MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Suspended for Political Donations
November 19, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Following in Keith Olbermann’s footsteps, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was suspended without pay for two-days after it came to light that he made a number of political donations in violation of the network’s policy. The donations made to the Florida campaigns of friends and family were uncovered by The Politico after the indefinite suspension of Olbermann, who returned after being away for two shows, for making two political donations without first obtaining permission. Scarborough issued a statement regretting the donations that he characterized, as “simple acts of friendship” that he thought weren’t subject to NBC’s ban on employee donations without prior approval.
The Politico writes:
“MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president.”
“I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter,” Scarborough said in a statement. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions,” he said, adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions, he called MSNBC President Phil Griffin “and agreed with Phil’s immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.”
So, Scarborough receives the exact same suspension ultimately served by Olbermann. Somehow, it seems doubtful that Scarborough would have been disciplined in this way, were it not for MSNBC’s overreaction to Olbermann’s donations.
Regardless, the policy of requiring prior approval before cable personalities can make personal political donations seems absurd.