The news was just announced as the channel discovered Keith made campaign contributions to three Democrats last month. Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC stated:
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”
Keith made a $2,400 donation to Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky, which is against the policy of the network.
NBC executives privately told the Times: “They saw a chance to draw a distinction between the journalistic standards of their news division and the standards of Fox, a favorite of Republicans. Media Matters, a liberal media monitoring group that opposes Fox, noted on Friday afternoon that two Fox News hosts, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity, had given money to Republican politicians in the past.”
Keith’s show is by far the most popular on the network so there is no chance he will be fired. I wouldn’t expect to see him gone for long from the airwaves.