MSNBC Suspends Joe Scarborough

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In a pretty obvious attempt to appear even-handed after suspending Keith Olbermann for the same offense, MSNBC president Phil Griffin has now suspended Joe Scarborough for campaign donations.

MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president.

“I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter,” Scarborough said in a statement. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions,” he said, adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions, he called MSNBC president Phil Griffin “and agreed with Phil’s immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.”

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23 comments
1 Kragar  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 10:56:58am

And the wingnuts will make this sound like the biggest political drama since Watergate starting … NOW.

2 RogueOne  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 10:59:38am

I think “obvious attempt to appear even-handed” is pretty apt.

3 Obdicut  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:00:28am

Wait a second.

adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions

Why did he have to be made aware of them? I mean, he made them.

4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:01:09am

Scarborough a leftie or a rightie?

I don’t watch this stuff.

Really. I don’t know.

5 RogueOne  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:01:43am

re: #4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Scarborough a leftie or a rightie?

I don’t watch this stuff.

Really. I don’t know.

Middle-right.

6 Obdicut  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:03:00am

re: #4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

He’s an ex-GOP congressman. In some ways he’s moderate, but in others he’s very socially conservative.

7 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:04:15am

Hence the “even handed”. Okay.

Thanks guys.

8 Ericus58  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:05:29am

re: #6 Obdicut

He’s an ex-GOP congressman. In some ways he’s moderate, but in others he’s very socially conservative.

Joe is a SoCon?
I didn’t know that.

9 RadicalModerate  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:05:35am

So, I see Glenn Beck has a new book out - a “Self-Help” book on handling grief and addiction issues.

[Link: www.mediaite.com…]

No word whether this book has a chapter regarding dealing with paranoid conspiracy delusions related to billionaire Jewish bankers.

10 Obdicut  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:14:20am

re: #8 Ericus58

Yes, in a ‘let’s just ignore gay rights and abortion at the federal level way’. He supported DOMA hugely. He supported a lot of pro-life legislation.

[Link: www.queerty.com…]

Scarborough is sane, however, not a raving nutjob, and so he’s ‘moderate’ in that regard.

He’s very reasonable on environmental and civil rights issues that don’t involve gay people or abortions.

11 Kragar  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:15:42am

re: #10 Obdicut

Yes, in a ‘let’s just ignore gay rights and abortion at the federal level way’. He supported DOMA hugely. He supported a lot of pro-life legislation.

[Link: www.queerty.com…]

Scarborough is sane, however, not a raving nutjob, and so he’s ‘moderate’ in that regard.

He’s very reasonable on environmental and civil rights issues that don’t involve gay people or abortions.

Oh, a RINO. Why didn’t you say so?
/

12 cliffster  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:15:52am
At the time of Olbermann’s suspension Griffin said he had a conversation with Scarborough about political giving. “In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago, he did not recall these contributions,” Griffin said.

That seems odd. Just slipped his mind.

13 Varek Raith  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:17:26am

The only one who should be suspended, probably fired, from MSNBC ins Pat Buchanan.

14 Ericus58  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:24:27am

re: #10 Obdicut

Yes, in a ‘let’s just ignore gay rights and abortion at the federal level way’. He supported DOMA hugely. He supported a lot of pro-life legislation.

[Link: www.queerty.com…]

Scarborough is sane, however, not a raving nutjob, and so he’s ‘moderate’ in that regard.

He’s very reasonable on environmental and civil rights issues that don’t involve gay people or abortions.

Well, sorry to see that he’s got an issue with gay rights. Thanks for the info.
Looks like room for improvement.

15 Tigger2  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:31:22am

An expected move after the Olbermann debacle.

16 ProBosniaLiberal  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:45:46am

I got a better idea. Suspend or fire Phil Griffin. He seems to be incompetant or something similar.

17 engineer cat  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 12:02:40pm

scarborough, along with mccain, was ahead of the rest of the republican party in pointing out that the pre-surge iraq policy was in deep failure mode. for this he was excommunicated from the idiotocracy. here is a freep comment about the suspension today:

See! They DO enforce it on both sides!

Both the far-far-extreme-far left and the not-so-far left are subject to the same rules!

another fun detail is provided by the a random video posting in the same thread headlined Mitt Romney bragging and lying about his GREAT CommieCare program, with the comment Romney is an unrepentant abortionist/statist lying political whore! Just to be absolutely clear, there will never ever be a RINO Romney campaign on FR!! If he somehow becomes the nominee, FR will be running a full-time campaign to DEFEAT him!! If you wish to support him then I suggest you sign off FR and onto Wankers for Mitt!!

as a progressive, i am very satisfied with the amazing progress the tea party has made so far in its historic mission to divide and marginalize the conservative movement

18 abbyadams  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 12:27:14pm

MBF goes national!

19 sagehen  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 1:25:26pm

re: #11 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Oh, a RINO. Why didn’t you say so?
/

He was a huuuuggge Bush supporter, up until Katrina knocked the scales from his eyes.

He’s from Pensacola FL, his wife was doing relief work for some of the hurricane refugees while he was covering the storm’s aftermath, and every time the White House Press Office held a briefing about what they were doing, he’d shriek “no they’re not! They’re not, it’s a lie! They’re lying! I’m standing right here, and they’re not, and I’ve been driving around, and they’re nowhere, not doing any of what they say they’re doing, any of it at all. What the hell else are they lying about? At this point I’m ready to believe the Iraq war isn’t going anywhere near as well as they say, ‘cause they’re just big fat liars.”

It was a pretty astonishing turnaround.

20 Lidane  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 3:07:04pm

re: #15 Tigger2

An expected move after the Olbermann debacle.

And an entirely pointless one.

21 Lidane  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 3:08:30pm

re: #19 sagehen

He was a huuuggge Bush supporter, up until Katrina knocked the scales from his eyes.

Watching both Scarborough and Shepard Smith over on Fox during Katrina was a revelation. Both men absolutely flipped their shit over what they were seeing on the ground and refused to play along with the party lines. It was extraordinary.

22 Kev117  Fri, Nov 19, 2010 8:30:20pm

re: #3 Obdicut

When you have that much money…

23 sngnsgt  Sat, Nov 20, 2010 8:38:01am

I only watch Matthews on MSLSD for the comedy value.


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