Olbermann Back From MSNBC Exile on Tuesday

November 8, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)—- Keith Olbermann is returning to his “Countdown” perch at MSNBC, as quickly as he was exiled from the network’s prime-time lineup. After being suspended indefinitely for supposedly not asking for permission to make political donations, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced that the highest rated host had served an appropriate “punishment” for his transgressions and would be returning to his show on Tuesday. The progressive blog the Daily Kos, which has been running an aggressive online campaign to pressure MSNBC to bring Olbermann back blared the headline, “MSNBC Folds!” after receiving news of Olbermann’s return Sunday night.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin released a statement, announcing Olbermann would be allowed to leave the time-out room on Tuesday.

“After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” the MSNBC president, Phil Griffin, said in a statement. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

Did MSNBC cave? It sure seems like it. Soon after Olbermann was bounced for making three donations to Democratic candidates totaling $7,200 shorty before the mid-term elections, it was discovered Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough had also made political donations. And he had also campaigned for Republicans. The only difference being, Scarborough had obtained permission beforehand.

And Olbermann’s minor publicly disclosed contributions, also drew a sharp contrast to the unethical non-stop Republican electioneering of Fox News.

Rachel Madddow took up Olbermann’s cause during her Friday night program, pointing out the difference between MSNBC and Fox News.

“We are not a political operation. Fox is. We are a news operation. And the rules around here are part of how you know that,” said Maddow.

Come Tuesday, Olbermann should feel the love from his devoted viewers with blockbuster ratings.


Comments

One Response to “Olbermann Back From MSNBC Exile on Tuesday”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 8th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Making donations as an individual is an implied right granted by the First Amendment. Campaigning, while holding a position as a newsperson (with or without permission), is not and should not be; it implies endorsement by the newsperson’s employer. It is inappropriate.

    What Olbermann did was within his rights as an American citizen. What Scarborough did was completely inappropriate behavior for a newsperson.

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