Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC for campaign donations

Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was suspended Friday morning for two days without pay after it was revealed he made political donations to Republican candidates during the recent election cycle.

According to Politico, Scarborough admitted to giving eight previously undisclosed donations to family and friends running for state and local office, violating the network’s policy. MSNBC’s parent company, NBC, bans political contributions from its employees without specific permission from the network president.

In a statement released Friday, Scarborough said that when he realized he was in violation of the policy, he called NBC’s president Phil Griffin “and agreed with Phil’s immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.”

“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,” said Scarborough. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.”

Scarborough’s suspension comes two weeks after another MSNBC host, Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely for making contributions to three Democratic candidates. Olbermann’s suspension however, was subsequently shortened to two days.

As Joe recognizes, it is critical that we enforce our standards and policies,” said Griffin in a statement.

  • vastrightwingconspiracy

    Yawn. Who cares about these media prima donnas? I really hope Comcast cleans house when they take over.

  • bigalsouth

    Wait a minute. This article wasn’t satire? You’re kiddin me.

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  • dollar10E6

    I guess that Ms. Butinski can talk non-stop unabated for a few days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Carney/600744266 Mark Carney

    Maybe MSNBC should just shut down for two weeks and retool. Re-brand the Network as SNBC: The Soros National Broadcast Company. Maybe that would do the trick…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grant-Devereaux/1317155160 Grant Devereaux

    MSBNBC is at least trying to show some objectivity amongst it’s journalists – Something FOX news doesn’t even pretend to try to do. Personally I think it is much ado about nothing – what someone does personally should be their business as long as they do not do, as FOX NEWS Commentators do, use their programs as money raising opportunities for candidates.

    • PolyIndependent

      More so, and what’s not being mentioned here, is that Scarborough was contributing to REPUBLICANS.

      • theprofessor

        Get an adult to read to you. Apparently, you aren’t capable.

        • PolyIndependent

          ha ha ha.. I see the DC has done their ever famous “follow up” when someone calls you on your shiznit. The words “to Republican candidates” was not there earlier. But, like biased sources, they will alter history to reflect their opinions. Daily Kos does it as well.

    • bigalsouth

      G.D.:MSBNBC is at least trying to show some objectivity amongst it’s journalists

      Sir, for that sentence alone, your intelligence, objectivity and sanity are now certified. Anybody who uses “objectivity” and “MSNBC” in the same sentence has been watching The Ed Show spittle fest way, way too long.

  • dirtytricksjusttowin

    Nice try again MSNBC, first Olbermann then this creep…nah, intelligent Americans won’t fall for this strategy to attract viewers.

  • theslowrider

    Remember how Bill Clinton was called a ‘creep’ by most of the women he assaulted? Well, Joe is even worse.

  • baal

    Sounds like a little bit of manufactured controversy to get people to watch…

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