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Keith Olbermann, the long-standing host of “Countdown” and also a frequent sports contributor on Sunday Night Football, has been suspended by MSNBC for making political contributions.

Olbermann violated NBC News policy which prohibits their journalists from contributing to, or working for, any political party or candidate.  The suspension is without pay and is indefinite.

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

Olbermann admitted he gave the maximum amount to 3 candidates including the candidate who ran unsuccessfully against Tea Party winner Rand Paul of Kentucky.

NBC News and MSNBC did the right thing in this case whether or not you agree with their political commentary.  The policy prohibits “anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest,” according to MSNBC.com.  MSNBC / NBC News policy requires that all employees obtain approval first before engaging in political contributions.

MSNBC / NBC News  policy is a good one.  How many other news outlets – FOX News, for instance – have this same policy?

Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations – Politics – Decision 2010 – msnbc.com.