHED/COUNTRY/FOOLISH/INDEPENDENTS/PUT/REPUBLICANS/BACK/IN!

..."John Wayne was right my fellow Democrats, and what few Independents joined U.S. this mid-term election fits the ocassion for which I am about to quote him...he once said...

..."Life is hard..."And it's alot harder for stupid people." --John Wayne

That quote reminds me, of all the "Stupid/people who "Voted Republican will get what they deserve in the "Worse/Republican/Recession/Blew it Bush remember him..."You forgot he/party/NO/Republicans "LOST A RECORD 8.5 MILLION JOBS JUST TWO YEARS AGO..."YOU FORGET THEY LEFT YOu/A/Record/Debt/Bill/Deficit $1.5 TRILLION "Squandered/just/two/years/ago!

..."Did you "NOT READ that the Pew Poll Reported "Party/NO/Republicans then left YOU/Town/Office, "WITH THE LOWEST JOB APPROVAL RATING IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. PRESIDENCY 20 PERCENT!

..."Now you voted the same people/same/party/back in, and you will now "GET NO HELP" from the "Karl Rove/Party/NO", "NO HELP" from your Federal Government that was your only help in the "WORSE/REPUBLCAN/FACT/RECESSION" since the "GREAT DEPRESSION" and you PUT THEM BACK, SO YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET/GRIDLOCK" and "NO HELP for the "NEXT/TWO/YEARS...."APPRECIATE IT....

You've suceeded America in not only "Stopping the only help you can get in the worse/Republicans/recession since the "Great Depression, as "PARTY/NO/TELLS/YOU/NO, and does all it can to repeal a "BILL/Democrats/PASSED/TO/HELP/32/MILLION/UNINSURED/American's/WHO/NEED/IT!

Well let the Republicans just try to come and undue, this registered VOter/Vet USAF, see's they can't do nothing without the "PRESIDENCY/SENATE" but "CREATE/GRIDLOCK/FOR/America, and they will, and that will teach America not to Vote Republican again, of course then again maybe not, these facts didn't....

..."WOw have you really messed up America, now you get "NO/HELP" and that's just what you deserve for "VOTEING FOR THE PARTY/NO!

..."Karl Rove/Oil/Companies/Drug/Companies,/Insurance Companies/Republicans...."SURE DO APPRECIATE IT....LOL....

Posted by: ztcb41 | November 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I must say that anyone who looks to faux noise for news is an IDIOT. Even if I am related to such fools. They don't do news at faux nose they do propaganda. faux noise would have done well in nazi Germany. The teabagheadnazilunatics are insane or at least dishonest.

Posted by: letemhaveit | November 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

An aging sports announcer hack, time for him to go.
The pay-to-play deal described here was called payola when he was in the radio era.
LOL, even his dirty tricks are dated.
Fail.
Next.

Posted by: FloridaChick | November 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Suspended him! Keith as much as I disagree with you, and boy do I, you might be better off. Offers will come.

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Keefe Ubermouth was like a bank robber that kept getting away with increasingly brazen behavior until he was finally incinerated in an explosion fueled by his own hubris.

His unabashed fetish for lesbians made him a favorite on bathhouse TV.

Or sumptin' like that...

Airyheada HuffnPuff wants to jump his bones, so he'll have a job there shortly.

Posted by: ruralamericans | November 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

A second-rate sports announcer who has been in over his head all the while. He will do fine back in St. Louis or somewhere as a sports "anchor" or maybe talk radio.
Whatevs.
Try C-Span. Or read a book.
Save your money and stop your cable service.

Posted by: FloridaChick | November 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Where do you people come up with FOX NEWS being fair. That is the worst news station there is. I wouldn't waste my electric on that stupid station or the stupid people they have on there. Go Keith, I still watch you.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | November 5, 2010 1:51 PM

Kathlene, you diminish your point with the hateful rhetoric. My guess is with the very large viewing audience Fox has, you may be calling some of your friends, co-workers, associates, maybe even relatives stupid.

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

He is not going to be fired, he gave to a Democrat. That would be like Fox firing Hannity for contributing to a Republican. Not news, not a big deal.

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Where do you people come up with FOX NEWS being fair. That is the worst news station there is. I wouldn't waste my electric on that stupid station or the stupid people they have on there. Go Keith, I still watch you.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | November 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Keith Oberman is a horrible commentator. Watching him Tuesday night make sophmoric jokes about Palin and anyone she supported was pathetic. This was election night! Can't commentators refrain from the viciousness for one night and just give reasonable analysis? Not this guy.

If he wants to donate his money to candidates who cares. It isn't a secret who he supports, and it is certainly not a shocking news revelation.

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

WaPo need to crack a good story like how the Chamber of Commerce receive funds to rethuglican campaigns.

I faithfully watch Keith Olberman. I can't stomach faux news to watch a so call man draw on a chalk board. Glenn Beck teach racism

Posted by: clifton3 | November 5, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

WaPo need to crack a good story like how the Chamber of Commerce receive funds to rethuglican campaigns.

I faithfully watch Keith Olberman. I can't stomach faux news to watch a so call man draw on a chalk board. Glenn Beck teaches racism

Posted by: clifton3 | November 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious? You think that no one at Fox News donates to those right-wing Republicans? Give me a break. I bet there are so many back room pocket-stuffers and check-writers funding the campaigns of those racist idiots that the amount that Olberman donated pales in comparison to the amount of cash that has been passed at Fox News. Yes, Keith does have an opinion about everything and so does everyone else. But, he does have the voice and the means of getting a voice out for many people that share his views. I say stay on your soapbox Keith (and Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews and Lewis O'Donnell) and tell the people the terrific "insight" the Republicans have regarding "taking America back". But maybe I missed something...did Obama still it in the middle of the night?

Posted by: annbay813 | November 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Keith Oberman is a horrible commentator. Watching him Tuesday night make sophmoric jokes about Palin and anyone she supported was pathetic. This was election night! Can't commentators refrain from the viciousness for one night and just give reasonable analysis? Not this guy.

If he wants to donate his money to candidates who cares. It isn't a secret who he supports, and it is certainly not a shocking news revelation.

Posted by: chipgiii | November 5, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't pay any attention to the political ads. I read the positions of the candidates and make my decisons on what I can discover from the media and candidate interviews. I would have preferred that half of the 4 billion spent be used to help people who have lost their jobs pay for their mortgages, buy food and pay for their children's education. Either that, or just burn the money. The political ads are a waste of time and money in my opinion.

Posted by: saelij | November 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less whom Olbermann gives his personal money to, but, he is such a jerk, I hope NBC kicks his butt off the air along with his sidekick Matthews. I use to watch MSNBC and Hardball, but stopped a couple years ago when things got so bad and out of focus that Matthews would be attacking even Democrats that didn't support Obama. At least Fox tries to look "fair and balanced".

Posted by: lorddunsmore | November 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Olbermann had never exhibited any objectivity and is to the "news media" what Alan Grayson is to rational political discourse. Both are more in love with the sound of their own voice than even Obama.

Clearly, the idea of contributing to a candidate or candidates and then having them on their show to provide a perfect platform with favorable/pandering questions shows extremely poor judgement if not out and out conflict of interest. That is "conflict of interest" if the "interest" is in news.

The complaints about so-called "Faux" News lacking objectivity are never more laugahbly ludicrous than when uttered by the crew at MSLSD..er, MSNBC.

We can only hope that when Comcast takes over NBC they will clean house starting with Olbermann, because there is little hope the current regime at MSNBC will do anything about it. Certainly, I would doubt they will mention it on any of their broadcasts.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | November 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Oberman is an idiot. O'Reilly at 8pm has 5 times the audience. Numbers don't lie. Oberman couldn't make it in sports media and he sucks in the political media arena.

Posted by: jjlj | November 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If Keith violated the rules he should be punished, it will be interesting to see how many at Fake News gave to the GOP.
Yes MSNBC is a liberal station much the same as Fox as is a neo-con, nutjob, right leaning network, its too bad the right can't see its own half-baked bias.

Posted by: tplum2 | November 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me they still pay that Bozo at MSNBC?

Why?

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me they still pay that Bozo at MSNBC?

Why?

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me they still pay that Bozo at MSNBC?

Why?

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me they still pay that Bozo at MSNBC?

Why?

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me they still pay that Bozo at MSNBC?

Why?

Posted by: sosueme1 | November 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if Keith Olbermann donated to the Dems or not, or whether Fox donated to the Repubs..... They all do it.

I just think it's hypocritical for ANYONE, liberal or conservative to state they have own a "fair and balanced" news cast when each party (Olbermann or Fox) is soooooo skewed to their own direction.....

Just be honest and admit your news and views represent the liberal left or the conservative right.... I would much more respect that than this stupid dance of reporting it down the middle..... No news organization is down the middle. Most tend to drift to the far left. Luckily we have Fox that lean so far to the right that it somehow balances the scale. Can you imagine if the Keith Olbermanns of the world had no "check and balance"?? America would be France! Socialism be gone!

Posted by: sd-bones | November 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't care if Keith Olbermann donated to the Dems or not, or whether Fox donated to the Repubs..... They all do it.

I just think it's hypocritical for ANYONE, liberal or conservative to state they have own a "fair and balanced" news cast when each party (Olbermann or Fox) is soooooo skewed to their own direction.....

Just be honest and admit your news and views represent the liberal left or the conservative right.... I would much more respect that than this stupid dance of reporting it down the middle..... No news organization is down the middle. Most tend to drift to the far left. Luckily we have Fox that lean so far to the right that it somehow balances the scale. Can you imagine if the Keith Olbermanns of the world had no "check and balance"??

Posted by: sd-bones | November 5, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann could be replaced by Max Headroom and no one would notice.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | November 5, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Keith! It's true, Arizona politics is downright scary for minorities. This Arizonan is grateful someone is noticing and cares. At least we know who donated to the Democrats, who knows what foreign corporation contributed to the shadowy pacs that swooped into our state to drown us in false negative ads - especially Ann Kirkpatrick who cared more about the White Mountains and High Country of AZ than anyone who ever represented that area. Her loss is tragic. Thanks again, Mr. Olbermann!

Posted by: StellaDZ | November 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly: two sides of the same coin.

Posted by: logan303 | November 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Who watches Mean Spirited Negative Biased Correspondence anyway? And Creep Ubermoron to boot? What really astound me? MSNBC has an ethics policy. Incidentally, someone from the Philadelphia Enquirer did a comparison bewteen MSNBC and Fox; apparently Fox truly is "fair and balanced" in that a good portion of their guests are liberal (women and minorities are also consistently included) or neutral. On the other hand, the left one, everysingle guest on Creep's show was a liberal; not the moderate kind either, the spittle-flecked, froth-mouthed, eye-bulging bomb throwing types.

Posted by: CubsFan | November 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

fairfaxgopper I'm with you. I'm quite upset that Fimian didn't get elected because I want people who believe that any woman who is dragged into an alley and raped and becomes impregnated should be forced to have the child and support it. I don't think Jesus would have let the woman be raped if she weren't an evil sinner, and the child would be a constant reminder. Studies show that rape "victims" benefit if they are reminded constantly of being violated, and hopefully impregnated. Optimum would be if the perpetrator would record the rape so the woman could watch it over and over. I also vote for republicans because I'm middle class, and I want people who will do everything for huge corporations and rich people at my expense. If an elected representative apologizes to BP for a "shakedown" and then votes to deny an extension of unemployment benefits for working stiffs, than that's my man. I don't have a brain, so I vote republican. I read with glee this morning how their first order of business is going to be to reduce salaries for fed govt workers, many of them living paycheck to paycheck. I love an agenda where they make it harder for the common man to make ends meet, and then eliminate programs that help the common man in that predicament so they can give the money to Exxon Mobil or to rich people. I vote republican because i'm a retardedmoron.

Posted by: red2million | November 5, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the donations of individual news anchors is irrelevant and comparing Olberman's $7,200 in donations to Democrats Fox News' multimillion donations to Republicans is nonsense. Did Sarah Palin, of Fox News, donate to Republicans?

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | November 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What a shocker, mean while one of ABC News' most recognizable faces worked for Bill clinton

Who watches MSNBC anyway, except for a bunch of clueless liberals, like the ones who helped get Gerry Connolly in office

Will MSNBC dump OlBerman, they should but I would not hold my breath,

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | November 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann can obviously ridicule conservatives about their donations but does not have to have ethical imperatives when it comes to his liberal socialist support. Typical of a Bolshevik!
FIRE THE MAN! I doubt whether this third world new organization will do the right thing and continue to allow Olbermann spin the Obama propaganda as the WH spin machine whether truth is there or not.

Posted by: lhudson828 | November 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

When this guy was teamed with Dan Patrick, they were the best duo on Sportscenter, and a joy to watch. Now, he seems to have descended into a world of bitter, dripping sarcasm.

Posted by: ANCLvr | November 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Keith is obviously a liberal and no one should be surprised he gave money to three Democrats, but if he violated MSNBC policies he should be punished.

However, giving $7,200 to Democrats pales in comparison to what Fox News and their Republican cheerleaders do the the GOP every day. Sarah Palin who is running for President in 2012 is on Fox's payroll and Glenn Beck leads the tea party.

Posted by: Trakker | November 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Keith Olbermann is a great American.

He was the first major news fiqure to point out the lies of the Cheney/Bush Administration.

This country owes him a debt.

Posted by: petebowling1 | November 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

rose12 shhhhhhh... don't tell anyone but you are truly insane.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

This is news? >80% of MSM personalities give to campaign donations to Dems.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

WaPo this story was not worthy of my very valuable time.

I thought it was going to be a lot of money to many candidates.

To compare with Fox is ludicrous - this is Fox fair and balanced reporting.

Posted by: rlj1 | November 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He needs to bring back "Worst Person In The World"..one more time.... :)

Posted by: ohwell1 | November 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

LOL.........Of Course he donated to losers.

Trying to compare donations by the host of a TV show - who actively interviews politicions with a contribution by a public company (albeit the parent company of a broadcast network) is insane.

Thankfully, Olbermann's impact on the voting public is of no consequence .. in fact, he is a joke and not taken seriously.

If one wants to compare News Corps contribution to the political efforts (far in excess of any monetary conributions) of GE Corporation, that would be logical.


Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

LOL.........Of Course he donated to losers.

Trying to compare donations by the host of a TV show - who actively interviews politicions with a contribution by a public company (albeit the parent company of a broadcast network) is insane.

Thankfully, Olbermann's impact on the voting public is of no consequence .. in fact, he is a joke and not taken seriously.

If one wants to compare News Corps contribution to the political efforts (far in excess of any monetary conributions) of GE Corporation, that would be logical.


Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

LOL.........Of Course he donated to losers.

Trying to compare donations by the host of a TV show - who actively interviews politicions with a contribution by a public company (albeit the parent company of a broadcast network) is insane.

Thankfully, Olbermann's impact on the voting public is of no consequence .. in fact, he is a joke and not taken seriously.

If one wants to compare News Corps contribution to the political efforts (far in excess of any monetary conributions) of GE Corporation, that would be logical.


Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

LOL.........Of Course he donated to losers.

Trying to compare donations by the host of a TV show - who actively interviews politicions with a contribution by a public company (albeit the parent company of a broadcast network) is insane.

Thankfully, Olbermann's impact on the voting public is of no consequence .. in fact, he is a joke and not taken seriously.

If one wants to compare News Corps contribution to the political efforts (far in excess of any monetary conributions) of GE Corporation, that would be logical.


Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I love Keith, I'm sure that all cable and none cable anchors, news people etc. donate to either party, so what's the big deal. MSNBC from morning to evening presents a pretty good diverse view of what's going on out there. From my view point MSNBC does not switch facts for fixtion like the FOX people do. Huge difference! I'm so happy that we have people like Keith, Rachel and Lawrence who keep us on our toes.

Posted by: rose12 | November 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

More false equivalency time at WaPo. Olbermann contributes $7,600, and you criticize him for complaining about the $2,000,000 Rupert Murdock and News Corp gave to the Republicans. Is it that you don't understand the difference between the numbers, or is it more that you need to make sure your axe doesn't get rusty from disuse?

Whatever this is, it isn't journalism -- at least, not intelligent journalism.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | November 5, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Olberman donates $7,200 to 3 Democratic candidates. Meanwhile, Fox NewsCorp gives $2.5 million to the GOP. To borrow a phrase that Jon Stewart borrowed: "MMMMM, can't you just smell the fair and balanced?"

Posted by: rcupps | November 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Conservative who thinks this guy's name is really Keith Ubermoron, but this story is simply underwhelming. It's his money and he should be able to donate to whom he likes within the limits of the law. I would have been surprised if his donations had not gone to those he was ideologically inclined towards. If he violated some NBC policy, that is between him and the company, although it would make NBC look bad if they appear to be selectively enforcing their rules.

As for the conflict with Ubermoron's and PMSNBC's criticisms of Fox News' partisan contributions, well ... what do you expect? Calling them liberal hypocrites would be redundant!

Posted by: braunt | November 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

More false equivalency time at WaPo. Olbermann contributes $7,600, and you criticize him for complaining about the $2,000,000 Rupert Murdock and News Corp gave to the Republicans. Is it that you don't understand the difference between the numbers, or is it more that you need to make sure your axe doesn't get rusty from disuse?

Whatever this is, it isn't journalism -- at least, not intelligent journalism.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | November 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

MSNBC was once a reputable firm led by good men and women. Now its going the way of PBS and Air America. How long do you think it will last? Will MSNBC fold before or after PBS?

It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
- Will Rogers

Posted by: amos3_3 | November 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap about Olbermann? A has-been, third-string ex-reporter for ESPN.

And MSNBC? Does anyone really watch any of their shows nowadays?

Posted by: mbaorbust | November 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

To MSNBC: If you dare fire Olbermann, you can kiss your 8:00PM ratings goodbye! Go Keith! Us libertards luv ya!

Posted by: shellfizzle | November 5, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well, we all knew this creep was biased. And we all knew he was a huge hypocrite. Now he's proved it.

The interesting thing will be what MSDNC and NBC do about it. He broke the rules - will he be fired? or punished in some way? Or will they be outed for the hypocrites they are as well?

Posted by: bandmom22 | November 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

So what if he donated? Talk about who donated to the GOP.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | November 5, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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