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Olbermann Returns To MSNBC After Suspension Over Political Contributions

November 9, 2010 by  

Olbermann returns to MSNBC after suspension over political contributionsMSNBC's Keith Olbermann returned on air on Nov. 9 following a two-show suspension for political contributions he had made without the network's approval.

The Huffington Post reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended Olbermann last week after discovering that the host of "Countown" had donated $7,500 to three Democrats running for Federal office. The network's policy prohibits any NBC News employee from taking part in activities that could jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist.

Olbermann missed the Nov. 5 and Nov. 8 broadcasts of "Countdown," which Griffin called an "appropriate punishment," according to the news provider. Olbermann, a liberal political commentator, has received support from several media outlets, including the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard.

William Kristol, of The Standard, said that Olbermann hosts an opinion show and has the right to put his money behind what he believes. Kristol suggested that General Electric, the company which owns NBC networks, is trying to appeal to the soon-to-be Republican majority in the House of Representatives by suspending a popular liberal voice.

The Wall Street Journal reports that FOX News doesn't prohibit its hosts of opinion shows from making political contributions. For example, Federal Election Commission records reveal that Sean Hannity donated $5,000 to MichelePAC, the committee of Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

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