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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

David Shuster Suspended Indefinitely From MSNBC For CNN Gig

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Shuster Is Suspended

MSNBC brass wasn't happy when news broke this week that David Shuster had taped a pilot for CNN, and the anchor wasn't on-air yesterday.

Now comes word of Shuster's fate through an MSNBC spokesperson: "David has been suspended indefinitely."

It's not the first time he's been suspended.

Shuster was off the air a couple weeks in 2008 after he talked about how Hillary Clinton had "pimped out" Chelsea on the campaign trail.

And in January, he was reprimanded for a series of tweets criticizing James O'Keefe (who he was covering at the time). Since then, Shuster's Twitter account has gone silent.

According to the Observer's report, the CNN pilot was for a news show featuring Shuster and NPR's Michel Martin as co-anchors. It also included, according to the report, "medical and opinion segments, and included appearances by several current CNN contributors."

Word of Shuster's CNN pilot caught the network by surprise.

TVNewser reported that MSNBC president Phil Griffin learned about it on vacation, and on the phone with Shuster, "ripped him a new one."

Shuster, who's been on MSNBC at various times over the past couple of years, while also filling in on shows such as "Countdown," most recently had the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. slots.

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Sources: MSNBC, Politico, NY Times, Newser, Facebook, Google Maps

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