MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann suspended for political contributions to three Dems

November 6th, 2010 - 1:11 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Friday announced that MSNBC’s anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely without pay, after word he contributed to campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

“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,” said Griffin in a statement.

Politico reported on Friday that Olbermann made contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, incurring in “a potential violation of NBC ethics policies.”

Olbermann confirmed and defended the donations, saying that “one week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky.”

“I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level,” he told Politico.

NBC’s policy states that “anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

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