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Could this be a side effect of the countries right leaning ways ? Are they making a move to the right... as CNN has ? Lets hope so.
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MSNBC has suspended anchor Keith Olbermann, after it was revealed the "Countdown" host made political contributions to three Democratic candidates.

Politico reported Friday that Olbermann contributed to the candidates in the run-up to Tuesday's midterm elections, making a donation to Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva on the same day he appeared on the cable news show.

In a statement, MSNBC said its ethics policy bans journalists from making political contributions. Olbermann, perhaps the cable network's most famous face, is known as an outspoken liberal commenter. As one of the network's highest-paid personalities, he is central to the network's "Lean Forward" campaign, a rebranding effort promoting

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," MSNBC President Phil Griffin, said in a statement. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

Olbermann admitted to making contributions to Grijalva, as well as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D- Ariz., and Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate who lost to Tea Party favorite Rand Paul in the Kentucky Senate race.

Olbermann told Politico he made the maximum contribution of $2,400 to each candidate.

"One week ago, on the night of Thursday, October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords," Olbermann told Politico. "I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky."

"I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level," Olbermann said.

A spokesman for MSNBC said neither Olbermann nor the network would comment beyond the statement he gave Politico.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., jumped to Olbermann's defense. "It is outrageous that General Electric/MSNBC would suspend Keith Olbermann for exercising his constitutional rights to contribute to a candidate of his choice. This is a real threat to political discourse in America and will have a chilling impact on every commentator for MSNBC," Sanders said in a statement.

"At a time when the ownership of Fox news contributed millions of dollars to the Republican Party, when a number of Fox commentators are using the network as a launching pad for their presidential campaigns and are raising money right off the air, it is absolutely unacceptable that MSNBC suspended one of the most popular progressive commentators in the country."

Olbermann said he contributed to Grijalva's campaign on Oct. 28, the same day the Democrat appeared on Countdown. Grijalva is opposed to Arizona's tough new anti-immigration law and risked his seat in Congress when he supported a boycott of the state.

According to Politico, Olbermann made the contribution from a Mailboxes Etc., near his show's studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Just three weeks before Grijalva appeared on Countdown, Olbermann devoted a portion of his nightly show to attacking News Corp., the parent company of right-leaning cable network Fox News, for contributing to the Republican Governors Association and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Olbermann asked a leading Democratic lawmaker if Congress should pass a law banning journalists from making political contributions.

In an Oct. 7 interview with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., Olbermann asked: "Is there a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable-news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party?"

According to a 2007, MSNBC.com report, NBC News requires employees there to seek the permission of the network's president before making political donation or participating in political events like rallies.

In September, the watchdog group the Center for Responsive Politics reported that "235 people who identified themselves on government documents as journalists, or as working for news organizations, who together have donated more than $469,900 to federal political candidates, committees and parties during the 2010 election cycle
 

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That didn't take long! I just heard it and bam!
Olbermann has been on thin ice for a bit. His rhetoric has been getting tiresome to the 1 or 2 partially professional ancors there. There has been some chatter regarding it...

I doubt it's a right leaning bent, just economics, but it is a relief to know that at least for a while there won't be as bad a stench from that area of the cable channels...I used to have to cross over MSNBC on my way to the Discovery Channel from Fox...:laughing:
 

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He wasn't suspended, they are just trying to make Rupert Murdoch look like an ass. He is on vacation, no suspension. He will be off with his 18 year old girlfriend somewhere..
 

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:laughing: The Right is just like family on Fox. Too many contributions and fund raisers to count. Not against the " Rules " at Fox...Just get the message out, true or not..
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:laughing: The Right is just like family on Fox. Too many contributions and fund raisers to count. Not against the " Rules " at Fox...Just get the message out, true or not..
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I guess it would be too much to ask for reference to that statement..
 

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Suspended for a 3 day weekend! :laughing:

What a tough penalty! :smack
 

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I guess it would be too much to ask for reference to that statement..
:huh: For what ? The fund raising ? The donations ? All public record...Google away my friend..:D
 

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I will offer a factual and substantive argument against Olberman, much like the libs have used against Beck...

Olberman is a douchebag. :laughing:
 

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I will offer a factual and substantive argument against Olberman, much like the libs have used against Beck...

Olberman is a douchebag. :laughing:
Beck should be and will be, I predict , committed..:thumbsup:
 

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Like you know anything about Beck.. :rolling:

Yeah, he is anti-nazi/communist/socialist.. he don't toe the media line.. so I guess it's logical to commit him. :crazy:
Nope, just a dangerous nut-job..The Universe will take care of Mr. Beck..

And it's, doesn't toe....:cheers:
 

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Nope, just a dangerous nut-job..The Universe will take care of Mr. Beck..

And it's, doesn't toe....:cheers:
Zep, you're gonna have to something about that avatar. How can I concentrate on your message when that...beautiful thing is calling from the corner of my eye?:laughing:
 

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Zep, you're gonna have to something about that avatar. How can I concentrate on your message when that...beautiful thing is calling from the corner of my eye?:laughing:
:laughing: She said thanks. Just think how it is to have her in the next room everyday. I'm surprised we get anything done.
 
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