Monday, November 8, 2010

MSNBC Reinstates Keith Olbermann

That was short:

Keith Olbermann’s suspension from msnbc television for donating to three Democratic campaigns will end this coming Tuesday, NBC announced Sunday night.

Olbermann was suspended indefinitely Friday for violating NBC News rules about donations.

(Msnbc.com, a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft, also has a policy against its journalists contributing to political campaigns.)

In a statement released Sunday evening, Phil Griffin, president of msnbc television, said he had deliberated about Olbermann’s status for several days.
Story: Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations

“I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy,” Griffin said. “We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.

On his own Twitter account, Olbermann broke his silence about the suspension on Sunday. “Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO,” he wrote.

I suspect that MSNBC saw the backlash from viewers who pointed out that, as Matt Taibbi said, “NBC punishing Olbermann for donating to Democratic candidates is like Hugh Hefner fining the Playmate of the Year for showing ankle.”

I’m guessing that when Mr. Olbermann returns tomorrow night, he’ll make a brief statement and that will be it. And I also think that NBC will be reviewing their policy and making some changes as to who can donate to political campaigns and who can’t. Point made, story over; how about them Packers?

The one upside is that it will set off the right wingers. They need to be provoked out of their smugness after the election.