MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann

  • Aired:  11/08/10
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MSNBC suspends Keith Olbermann for making campaign donations without obtaining permission from the network first. (5:06)

ME.

[LAUGHTER]

HAD A GOOD WEEKEND.

I SLEPT.

I SPENT A LOT OF IT DRESSED AS A

BOXER.

IT WILL MAKE SENSE.

WATCHING SOME OF THE REACTION TO

THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY.

GOOD THING I WAS DRESSED THAT

WAY.

>> ALL OF US HERE AT COUNTDOWN

AND ALL LOT OF US HAD ONE MAJOR

WELL DEFINED PROBLEM OF THE

RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY AND OR

FEAR.

SPEAK UP FOR THE POWERLESS IS

NOT THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF

STICKING UP FOR THE POWERFUL.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: WHOA.

THAT STUNNING.

I DON'T THINK -- THAT STUNG.

I DON'T THINK WE WERE EQUATING

THE TWO.

WE SPEND A --

>> I KNOW EVERYBODY LIKES TO SAY

IT'S CABLE NEWS.

IT'S ALL THE SAME, FOX AND

MSNBC.

MIRROR IMAGES OF EACH OTHER.

THAT IS NEVER TRUE IN ANYWAY.

THAT AND WHAT THE REST OF US DO

FOR A LIVING.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: MY TEETH CAME OUT.

WHY?

I UNDERSTAND THAT -- I DO CASE

DEGREE THAT THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW POLITICAL

PUNDIT SLASH COMEDIANS ARE NOT

GOING TO UNDERSTAND COMEDIANS

SLASH POLITICAL PUNDITS LIKE ME

AND BILL MAHER.

>> IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A

RALLY MAKE IT ABOUT SOMETHING.

I DON'T NEED TO PRETEND THAT

BOTH SIDES HAS A POINT HERE.

TWO OPPOSING SIDES DON'T

NECESSARILY HAVE TWO COMPELLING

ARGUMENT.

IF IT'S TOO POLLARRIZING FOR YOU

AND YOU WANT TO REACH ACROSS THE

AISLE, HOLD HAND AND SING WITH

SOMEONE ON THE RIGHT, TRY CHURCH

[COUNTING IN SLOW MOTION] EIGHT,

NINE, TEN.

>>

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: FOR THIS I PAY $12 A

MONTH.

DAMN YOU HBO.

[LAUGHTER]

CLEARLY THE RALLY WAS A MASSIVE

FAILURE.

SINCE MY INTENTION WAS NOT, AS

BILL DESCRIBED, TO MAKE NO MORAL

JUDGMENT BETWEEN COMPETING

ARGUMENTS AND SAY LET'S ALL GET

ALONG.

OR SUGGEST WE BE MORE JUDICIAL

WITH BLANKET SLANDER.

I'M LEFT WITH NO CHOICE.

I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE.

THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13 JOIN

ME FOR THE RALLY TO DETERMINE

PERCENT SAOEUSLY THE PERCENTAGE

OF BLAME TO BE DOLED OUT TO THE

LEFT AND RIGHT FOR OUR PROBLEMS

BUT WE KNOW THAT THE ONLY THING

THAT MATTERS IS THE OTHER GUYS

ARE WORSE THAN WE ARE AND OR

FEAR.

WE'RE DOING THIS PEOPLE.

THIS IS FOR REAL.

ARIANNA GET THE BUSES.

PORT-A-POTTY PETE GET YOUR

PORT-APOTIES.

HOLD ON A SECOND.

KID ROCK CALL OZZY AND R2D2

WE'RE GETTING THE BAND BACK

TOGETHER, DUDE.

[LAUGHTER]

I WANTED TO SAY THIS: CONTRARY

TO WHAT PEOPLE MAY BELIEVE I DO

THINK IT WAS ABOUT SOMETHING

JUST NECESSARILY WHAT THEY

WANTED IT TO BE ABOUT OR WHAT

THEY THINK IT WAS ABOUT.

IF WE WERE INARTFUL, WE WERE

INARTFUL.

I DISAGREE WITH THEIR

CLASSIFICATION OF IT BUT I'M

SURE WE CAN CLARIFY IT ON EACH

OTHER'S PROGRAMS FOR TEN YEARS.

WE'RE FREE TO DISAGREE.

THAT'S THE GREAT THING ABOUT

AMERICA WE HAVE THE FREEDOM FOR

OUR OWN OPINIONS AND SAY AND DO

WHAT WE WISH.

>> MSNBC HAS SUSPENDED KEITH OL

HERMAN -- OLBERMAN FOR MAKING

POLITICAL DONATIONS.

>> Jon: ALMOST ANYBODY.

HE MADE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

WITHOUT OBTAINING PERMISSION

FROM THE NETWORK BECAUSE MSNBC

HAS A HARD AND FAST RULE THAT

POLITICAL DONATIONS REPRESENT

BIAS IN JOURNALISM UNLESS YOU

ASK FIRST.

YOU LEARN YOUR MANNERS BOY OR

I'LL KNOCK YOU DOWN TO HOSTING

HEADLINERS AND LEGENDS SO FAST

YOUR HEAD WILL SPIN.

HE WAS SUSPENDED INDEAF FITLY.

IT'S BAD ENOUGH THEY SUSPENDED

HIS MUSTACHE.

BOOM!

THAT WAS GRATUITOUS.

THERE'S NO TELLING HOW LONG IT

WILL BE UNTIL WE SEE HIM AGAIN.

>> KEITH OLBERMAN WILL BE BACK

ON THE AIR TOMORROW NIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: LESSON LEARNED.

[LAUGHTER]

YES, MSNBC IT'S A STUPID RULE

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