Keith Olbermann Thanks His Supporters

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Mr. Olbermann’s contributions came to light in an article by Politico on Friday morning. He said he had donated $2,400 to the campaigns of Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky, who lost his Senate race to Rand Paul. He told Politico, “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.” Keith Olbermann has apologized to his viewers for the “unnecessary drama” created by his suspension from MSNBC. NBC ethics rules require anyone participating in “civic or other outside activities,” including campaign donations, to clear it with Griffin first. The rules say such activities may “jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest,” reports CBS. Because surely if there’s one word that describes Keith Olbermann, it’s “impartial.”

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“You should know that I mistakenly violated an inconsistently applied rule – which I previously knew nothing about – that pertains to the process by which such political contributions are approved by NBC. Certainly this mistake merited a form of public acknowledgment and/or internal warning, and an on-air discussion about the merits of limitations on such campaign contributions by all employees of news organizations. Instead, after my representative was assured that no suspension was contemplated, I was suspended without a hearing, and learned of that suspension through the media.”

 Keith Olbermann Thanks His Supporters

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