Keith Olbermann Returns to MSNBC Tomorrow
Matt | On 08, Nov 2010
Well, that was quick.
MSNBC’s Countdown anchor, Keith Olbermann, will be back on-air Tuesday night in the anchor chair. Late last week, he faced an indefinite suspension without pay for violating the parent company’s (NBC News) policy against political donations without pre-approval from management. Word spread like wildfire on the Internet and TV about his suspension and the rumor that he may have been let go from the network altogether.
Here’s the tweet from Sunday afternoon that Olbermann used to announce his return to the airwaves:
“Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO”
Olbermann donated the maximum amount of $2,400 each to three candidates – Jack Conway for Senate (Kentucky), and U.S. Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva (both of Arizona). All three candidates are Democrats. Conway would go on to lose to Sen.-elect Rand Paul, while Giffords and Grijalva won both of their races.
NBC News policy, and those of most major news organizations, bans political donations without pre-approval by its employees at all levels. It implies a bias in fair news reporting and can send the wrong signal to viewers. In all honesty, though, it’s not as if we were UNAWARE that Keith was a staunch liberal. Hell, Helen Keller could see and hear Keith’s slant from a mile away!
The feisty, liberal anchor is one of the clear stars of the network. So, letting him go would have been a major blow to the network’s growing image as a buffer to the conservative slant of FOX News. I’m glad they didn’t take that drastic measure.
I told you, Keith just needed a few days off to rest and relax and he would be back in the saddle. The sad part is that the four days of pay he missed probably outweigh most of our yearly salaries! Uggh…
Update: The post has been edited to reflect the NBC News policy that employees need management pre-approval before making political contributions. (Thanks to Chinwe’!)