MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay on Friday after it came to light that the smuggest anchor on television had donated to political campaigns in violation of NBC News policy. That will end on Tuesday night, when Olbermann returns to the air. MSNBC president Phil Griffin released the following statement:
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. [THR]
Of course, Olbermann, being the bloviating douchebag that he is, sees himself as the victim in all of this and has gone so far as to demand an apology from MSNBC. Because he broke the rules, and rules should either be changed for him or not apply to him.
“Keith is furious about the way this has all been handled and insisted that MSNBC bosses apologize to him before he would agree to return,” a network insider tells me. “Keith sees himself as the star of MSNBC, the person who put them on the map and discovered fellow network anchors Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. To be treated like this by the network he helped shape, he considers disgusting.”
“In addition to an apology, Keith is demanding that the rules be changed,” an executive tells me. “Keith thinks it’s unfair that FOX News anchors can make contributions and support candidates and he can’t. It’s his money that he has earned, he should be allowed to do whatever he wants with it.” [Popeater]
Ugh. I feel like I should take a shower after reading that. I’m gonna need to watch five minutes of Glenn Beck crying to bring my brain back to the political middle.