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Current TV Dismisses Keith Olbermann
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/current-tv-dismisses-keith-olbermann/ ^ | March 30, 2012, | Brian Stelter

Posted on 03/30/2012 2:11:24 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark

Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor Keith Olbermann, scarcely one year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.

Mr. Olbermann did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Current indicated that he had failed to honor the terms of his five-year, $50 million contract, giving the channel the right to terminate it.

In a letter to viewers, the channel said Friday, “We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before. Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.”

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Just where do you go from Current TV?

Cable access shows in New York City have more viewers.

1 posted on 03/30/2012 2:11:39 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
$50 million for Olbermann? Is there no end to insanity in this country?

ML/NJ

2 posted on 03/30/2012 2:13:40 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Maybe he can find work in Canada?


3 posted on 03/30/2012 2:14:34 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

They should have hired the horse-faced Mr. Ed.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 2:14:37 PM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
"Just where do you go from Current TV?

Air America

5 posted on 03/30/2012 2:14:53 PM PDT by In Maryland (Liberal logic - the ultimate oxymoron!)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Even the commie media doesn’t want him.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 2:14:53 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Well, being on Current TV takes hell out of the equation...good question!

7 posted on 03/30/2012 2:14:58 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

oh my......yet.....LOL!


8 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:12 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

$50 million to be an ignorant clown.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark; monkapotamus; Bender2; tomkow6; LUV W; All

He probably tick them off somehow did he throw diva fit after one of primary LOL!


10 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:23 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

He was also fired unceremoniously.


11 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:32 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

I've got plenty of room in my septic tank!

PS: Dear Keith -

Ha Ha!!!


12 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:51 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: ml/nj

When you are paying a demented Leftist $50 million for a viewership of 10 people you know the people paying him are insane in the membrain(sic), too!


13 posted on 03/30/2012 2:15:51 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

ROTFL!!! Well Keith! There is always that “fries guy” job! Heh heh heh.


14 posted on 03/30/2012 2:17:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

15 posted on 03/30/2012 2:18:37 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: SevenofNine

Imagine what an incredible @#$%^ this guy must be to get fired from a no viewer cable TV channel.

It’s like getting fired from collage radio !


16 posted on 03/30/2012 2:18:47 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

I think he goes back to MSNBC. The hour with Al Sharpton is an absolute zero. Then you look at the numbers with Lawrence O’Donnell which is pretty low. Keith needs to walk in and say he’ll work for almost nothing in the beginning to prove that he can bring the numbers back up....and then if he succeeds....get a real salary plus-up.

If that doesn’t happen....then I think he ends up on Dancing with the Stars.


17 posted on 03/30/2012 2:19:05 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

18 posted on 03/30/2012 2:19:19 PM PDT by reegs
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Mitt Romney’s campaign, maybe? I’m sure Olbermann would have no trouble working with a self-described progressive.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 2:19:49 PM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Four words. T.S.A.

20 posted on 03/30/2012 2:19:49 PM PDT by Walmartian (An update is available for this tagline. Click here to download.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

I bet it had something to do with his compensation. These limousine liberals want socialism for everyone else, greedy capitalism for themselves.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: EGPWS
Just where do you go from Current TV?
Well, being on Current TV takes hell out of the equation...good question!

Oprah's network? Might be a step up in ratings from Rosie.

22 posted on 03/30/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Brass, copper, lead. The new precious metals.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Al-Jazeera? Iranian/North Korean/Cuban/Syrian state media?

23 posted on 03/30/2012 2:23:18 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

My guess is HuffPo.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 2:23:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

25 posted on 03/30/2012 2:23:43 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

The man is simply unwatchable, even if you are a commie lib.


26 posted on 03/30/2012 2:23:43 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Hosting Family Feud?

27 posted on 03/30/2012 2:25:32 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: ml/nj

And Current TV replaces Olbermann with that grunge baby, Spitzer. ugh


28 posted on 03/30/2012 2:25:42 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

I see a “perfessor” job at some worthless and goofy “journalism” school in his future. He’ll probably teach a class on how to keep a straight face supporting the “occupy” fleabaggers while making 10 million dollars a year for 5 years.


29 posted on 03/30/2012 2:26:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Dear Current TV,

Contrary to your opinion about being an alternative to “corporate-controlled media,” I’d like to point out that Current TV is a corporation, which would, in fact, make Current TV “corporate-controlled media.”

Just because you produce on the cheap, have no expensive talent, and nobody watches you doesn’t change that fact.

Let’s face it—having a business model for a TV station for people who think MSNBC isn’t loony-left-wing-enough is no way to run a business.


30 posted on 03/30/2012 2:26:56 PM PDT by JeffChrz (How does an imaginary Constitutional right trump an actual Constitutional right?)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Just where do you go from Current TV?

I hear Kim Jong Eun is hiring in Pyongyang...


31 posted on 03/30/2012 2:28:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ml/nj

Note that he didn’t fulfill the contract terms, thus he didn’t get the $50 million. Probably nowhere near 1/5th of it even...

FIRED.


32 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

abc cbs nbc msnbc npr


33 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey "Unifier" and MSM: Demand Spike Lee apologize. OK check. Next?)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Politics, probably.

34 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:34 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Maybe Dan Rather is looking for an intern.


35 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:34 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: JeffChrz

I’m sure the University of Chicago can find a position for either in Davey Axelrod’s Institute for Corrupting Government or, maybe, starting an Institute on Preserving Honesty in Media for the Internet Age.


36 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:34 PM PDT by NHResident
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

I wonder who he raped?


37 posted on 03/30/2012 2:30:49 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

New York Slimes, assuming, he can plagiarize.

38 posted on 03/30/2012 2:31:49 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: JaguarXKE

Al Gore and Eliot Spitzer together. The jokes almost write themselves. Maybe they can go get a massage together and ask for a little extra.


39 posted on 03/30/2012 2:32:34 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Shortwave radio?

If he had half a brain, he'd try to get back into sports broadcasting. But, given his abrasive personality, he'd probably have to settle for being a local sports anchor somewhere.

40 posted on 03/30/2012 2:32:49 PM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Don’t let the door hit your back on the way out, you propaganda mongering bashibazook!


41 posted on 03/30/2012 2:32:58 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Schadenfreude!

Even the Mothership won’t take you back now, Olberdouchebag.


42 posted on 03/30/2012 2:33:20 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
"Just where do you go from Current TV?"

Well I hear OWN is looking for someone to replace Rosie O'Doughnut...

43 posted on 03/30/2012 2:33:32 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: bigbob
he didn’t get the $50 million

I know that. But the thought that anyone contemplated $50 mil for that @$$hole, even for a liftime contract, is absurd.

ML/NJ

44 posted on 03/30/2012 2:37:27 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Just where do you go from Current TV?

Doing infomercials for the Time-Life Disco collection?

45 posted on 03/30/2012 2:38:34 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: for-q-clinton
Maybe he can find work in Canada?

Maybe Michael Moore or Oprah has a job for him? Is Al Gore looking for someone to check on polar bear numbers this year? Is he good at dismantling solar companies? How about car sales (Chevy Volt comes to mind)?

46 posted on 03/30/2012 2:41:14 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: for-q-clinton
Maybe he can find work in Canada?

He would make for an interesting Zoo exhibit.
47 posted on 03/30/2012 2:41:31 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: IbJensen

“They should have hired the horse-faced Mr. Ed.”

Eh...that’s not the part of the horse’s anatomy he resembles.


48 posted on 03/30/2012 2:41:44 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Is he on suicide watch yet?


49 posted on 03/30/2012 2:43:12 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: MamaDearest

Or maybe 0bama will create a new czar postion?


50 posted on 03/30/2012 2:43:18 PM PDT by azishot
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