I’m seeing this at many LGBT blogs, with Raw Story and Politico cited.
“Mediaite quotes MSNBC President Phil Griffin as saying, ‘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.’”
TM Note: I frontpaged Joyce’s “In the News” diary, because this is important. What, did MSNBC not know Keith was a Lefty? This is where some on the Left run into problems with their campaign philosophy. Is free speech money? The Right says yes, the Left says no, with me coming down on the side of full disclosure and transparency. If speech is money then Keith has every right to do what he did. There’s allegedly a contract issue, which I cannot address for obvious reasons. Frankly, he should have disclosed his donations, but seriously, it’s not like anyone watching his show didn’t know he’s coming from the Left. I know many Hillary supporters still hold a grudge and don’t remember how important Olbermann was during the Bush tyranny. I’ve added the video as a reminder. …and I can’t believe I’m going to write this, but I agree with Bill Kristol.
First, he donated money to candidates he liked. He didn’t take money, or favors, in a way that influenced his reporting. Second, he’s not a reporter. It’s an opinion show. If Olbermann wants to put his money where his mouth is, more power to him. – Bill Kristol