I hate Keith Olbermann, but only because I have seen his show. Over the 8 years that Countdown aired on MSNBC (which I also hate) Olbermann spewed bile and lobbed unsubstantiated charges at pretty much anyone not on the DNC’s Christmas card list. He got into fights with Bill O’Reily (whom I also hate), his twin brother from the parallel universe of Fox News (which I also hate), and brought in fairly good ratings as one of the more angry Liberals on television. Daily, Olbermann would look smugly into the camera and in that condescending tone that made him semi famous and unemployed by ESPN all those many years ago, declare someone for some reason “The Worst Person in the World”
Proving that journalism was the last thing on his mind and finding it more difficult to stay atop the ratings pile with a Democrat as president, Olbermann decided rather than betray his adoration for President Obama and comment on his administration’s mistakes and shortcomings (I’m looking at you Joe Biden…whom I also hate) he would instead leave MSNBC.
Olbermann landed at Current TV the brain child of Al Gore (whom I would hate if he had ever been relevant) and other guilty rich men. Current TV is openly progressive and strives to “shine a light where other networks won’t dare and boldly explores provocative subjects”.
As a host, Olbermann has always done whatever he pleased with no filter or standard on his show. He made all editorial decisions and had final say over guests and how much he would let them speak. When he did not get his way he would hold out, threaten to not go on, and insist that Rachel Maddow (whom I…oh you get the idea) change her hair style because only one of them could have it. While that last one may not be true, the rest of the list is the Olbermann SOP and is widely and publicly discussed by his former employers.
So earlier this year when Olbermann refused to cover the Gop Primary season until certain undisclosed technical issues on his show were resolved, no one was really surprised. Well except for Captain Planet and the self-loathing rich man’s club at Current TV. These issues could not be resolved and last week Olbermann and Current parted ways. Each issued statements blaming the other for the break- up of this partnership.
Al Gore said in his open letter to Current viewers:
“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.”
So Olbermann behaved in the way he always does and Current is somehow only now taking notice. Did they watch his show before paying through the nose for it to anchor their network?
Current TV did not buy a pig in a poke here. Olbermann is without a doubt always himself love or hate him (everyone remembers where I fall on this right?) Current tv has created a scenario in which I am forced to defend Keith Olbermann. You win universe.
As I was recovering from this thought, I was completely taken aback by the news of Olbermann’s replacment. Eliot Spitzer?! Really?! Where does he fall within the respect, openness, and loyalty to viewers? As you may recall, Eliot Spitzer was the former Governor of New York who resigned when it was discovered that he was, for lack of a better term, a huge whoremonger. That is progressive, right ladies?
Maybe Current will fire Spitzer after auditing his expense accounts. Maybe then they will hire Garfield the Cat and fire him for being lazy.