MSNBC Lifts Olbermann Suspension

The two episode suspension of Keith Olbermann lends credence to the theory that the whole thing was a publicity stunt designed to support MSNBC's assertion that its opinion shows are somehow more pure than the shows on FOX.

Well, that was a short-lived punishment:

Keith Olbermann will be allowed to resume his nightly program on MSNBC on Tuesday, the channel’s president said Sunday night, after he was suspended for donating money to three Democratic candidates.

The policy at MSNBC’s parent, NBC News, says journalists cannot make political contributions without permission from the head of the news division. “After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” the MSNBC president, Phil Griffin, said in a statement. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

Mr. Olbermann has declined interview requests since Friday, and he did not immediately confirm that he would resume his program, “Countdown,” as of Tuesday. But on Sunday afternoon, he posted to Twitter a thank-you to fans for “support that feels like a global hug.”

“MSNBC Folds!” read a headline on Daily Kos, one of the leading Web sites for progressives, on Sunday night after Mr. Griffin’s statement was released.

Mr. Olbermann’s program, “Countdown,” is a megaphone for Democrats and the most popular program on MSNBC.

The donations would have drawn attention at any time, but they were especially notable given that he had anchored MSNBC’s election night newscasts.

The length of the “suspension” lends credence to the theory that the whole thing was a publicity stunt designed to support MSNBC’s assertion that its opinion shows are somehow more pure than the shows on FOX.

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Comments

  1. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***Mr. Olbermann’s program, “Countdown,” is a megaphone for Democrats and the most popular program on MSNBC.***Mr…..lol

    I prefer Lockup, the Megaphone for liberal social engineering….

  2. Mithras says:

    A stunt? Really? Another forceful reminder that liberals and conservatives don’t agree on the color of the sky.

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