Keeping With Protocol, MSNBC Suspends Scarborough for Campaign Contributions

Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will face suspension after admitting to making eight separate donations to Republican candidates, Politico reports. The news comes two weeks after NBC President Phil Griffin handed down a similar punishment to Scarborough’s colleague Keith Olbermann after that anchor acknowledged contributions, in his case to liberal candidates.

“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.”

The suspension without pay will last for two days and end this coming Wednesday. Scarborough made donations to friends and other candidates running for office near his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. NBC made it clear during its punishment of Olbermann that such donations are in violation of company policy.

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