Just two weeks after MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann for donating money to three Democratic political candidates, the cable news network has suspended Morning Joe anchor Joe Scarborough for making similar campaign contributions.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced that Scarborough notified him Friday morning that between 2004 and 2008 he had made eight $500 contributions to various local candidates in Florida, where he previously served as a Republican congressional representative.
Upon learning this news, MSNBC suspended Scarborough for two days without pay. He will return to the air on Wednesday, November 24.
Phil Griffin: "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. As Joe recognizes, it is critical that we enforce our standards and policies."
Scarborough has since apologized for violating the policy.
Joe Scarborough: "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. I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions. This will not happen again."