The Media Firestorm That Is The Keith Olbermann Suspension


Insanity. Thats what I would call the entire situation regarding the Keith Olbermann suspension over at MSNBC. If you haven’t heard of what happened yesterday, then you’ve obviously been living under a rock. It’s been on the top five headlines on Google News (which monitors all news of the planet) since the news broke yesterday. Over 1,700 articles have been written on the situation. So if you haven’t heard (which I doubt, but I’ll say it anyway) here’s a recap of what took place. It all began with a report made by Politico two nights ago which revealed that Keith Olbermann donated thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates running for office in the recent midterm elections in late October. The following morning, MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced that he suspended Keith for making the political donations, saying that it was against NBC News’ policy to donate to candidates without their permission, which Keith never did. He was suspended indefinitely without pay, and the news spread around the internet like wildfire. He immediately shot to the top of Twitter’s Trending Topics, Google’s News section, and quickly became the most popular article on The New York Times’ website.

It’s still on most of those website’s top charts, and huge campaigns to bring Keith back have already been made. A petition that has been made was spread out all over the Internet (mainly twitter) and over 200,000 people have signed the petition since yesterday. Thomas Roberts, an MSNBC dayside anchor, was chosen to host last nights “Countdown,” and said that he hopes that Keith will return soon to the network. Rachel Maddow, another Liberal star of MSNBC, who’s show has Countdown as it’s lead-in, said that she also hopes that Keith will come back soon and referred to political donations made by the personalities of Fox News, which have made many donations over the years, signaling that MSNBC’s suspension of Olbermann was wrong.

Olbermann was seen as the network’s savior, when it premiered to huge ratings for the network, tripling the amount of viewers in the eight o’clock hour. MSNBC isn’t as dependent on Olbermann as they were before. Newcomers Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell have given big ratings for the network as well, with Maddow occasionally topping Olbermann in the targeted audience of Adults 25-54.

Politico’s Playbook is reporting that Keith was suspended because he refused to admit and apologize on air. They say that Keith didn’t know that he couldn’t donate to political campaigns, therefore he wasn’t going to apologize. Even though theres been over 200,000 signatures for Keith’s return, I don’t think we’ll be seeing him anytime soon on MSNBC.


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