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Howard Kurtz Comments on Olbermann’s Two-Day Suspension



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A “wrist-slap”:

After suspending the host of Countdown over unauthorized campaign contributions, MSNBC decided to cut short its star’s punishment and get him back on the air. Howard Kurtz on the light sanction.

Keith Olbermann’s suspension didn’t last long.

He will be back hosting MSNBC’s Countdown on Tuesday night, having missed all of two programs.

The liberal commentator caused a media furor by donating the maximum $2,400 to three Democratic candidates in the final weeks of the campaign—and sparked a fascinating debate about how far news channel personalities should be able to go in pursuit of partisanship. MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended his biggest star for flouting network rules against making political contributions. But Griffin issued this statement Sunday night:

“After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.”

The rest here.



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