On Friday November 6th it was announced that MSNBC was suspending commentator Keith Olbermann indefinitely without pay for making political contributions to Democratic candidates in violation of NBC’s stated policy against making such contributions without prior approval. In preventing its political commentators from donating to political candidates, MSNBC is attempting to draw a distinction between itself as a news organization and Fox News, which not only openly contributes to political candidates but hires them as commentators on their “news” programs which then become platforms from which these candidates can campaign. Update Monday November 8: Olbermann has been reinstated as of Tuesday this week.
Rachel Maddow, Olbermann’s protege at MSNBC, has said of the suspension:
“I understand the rule. I understand what it means to break it,” Maddow said on her show.
“I believe everyone should face the same treatment under that rule. I also personally believe that the point has been made and we should have Keith back hosting ‘Countdown.’
I have not been able to find any comments by Keith Olbermann himself on the subject, but he is certainly going through some interesting planetary cycles at the moment. I profiled Olbermann in this earlier article, but would like to repost some relevant passages from that original post that help to shed light on the current situation:
Mercury is in harmony (trine) with Mars in his chart which energizes (Mars) his thought process (Mercury) and gives him an ability to express powerful views without seeming overly aggressive. Mars is an independent planet, and in trine to Mercury it amplifies Keith’s independent (Mars) thinking (Mercury), adding to the radical tendency that his chart already shows with the Aquarian Sun opposite Uranus. However, Mars in […]