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Current TV fires Keith Olbermann, announces that Eliot Spitzer will join its lineup
Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate ^ | March 30, 2012 | Andrew

Posted on 03/31/2012 12:15:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Current TV, the progressive cable network founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, announced minutes ago that it has fired Keith Olbermann, its best-known personality and chief news officer. As is often the case when media companies decide to part ways with a host, Olbermann’s dismissal is effective immediately – he won’t be given a chance to sign off or host a farewell show.

Current’s cofounders published a letter to viewers announcing their decision.

To the Viewers of Current:

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.

We are moving ahead by honoring Current’s values. Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily — especially now, during the presidential election campaign. Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.

As we move toward this summer’s political conventions and the general election in the fall, Current is making significant new additions to our broadcasts. We have just debuted six hours of new programming each weekday with Bill Press (“Full Court Press” at 6 am ET/3 am PT) and Stephanie Miller (“Talking Liberally” at 9 am ET/6 pm PT).

We’re very excited to announce that beginning tonight, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Eliot is a veteran public servant and an astute observer of the issues of the day. He has important opinions and insights and he relishes the kind of constructive discourse that our viewers will appreciate this election year. We are confident that our viewers will be able to count on Gov. Spitzer to deliver critical information on a daily basis.

All of these additions to Current’s lineup are aimed at achieving one simple goal — the goal that has always been central to Current’s mission: To tell stories no one else will tell, to speak truth to power, and to influence the conversation of democracy on behalf of those whose voices are too seldom heard. We, and everyone at Current, want to thank our viewers for their continued steadfast support.

Sincerely,

Al Gore & Joel Hyatt Current’s Founders

The New York Times, which broke the news of Olbermann’s ouster, reports that Current’s managers unanimously agreed that the network should fire him, indicating that the relationship had gone pretty far south.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time that Olbermann has been fired. His tenure at each of the other major networks he has worked at (MSNBC, Fox Sports Net, ESPN) ended in acrimony after tension between Olbermann and his bosses boiled over. Olbermann’s last gig, with MSNBC, lasted over half a decade, but his partnership with Current has now ended after less than a year.

Though we don’t know what happened behind the scenes at Current that led to the falling-out between Olbermann and Current TV leadership, it’s probably safe to conclude that Gore, Hyatt, and their executive team found Olbermann difficult to work with, and ultimately concluded the souring relationship was irreparable.

Within an hour of the publication of the open letter above, Olbermann had begun lashing out at Current on Twitter, and vowing a retaliatory lawsuit.

In a series of tweets, he wrote:

I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.

Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.

It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.

In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.

Several assertions in this statement strike us as odd.

First, Olbermann claims that “for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally.” But Olbermann’s deal with Current was only finalized in early February 2011.

If this claim is true, then it means Olbermann’s problems with Current began just about the millisecond the ink was dry on their contract – or not long after.

Olbermann is basically saying he never had a good relationship with Gore or Hyatt. Well, whose fault is that? It takes two to tango, but Olbermann has made a reputation for himself as being tough to work with. He’s been described as passionate onscreen and ill-tempered offscreen. He’s reportedly missed a lot of work lately, which precipitated his removal.

Second, Olbermann claims that he has “not [been] publicizing my complaints” with Current TV leadership. But that’s not true. Olbermann has talked on the record to entertainment industry reporters about his gripes with the network. Has Olbermann forgotten this story filed by The Hollywood Reporter?

Third, does Olbermann really expect us to believe he was ousted because Gore and Hyatt thought it would be more “economical” to get rid of him? Countdown was pulling in Current’s highest ratings. Earlier this month, Hyatt characterised Olbermann as “the big gun in our lineup” to the New York Times, and even described Current itself as “all on top of his shoulders”.

If Current thought they could depend on Olbermann, why would they axe him? Certainly not to save money. No competent network executive would sack its most valuable personality just to save a few bucks.

If Olbermann insisted on retaining control of the “Countdown” name and brand in the contract he signed with Current last year (MSNBC allowed him to take those marks with him when he left), it’s possible that the show will be continuing in some form on another network… though we wonder what television executive would want to take a chance on Olbermann now.

If Olbermann wants to continue to be a broadcaster, perhaps he should relaunch Countdown as an Internet television show. That way, he can be his own boss, and continue to discuss news, sports, and politics in his trademark style on his terms.

We remain excited about the future of Current TV even without Keith Olbermann. A network has to be bigger than one person or personality. To garner good ratings, it needs a compelling lineup. And Current has put together some good new shows, like The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. Time will tell if it can be competitive with more established news networks like MSNBC and CNN.


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KEYWORDS: algore; clientnumbernine; eliotspitzer; keitholbermann
Comedy gold!
1 posted on 03/31/2012 12:16:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LMAO - from bad (Olbermann)to worse (Spitzer)!

I see this being a very successful venture./s


2 posted on 03/31/2012 12:22:24 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

Olbermann is actually proud of the number of times he’s been fired.


3 posted on 03/31/2012 12:24:04 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

And he can be, at least until he’s broke.


4 posted on 03/31/2012 12:26:19 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: leapfrog0202
LMAO - from bad (Olbermann)to worse (Spitzer)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgacG2y4S70

5 posted on 03/31/2012 12:27:39 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 03/31/2012 1:40:53 AM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: leapfrog0202

7 posted on 03/31/2012 1:45:19 AM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The punchline of the day:

“Current seeks openness, respect and collegiality.”

This, of course, is reflected in their decision to hire Spitzer and retain Bill Press and Stephanie Miller.


8 posted on 03/31/2012 1:50:01 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

oh good let’s put Eliot Spitzer up there .. the guy who likes to slap around young hookers


9 posted on 03/31/2012 2:04:08 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nine reasons not to watch spitzer. No. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,...and

No. 9 is No. 9

10 posted on 03/31/2012 2:13:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure all seven viewers understood and supported the decision.


11 posted on 03/31/2012 2:31:11 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, I laughed and I laughed! Thanks for the chuckle, I needed it!


12 posted on 03/31/2012 2:38:16 AM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

Well, maybe he could slap Jennifer Granholm sillier than she already is.


13 posted on 03/31/2012 2:45:20 AM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism/Progressivism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars)
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To: ScottinVA

Out of curiosity.....who watches current TV? What....maybe thirty thousand people nation-wide?


14 posted on 03/31/2012 3:01:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

too funny this early in the morning.But on Keith’s side he can’t keep a job.


15 posted on 03/31/2012 3:05:33 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.

TRANSLATION: Olbermann is to vicious and ugly for the usual mask to do any good.


16 posted on 03/31/2012 3:06:07 AM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tough blow for Keith. At Current TV, he was probably making 50, maybe 60 bucks an hour!


17 posted on 03/31/2012 3:29:53 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: leapfrog0202

A couple of observations. How many people have we known who have been fired from job to job without ever thinking it could possibly be them? They always wonder why they seem to get so many bad bosses.
Also why do liberals always get to say they are “speaking truth to power” even when they are the ones in power? That gets very aggravating.


18 posted on 03/31/2012 3:44:19 AM PDT by Seabeejas (h)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Olbermann will be replaced with a weekly rotating schedule of “Channeling Stalin” with prison tat billboard Janeane Garfalo and “People’s Rational Insight Caucus (PRIC)” with Kim Jong Un.


19 posted on 03/31/2012 4:16:42 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once again the Left steps on a rake in the tall grass and once again the handle flies up to hit them in the face.


20 posted on 03/31/2012 4:17:12 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So current TV analyzed CNN’s mistake and determined Kathleen Parker was the problem?


21 posted on 03/31/2012 4:43:31 AM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eliot Spitizer. Ohmygod!!! How can I purchase this wonderful Current TV channel so that I may listen to the wisdom of Eliot Spitzer? I must pressure my local cable provider that I might hear the words of such a wondrous personage as the Spitz.


22 posted on 03/31/2012 4:47:47 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: CalvaryJohn

His contract...with 4 years left on it - $50 million.

Where did they (CurrentTV) get the money; AlGore’s VP embezzelment stash.


23 posted on 03/31/2012 5:07:50 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

24 posted on 03/31/2012 6:06:49 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

25 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:11 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

26 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:11 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

27 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:12 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

28 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

29 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

30 posted on 03/31/2012 6:07:37 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Awaiting the firestorm from Media Matters over the "intolerable treatment of womyn" by the new host in 5...4...3...

*crickets*

Cheers!

31 posted on 03/31/2012 6:08:27 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers
Sorry for the repeats. Computer glitch at the hotel I'm at.
32 posted on 03/31/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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The staff at Current TV should of known the powder keg they were hiring. Olbermann has, well....hmmmmmm.....how can I say this....”personal issues”.

He is, as they say in the business, “high maintenance”. Another way to put it, “Jewish American Princess”. The name Veruca Salt comes to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRTkCHE1sS4

While at ESPN and MSNBC (according to the trade blogs and rumors) Olbermann was a pain in the ass with his water cooler antics, petty tit-for-tat personality, abuse of sick time & vacation time and so on and so forth. At MSNBC, he was living off of his past glories, anti-Bush hit pieces, Palin rants but once the shtick got old he couldn’t/wouldn’t do the daily grind. The words TALENT and HARD WORK were not in his vocabulary.

Olbermann believes he is the center of the universe and thusly sets his own time-table, rules and agendas. MSNBC (and no doubt Current TV) got tired of it.

If I was a major media CEO, I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot pole.


33 posted on 03/31/2012 6:34:03 AM PDT by ak267
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And to add insult to injury, Olbermann’s Mom changed the locks on her basement doors.


34 posted on 03/31/2012 6:39:29 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Think anyone will notice the difference?


35 posted on 03/31/2012 9:59:27 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Liz
Wiener in the wings?

Report: Spitzer Tipped Off Escort Madam to Investigation

36 posted on 03/31/2012 2:26:02 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. This reminds me of "Bored of the Rings", a spoof of LOTR from Harvard Lampoon years ago. Instead of the town of Bree, they had "Scenic, Historic Whee", and on the sign a declining series of population numbers, larger ones crossed out, followed by "and still growing!" What a cavalcade of losers, starting with Gore himself.
37 posted on 03/31/2012 8:15:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; mickie; flaglady47; oswegodeee; seenenuf; Chigirl 26; ExTexasRedhead; Bizzy Bugz; ..
The exhuming of Eliot Spitzer
Makes me reach for a whiskey and spritzer
The only thing meaner
Would be Anthony Weiner
Replacing that commie Wolf Blitzer

Leni

38 posted on 03/31/2012 8:29:24 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

you crack me up! :)


39 posted on 04/01/2012 4:45:49 AM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: Seabeejas
Also why do liberals always get to say they are “speaking truth to power” even when they are the ones in power?

Bad cliche under the circumstances.

I think the "speaking truth to power" mob ought to contemplate the meaning of a very old saying, namely "A cat may look at a king."

40 posted on 04/01/2012 5:59:41 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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