And just like that, the "indefinite" suspension is over. Keith Olbermann is back tomorrow night. The statement, via prez Phil Griffin last 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.
There has been some excellent reporting on this story around the web, but I'm still not sure the real reason has been revealed for this suspension - and perhaps won't, at least for a while. But certainly there had to be some other reason for this because political donations are - if not routine - hardly unknown among hosts on the cable networks. .
My speculattion: That when this was broken by Politico lat week, it posed a certain amount of embarassment for MSNBC and parent NBC which is going through the process of getting government approval for the Comcast merger. There's a new sheriff in town - a GOP-dominated Congress - and the network needed to show it wasn't dominated by Democrat-funding megaphones like Keith O.
So, the suspension - brief and to the point, delivering the message that MSNBC needed to send.
Meanwhile, there was simply no way Keith would not be returning. He delivers 1.2 million viewers a night - you simply don't replace that kind of pull instantly, plus, he's the lynchpin of the new Lean Forward image.
And so it goes in cable land.