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Al Gore's Desperate Bid to Keep Keith Olbermann—and Save Current TV
The Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2012 | by Rebecca Dana

Posted on 02/07/2012 5:24:13 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

The former VP’s Current TV is struggling to catch on—and he nearly lost star anchor Keith Olbermann after a breakdown in negotiations in November.

It was early November when tensions between Keith Olbermann and Al Gore escalated into a crisis at Current TV. There had been a short honeymoon after Gore, the channel’s co-owner, had handed the notoriously temperamental anchor a reported $10 million salary and equity stake in February of last year, but the relationship soured quickly.

Accustomed to the flashy graphics and slick broadcasts of MSNBC, Olbermann balked at the cheap sets and lo-fi production values at the scrappy Current. Ensconced in his New York office, the star ignored emails from the network’s West Coast executives. He wanted them to invest more on the technical side, and he wanted more authority in other areas of the network, including personnel decisions. He was also upset about his car service. Gore and his partners had shelled out for a star; now, it seemed, the star owned them.

By November, network executives were exhausted by his antics, according to a source familiar with the inner workings of Current. Olbermann was implacable. Executives feared an ugly, public fight.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algore; olbermann; riskyscheme; runslikeagirl


1 posted on 02/07/2012 5:24:26 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh my GOd. A honeymoon between Al Gore and Keith Olbermann.
MY EYES!

This should be rated XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Two leftist assholes on a honeymoon. That’s the end of civilization as we know it.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 5:28:29 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Olberfart is their STAR anchor? hahahahahahahaha

Who sees Current TV?
I have never seen it, and just barely heard of it.
Is it just a cable channel? one of 99 or more?


3 posted on 02/07/2012 5:30:12 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Save current TV from WHAT?

I've tried to find it (just to see what it's all about) with no luck. Is it just a cult thingie for mushy GW believers?

4 posted on 02/07/2012 5:31:34 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Absolutely, morons to waste that kind of money on a no- choice desperate over the hill Olbermann. Only time I ever watched Current TV was a live webcam of Burning Man a few years ago. They did a nice job by doing nothing.
5 posted on 02/07/2012 5:34:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...tensions between Keith Olbermann and...

...whoever he meets.

6 posted on 02/07/2012 5:34:24 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If you take the time to read the article it really is a good look into the twisted psyche of the left. Hysteria, paranoia, feelings of superiority and epic failure all rolled into one.


7 posted on 02/07/2012 5:35:28 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
The former VP’s Current TV is struggling to catch on...

I've been assiduously avoiding watching, or even stopping on, anything to do with grifter Gore.

That means passing up Bar Karma, which may have been an interesting show, save for it being GoreTV.

8 posted on 02/07/2012 5:35:51 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: AlexW

Current us available here on cable, but in a premier or deluxe package. No way would I shell out a hundred more a month for this trash.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 5:35:51 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Al is competing in a pretty crowded field.
All the MSM is spouting the same talking points.
Same reason AirAmerica failed.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 5:36:58 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Accustomed to the flashy graphics and slick broadcasts of MSNBC, Olbermann balked at the cheap sets and lo-fi production values at the scrappy Current. Ensconced in his New York office, the star ignored emails from the network’s West Coast executives. He wanted them to invest more on the technical side, and he wanted more authority in other areas of the network, including personnel decisions. He was also upset about his car service. Gore and his partners had shelled out for a star; now, it seemed, the star owned them.

This reads like comedy.
11 posted on 02/07/2012 5:39:04 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

does anyone really understand how low the ratings are for this crap of a TV channel?


12 posted on 02/07/2012 5:47:54 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Should I put CurrentTV on my Dead Pool 2012 list?


13 posted on 02/07/2012 5:48:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Oldeconomybuyer.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 5:49:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
he nearly lost star anchor Keith Olbermann

There is no way this woman, Rebecca Dana, wrote the article without laughing her a** off.

15 posted on 02/07/2012 5:51:53 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Baynative; abb

its already been saved from.... an audience

lol


16 posted on 02/07/2012 5:52:22 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

They deserve each other.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 5:56:31 PM PST by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So I guess Al - Elmer Gantry - Gore isn’t doing well when he can’t dip his paw into the government trough....or use his position as a “public servant” as leverage.

It disgusts me that any of them have this much money to throw around but at least Olbermann is making his money the old fashioned way...by screwing someone out of their personal money.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 5:57:13 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...Executives feared an ugly, public fight.

The prospects were potentially ruinous for Current...

Who would know? Who would care? Olbermann throws a tantrum everywhere he goes...so what?

I read the entire article and this is but one example of the cluelessness of the people involved in this venture.

HEY!!!! I KNOW!!!! Let's start a liberal news network...nobody's ever done that before!!!

Idiots with money...

19 posted on 02/07/2012 5:58:12 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I tried to read the article. About 1/3 of the way through I stopped caring.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 5:59:01 PM PST by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This would be funny except the deep feeling that somehow, some way, this money came from me.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 6:12:21 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
An equity share in Current TV? Is that like the sound of one hand clapping?
22 posted on 02/07/2012 6:19:28 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
GORE_Creds
23 posted on 02/07/2012 6:25:04 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

These fools deserve each other. How’d you like to algore’s Current business partner on this deal?

Could retire easy if could buy them for what they are really worth an sell em for what they think they’re worth.


24 posted on 02/07/2012 6:30:30 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: Aria
So I guess Al - Elmer Gantry - Gore isn’t doing well when he can’t dip his paw into the government trough....or use his position as a “public servant” as leverage.

Does anybody know who algore is boffing now that Tipper has scrammed?

25 posted on 02/07/2012 6:39:09 PM PST by immadashell
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To: immadashell

What a disgusting thought...to have that huffing puffing sweating thing drooling over you...ICK!


26 posted on 02/07/2012 6:42:34 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Aria
"... but at least Olbermann is making his money the old fashioned way...by screwing someone out of their personal money."

It's so hilarious. Olbermann screwing Al Gore out of ten million bucks. The greed and stupidity of liberals is astounding to behold. I hope greedy Olbermann keeps sweet talking more idiot liberals into wasting their money on his worthless, talentless ass.

27 posted on 02/07/2012 6:46:03 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Who would care?

Those types with their own $$$ in play.

Olbermann throws a tantrum everywhere he goes...so what?

One does have to wonder what disposable income bracket Olbermann appeals to, or what influential segment.

From what little I've seen of him, I can get better and more accurate information, not to mention more enjoyment, watching paint dry.

28 posted on 02/07/2012 6:54:50 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So is AlGore now the worst person in the world?


29 posted on 02/07/2012 6:57:53 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Presented with this account, Current president David Bohrman told Newsweek, “Keith is a unique guy.”

Translation: "Keith is prima donna jacka$$ who is not worth anywhere near what we're paying him, and we wish we had never met him."

30 posted on 02/07/2012 7:18:52 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Poison Pill
You really should keep reading. This stuff is comedy gold.

Bohrman is now rushing to develop a morning show that could provide a liberal alternative to Morning Joe, which Current executives view as an essentially conservative broadcast.

* * * *

Though he’s a ghost in Current’s West Coast offices, [Olberman's] spirit suffuses the place. Uygur, who considers him a mentor, describes MSNBC as “the house Olbermann built.” Granholm calls him “the Walt Whitman of political writing.”

* * * *

“The right wing is so much better organized, they’re machines, they’re robots,” says Uygur. And mainstream media are terrified of them. “It’s like, ‘Oh, my God, if I tell people facts, the Republicans will yell at me,’” he says.

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But perhaps the largest gamble is Olbermann himself. Unafraid of conflict on the air, or off, the anchor has a legendary temper. He was caustic and persnickety, former colleagues say. One news report holds that staffers at MSNBC had to communicate with him through a mailbox outside his office.

That reputation has continued at Current TV. Gore and Hyatt managed to placate Olbermann enough in November to prevent him from leaving, but theirs is hardly a close working relationship. Following that episode, the anchor failed to respond to emails from others at the network about plans to cover the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, according to a network source, and so Bohrman was forced to plan around him. . . When the coverage of Iowa and New Hampshire did air, it featured Uygur and Granholm anchoring alongside Gore himself.

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Gore, ever politic, presses on. “Keith is fulfilling exactly the role that I had hoped for,” he told Newsweek in an email interview.

31 posted on 02/07/2012 7:34:26 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

It is a damn shame that neither Gore and Olberman are not gay.


32 posted on 02/07/2012 7:59:53 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Pretty funny that Algore is pinning the success of his puny network on one of the biggest liberal divas in the US.


33 posted on 02/07/2012 9:13:34 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

These two All-Stars of Humanity, so good at telling the rest of us how to live our lives and be friends with all mankind, can’t even get along with each other - what jokes.....


34 posted on 02/07/2012 9:28:29 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Huntress
It has the makings of anentertaining sit-com.

And it could all have a happy ending.

Total failure...

35 posted on 02/07/2012 9:41:12 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Aria

Exactly!


36 posted on 02/07/2012 9:53:48 PM PST by immadashell
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To: Baynative
"Almost lost Olbermann."

That's a bad thing?

37 posted on 02/07/2012 10:59:12 PM PST by CT (Make Mine Newt)
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To: Huntress
Morning Joe is an essentially conservative broadcast? The cohost repeats Obama talking points daily. Barnicle is your standard Boston liberal. Donnie Deutsch loathes conservatives. Steve Rattner, ex Obama czar, is regularly on and referred to as MSNBC economic analyst. Toss in Tina Brown, Al Sharpton, Carl Bernstein and Jon Meachem as regulars as well.

This explains how bats#!t crazy the left is when that show is referred to as essentially conservative.
38 posted on 02/08/2012 7:32:31 AM PST by StevieRay20
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