November 6, 2010 by Post Team
“I noticed Keith political contributions last night. Aware of NBC’s policies and standards, I have suspended indefinitely without pay,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.
Politico reported Friday that Olbermann had donated and 2,400 each for Congress Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway. While the politics of NBC News does not prohibit employees from donating to political candidates, requiring them to obtain prior approval of NBC News executives first.
In an earlier statement Friday, Olbermann defended his donation, saying: “I encourage public or private not anyone to donate to campaigns or the other in this election or any of the above, or have previously donated to any political campaign on any level. ”
Griffin’s statement notes that Olbermann was the failure to obtain approval, and no real political donations, which led to the suspension.
The decision is doubly significant because it represents an important advance in the relationship between Griffin and Olbermann, who once told The New Yorker magazine, “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”
“Keith does not run the program,” Griffin told New York Magazine recently. “I do a lot of things that do not like. I do a lot of things he does.”
In recent months, Griffin has taken several bold steps to declare its authority over the network and sometimes rebellious talent, sent a stern warning note for the armed forces to fight publicly among themselves, David Shuster suspended indefinitely for shooting a pilot CNN, Donny Deutsch suspended, banned Markos Moulitsas of the network, and Ed Schultz rebuked for threatening to “torch” of the network.
The New York Times’ Brian Stelter and Bill Carter report, which, according to an NBC executive, the suspension on Friday “is not a step towards firing” Olbermann, but also a source told the New York Observer that “there time “for potential performance Olbermann. The Nation, Chris Hayes will host “Countdown” Friday night, said the chain (as a tweet from Michael Calderone of Yahoo). (UPDATE: Twitter Stelter Hayes afternoon presenter on Friday, after all MSNBC has announced that it replaced ..)
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