MSNBC suspends Olbermann without pay over donations to Democrats

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely from hosting his MSNBC show after it was revealed that he recently contributed money to three Democratic campaigns.

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

It was reported Friday that Olbermann donated Monday to the Democratic campaigns of Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as well as Kentucky Senate hopeful Jack Conway.

Olbermann was a critic of rival Fox News after news came out that Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the Fox’s parent company, had donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. “Fox News has put its money where its mouth is,” Olbermann said then.

MSNBC had confirmed to several news outlets that Chris Hayes of the Nation was set to host Olbermann’s “Countdown” Friday night, even though filings showed he too is a contributor to Democratic campaigns. They later said Hayes would not serve as a fill-in host.

The Daily Caller has reached out to MSNBC and will update as we learn more.