November 19th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Scarborough suspended

(CNN) - MSNBC has suspended anchor Joe Scarborough for two days without pay due to eight contributions he made to political candidates between 2004 and 2008, according to MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

Scarborough made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates.

"Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy," Griffin said in a statement. "It is critical that we enforce our standards and policies."

Scarborough apologized for the donations and in a statement said they were "nothing more than simple acts of friendship."

"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 manner," Scarborough said. "I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions."

"This will not happen again," Scarborough said.

Scarborough anchors "Morning Joe" on MSNBC that airs from 6 a.m. ET to 9 a.m. ET. He previously served as a Republican member of Congress from Florida.

This comes weeks after MSNBC suspended anchor Keith Olbermann over contributions he made to political candidates.

–CNN's Kiran Khalid contributed to this report

Filed under: MSNBC
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. joan

    So, MSNBC is trying to be transparent and fair and is suspending this guy for also contributing to a candidate, this time a Republican. When is Fox going to clean up its act? It seems to have no shame about its blatant partisanship, hypocracy and distortion of facts. The sad thing is that many people believe them.

    November 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. fideauxdon

    Only Fox gives raises to their employees for being totally biased and for selling useless gold coins to the idiots who watch the station.

    November 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. RideMyWave


    Joe's head has been way up in the clouds lately. Perhaps this will bring him down a few notches. Can't wait to hear the rest of the crew's opinions, without Joey there to constantly interrupt.

    November 19, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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