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07 November 2010 @ 12:39 pm
Keith Olbermann suspended by MSNBC for making campaign donations to Democrats  
As you fellow MSNBC lovers should know by now, Keith Olbermann, the enigmatic host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," has been suspended indefinitely without pay for giving $2,400 to each of 3 Democratic candidates for the just-concluded midterm elections. Apparently, there is an explicitly written rule for NBC News and MSNBC employees that they are not allowed to make campaign contributions to any political party or candidate. More details on Politico and CNN.

Keith has not come out with a statement about his suspension as far as I know (judging from his Twitter account), except for not denying that he made those reported contributions. Thomas Roberts replaced him (not permanently, I hope) on Friday. Rachel did make a statement the same night, and made a very strong point. Not against their employer, of course (though she echoed the viewers' sentiments that Keith should come back soon), but against Fox News Channel for not having the ban on political contributions.

My take on the issue? As far as I *heart* Keith and that he is one of the reasons why I stick to MSNBC, rules are rules. He could have told his bosses about the contributions in advance, and so would have effectively avoided the controversy that he is in now. How about you? What do you think about all of this?

Oh, and "Keith Olbermann" briefly became a top trending topic on Twitter because of this. Let's bring him back there (and on his show), y/y?