Keith Olbermann campaign contributions

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'Morning Joe' Suspended Over Political Contributions

Scarborough gets two-day penalty after eight $500 donations

(Newser) - Move over, Keith. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has been suspended for two days for making eight $500 contributions to political campaigns, Politico reports. Joe Scarborough reportedly gave the money to friends and family running in local races near his home in Pensacola. "I recognize that I have a responsibility... More »

'Narcissist' Olbermann vs. MSNBC: Inside Their War

He has almost no allies left, and some predict he'll walk

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann's battle with MSNBC is far from over, despite the fact that the network returned him to the air just days after suspending him for making undisclosed political donations . In the Daily Beast , Howard Kurtz takes us inside the tense relations between Olbermann and MSNBC, which have spilled over... More »

Olbermann Hits Back at Sajak—Again

His talk show was replaced by 'Silk Stalkings'

(Newser) - Pat Sajak certainly ruffled Keith Olbermann's feathers yesterday, when the talk show host apologized on his blog for being the one who introduced Olbermann to America. Olbermann took to Twitter to swing back ... then swung again and again . But he saved the best dig for last: "I think if... More »

Olbermann: I Should Have Done This Years Ago!

Countdown host returns from MSNBC suspension

(Newser) - It might have gotten him onto the "front page of the New York Times without being dead or in jail or Charlie Sheen or something" but his suspension was no stunt, Keith Olbermann said on his return to MSNBC last night. "Of course," the Countdown host added,... More »

Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, Slams MSNBC

Host bashes network's 'inconsistently applied' policy

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann has apologized to his viewers for the "unnecessary drama" created by his suspension from MSNBC . In an open letter, the Countdown host said his fans and their "ground-rattling support" are responsible for his scheduled return to the air tonight, the New York Times reports. No olive... More »

Keith's 'No Journalist'— Let Him Donate

Trouble is 'thin line' between journalism, commentary: Meghan McCain

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann shouldn’t have been taken to task for donating to Democrats because he’s not a journalist—he’s a commentator, argues Meghan McCain in the Daily Beast . But the kerfuffle spotlights a key issue as the lines between entertainment, journalism, and commentary blur: News outlets need to... More »

Olbermann to Return Tuesday Night

MSNBC host suspended for total of two shows

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is back! The controversial MSNBC anchor of Countdown will return to the show on Tuesday. His boss, Phil Griffin, announced the following today: "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... More »

Olbermann Refused to Give On-Air Mea Culpa

Another reason MSNBC suspended him

(Newser) - Another reason behind Keith Olbermann's suspension: The Countdown anchor refused to apologize for his actions on-air, insisting that he didn't know any prohibitions on campaign donations existed, Mike Allen over at Politico posits. Olbermann is presently paid $7 million annually and holds a primetime MSNBC spot, but he may have... More »

Olbermann on Anger, Obama, Partisanship

A pre-suspension talk with the MSNBC host

(Newser) - Just before he was suspended without pay for making political donations , MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann talked to the New York Times, mostly about, um, anger. Here are some of the best bits from his interview with Deborah Soloman:
  • On Anger: Olbermann says he once counseled Joe Biden on how to
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Olbermann's Far From the Only Offender

Fox doesn't have rules against campaign donations; MSNBC requires permission

(Newser) - OK, so Keith Olbermann donated to three liberal candidates, and he shouldn't have: But the episode underscores exactly how common an occurrence political donations are in the realm of cable news. Politico takes its investigation a step further and finds that Olbermann is far from the only offender: Fox analysts... More »

MSNBC Suspends Olbermann Over Donations

Host violated network rules with donations to Democrats

(Newser) - Is Keith Olbermann out of a job? The fiery host has been suspended indefinitely without pay, in the wake of the revelation that he donated money to three Democratic campaigns this year. (Background here .) "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," said MSNBC President... More »

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