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November 05, 2010

Breaking: Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely From MSNBC

Schadenfreude overdose!

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.

He donated to 3 Democratic candidates, all of whom he had on his show.

Giffords had appeared on Olbermann’s program in May, as did Conway. During his more recent broadcasts, Olbermann also made frequent references to the “Aqua Buddha” controversy involving Conway’s Republican Senate rival, Rand Paul, who handily won election Tuesday.

Grijalva had seemed to be in a safe race until the month before the election, when he became targeted by outside groups. In mid-October, national Democratic interests began putting money into his district to compete with fundraising for McClung from outside conservative groups.

On Oct. 28, Grijalva went on Olbermann’s show and fielded questions about a story linking profit motives of private prisons to Arizona's new immigration crackdown. It was the sixth time Grijalva had appeared on "Countdown" in a little more than the past six months.

Grijalva not only opposed the immigration law — known as S.B. 1070 — but inadvertently put himself in electoral jeopardy by calling for an economic boycott of his own home state in response, a move that didn't go over so well with cash-strapped Arizonans.

I obviously delight in this smarmy jackass getting any comeuppance available but this is what drove MSNBC to act? I mean, it's not like anyone was buying that Olby is a neutral observer and journalist. His night show is nothing but a campaign contribution to Democrats.

So yeah, I love it (a lot) but let's be honest, it says more about the pretense MSNBC is trying to get away with than it does Olby.

Oh btw- Pelosi is running for minority leader too.

What a great day!



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