As the Washington Post reports, MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann has been suspended for contributing to several political campaigns, including Democrat Jack Conway's failed bid for U.S. Senate versus Republican Rand Paul.
It is apparently a violation of NBC News policy, yet Olbermann makes no secret of his liberal bias, which has made MSNBC a refuge for progressives.
Here's Olbermann's statement to Politico:
"One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky." Olbermann went on to say he "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."
The Conway/Paul contest was a frequent topic on Olbermann's show, including this May 25 interview: