MSNBC Suspends Scarborough for Campaign Donations


MSNBC is suspending Joe Scarborough, co-host of Morning Joe, for two days after it became aware he made campaign donations to friends and family members, the network said Friday.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin released the following statement: "This morning Joe Scarborough informed me that he made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates in Florida between 2004-08. In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago, he did not recall these contributions. Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy. He will be immediately suspended for two days without pay and will return to the air on Wednesday, November 24th. As Joe recognizes, it is critical that we enforce our standards and policies."

Scarborough's suspension follows a similar sabbatical earlier this month for Countdown host Keith Olbermann, who also didn't disclose to MSNBC executive managent that he had made campaign donations.