For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Michael Briggs (202) 224-5141

Senator Bernie Sanders

Sanders Statement on Olbermann Suspension

WASHINGTON -  “It
is outrageous that General Electric/MSNBC would suspend Keith Olbermann for
exercising his constitutional rights to contribute to a candidate of his
choice. This is a real threat to political discourse in America and will have
a chilling impact on every commentator for MSNBC.

“We
live in a time when 90 percent of talk radio is dominated by right-wing
extremists, when the Republican Party has its own cable network (Fox) and
when progressive voices are few and far between.  

“At
a time when the ownership of Fox news contributed millions of dollars to the
Republican Party, when a number of Fox commentators are using the network as
a launching pad for their presidential campaigns and are raising money right
off the air, it is absolutely unacceptable that MSNBC suspended one of the
most popular progressive commentators in the country.  

“Is
Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz next? Is this simply a ‘personality
conflict’ within MSNBC or is one of America’s major corporations
cracking down on a viewpoint they may not like? Whatever the answer may be, Keith
Olbermann should be reinstated immediately and allowed to present his point
of view."

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