The New York Times‘ Brian Stelter just Tweeted that Keith Olbermann will be replaced tonight on MSNBC by The Nation‘s Washington editor Chris Hayes, who has been a guest host on MSNBC previously. On that note, Chris Hayes should probably be suspended. UPDATED.
Take a look:
Via OpenSecrets.org, The Nation‘s Chris Hayes donated $1,500 to Democrat Joshua Segall a little over two years ago, and $250 to Democrat Thomas Howard Geoghegan, and another $250 to Josh Segall again last December!
So, will MSNBC suspend their guest contributor? From an MSNBC post on MSNBC ethics guidelines:
NBC and MSNBC TV require permission of the president of NBC News. (MSNBC.com is a joint venture of NBC Universal and Microsoft.) “Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee.”
Also, if you’re wondering whether or not guest hosts can be suspended, remember Richard Wolffe, who was suspended from Countdown of course, after it was revealed by Salon’s Glenn Greenwald that Wolffe was pocketing cash as a lobbyist on the side.
We left word at MSNBC president Phil Griffin’s office and did not get through for immediate comment.
UPDATE: We received word back from an MSNBC press rep, who gave us a “no comment,” and then referred us to Jeremy Gaines, VP of Communications for MSNBC. We emailed Gaines, explaining why their standard would prevent Hayes from hosting Countdown tonight. Gains didn’t return request for comment…to us. Brian Stelter of the New York Times just Tweeted:
Update: MSNBC now says Chris Hayes will *not* be the sub tonight. No word yet on who will be.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 5, 2010