UK Today News: Keith Olbermann suspended – MSNBC host’s political donations violated NBC News policies
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay, for reportedly making political contributions — which went against the policies of NBC News.
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Phil Griffin, the President of MSNBC, made an official statement to Politico on Friday saying: “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.”
Politico reports, “The episode highlights the blurring line between private actions and journalistic responsibilities as news networks such as MSNBC and Fox try to attract viewers with partisan hosts. Some news organizations allow political donations while others ban them. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the owner of Fox News, makes contributions to political groups.”
Reports state that Olbermann made a contribution of $2,400 to three Democrats, and this even included one made on the exact day that he was on the Olbermann’s “Countdown” program.