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When I announced Current firing Keith Olbermann, I described my disappointment and what I planned on doing about it.
I'm disappointed but not terribly surprised. I've been a fan of Keith's since he was the sports anchor for KTLA TV 5 in Los Angeles almost 25 years ago, which means I remember when the station fired him after less than a year. Therefore, his being let go from Current is just par for the course, although I'd been hoping he'd last longer than he did. As for what this means to me, my wife and I switched from cable to Direct TV just so we could watch Current. Now that Olbermann is no longer working for the station, we have no reason to renew our contract. After it expires, we will go back to the cable company.
Something happened this week that might just mean we'll keep Direct TV; a new Al Jazeera America will take over Current's slot.
Building on the international success of Al Jazeera network and its international channel Al Jazeera English - the purchase of Current TV opens the way for the new Al Jazeera America. It's expected that the channel will be available in more than 40 million homes across the US. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.
As for what this might mean, I'll let PBS explain.
In an attempt to reach a larger American audience, Al Jazeera English announced plans to purchase cable channel Current TV, first started by former Vice President Al Gore. Ray Suarez talks to Al Jazeera executive producer Robert Wheelock about the Qatar government-owned news organization's move and challenges going forward.
I'm looking forward to watching Al Jazeera America, if nothing else than for the same reason I used to watch CBC before I got cable/satellite, listen to the BBC World Service on NPR. and subscribe to Al Jazeera English, BBC, and RT America on YouTube--news from a different perspective than what I get in from the U.S. services.
I also have another reason to look forward to Al Jazeera America, one that has much more basis in hope than in fact--the return of Keith Olbermann to my TV screen. That's not impossible, as Forbes reported last October that Keith very much wants to work again.
Think Keith Olbermann has burned his last bridge in the television business? He doesn’t think so.
Seven months after he got dismissed by Current TV, the temperamental host is aggressively job-shopping, and he’s not being too picky about it.
In recent weeks, Olbermann has reached out to executives at a slew of different networks to communicate his desire for a new on-air role, according to people with knowledge of those conversations. Those include both cable outlets and at least one broadcast network.
Over at the New York Magazine entry on the topic, a bunch of the readers left their suggestions for what Keith could do, including me.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Al Jazeera English or, better yet, Russia Today America. RT America loves troublemakers.
This might be the perfect opportunity for both Al Jazeera America and Keith Olbermann. For Al Jazeera, it would get a broadcaster with instant name recognition. For Keith, not only would he be working again for a channel that would be a lightning rod for attention, it would also give him an opportunity to have a good laugh at his old employers, who he mocked serverely just after he was shown the door.
I can see three flies in the ointment that might prevent this happening. The first is Keith's notorious reputation as a prima donna; Al Jazeera might not want that. The second is whether Keith would be interested in working for a TV channel owned by a foreign government; it's why I think he'd have even worse trouble with RT America, even though I think the channel would be a good fit for him otherwise. Can you imagine how much of a temptation Keith would have to twit Vladimir Putin, the most interesting man in the world? I don't think he could resist. Finally, I don't know if Al Jazeera became a party to the lawsuit, too, and I don't have time to find out tonight, either. If they did, then they might have inherited the bad blood, too. On the other hand, it might be a good way to settle it. We'll see.
Here's to hoping!When I announced Current firing Keith Olbermann, I described my disappointment and... more
Who did not see this train-wreck coming. It was pretty clear from watching this wipe on msdnc that he is a loose cannon. I wonder why Current thought for a second that more people would want to watch Keith Olbermann?Who did not see this train-wreck coming. It was pretty clear from watching this wipe... more
Consider how the Right Wing will compare Keith's 2nd departure to Glen Beck's departures; when they couldn't be further from the truth. Keith has 'honest intelligence and integrity', whereas Beck, does not. Keith was certainly not losing sponsors, whereas Beck and Limbaugh are. Denying Progressives, Olbermann, for the reasons, cited, so far; is pathetic by comparison.Consider how the Right Wing will compare Keith's 2nd departure to Glen... more
The only reason I switched to Dish TV from Cable was to be able to see Countdown with Keith Olbermann. I regret that decision tonight. Sometimes having a problem child on payroll is worth having if that problem child is getting people to recognize the network in the first place. Eyeballs = $. As of 5 pm Pacific time tonight my eyeballs will be elsewhere.The only reason I switched to Dish TV from Cable was to be able to see Countdown with... more
I followed Keith to current and I love his show except for the fact I hate watching it. Let me explain, I feel like I'm watching public access. You have to get some HD cameras for Gods sake and how about a nice BIG bright high tech set!?? If you want to run with the big boys you damn well better look like it. I don't know how much more I can take. Thank you.I followed Keith to current and I love his show except for the fact I hate watching... more
On Countdown tonight, Josh Shepherd read text from Scott Olsen that urged the Occupy Wall Street protesters to keep their success and stay non-violent in the face of police brutality.
Here is the video:
Host Keith Olbermann asked Navy vet and friend of Scott Olsen, Josh Shepherd how Olsen was doing. Shepherd answered by reading the most recent text that he got from Olsen, “So he says what kind of pie, which goes along occupy. I see the success there. Keep it up. Non-violent in the face of police brutality.”
Later, Olbermann asked Shepherd how he feels about right wing critics who doubt the legitimacy of the veterans at the Occupy protests. Shepherd said, “Well, you know, they’re free to say that. It’s insulting a little bit, but I think it’s very easy to say. You know, I hate to generalize, but I’m sure a lot of people who are disputing this stuff have not served, and you know like now our numbers are getting stronger and stronger as veterans lending our voices to the movement. It’s harder and harder to deny.”
What is amazing is that even after his skull was fractured by Oakland Police, Scott Olsen continues to urge non-violence. From his hospital bed, Olsen appears to understand that violence is what those who are trying to discredit and destroy this movement want. Occupy Wall Street is winning because they have not turned off the American people by using violence. Protesters all across the country have done a good job at not taking the bait, when some members of law enforcement appeared to be trying to provoke a violent reaction from the crowd.
Mr. Shepherd did not want to generalize, but it is a pretty safe bet that many of the people who are smearing Olsen and the veterans who have joined the Occupy protests have never served their country. It is clear that the right is trying to swift boat the veterans who are supporting Occupy Wall Street. It is ironic that most of the people who are carrying out these attacks have probably never served their country.
I suspect that if all other methods to kill the momentum of these protests continue to fail, violence will become more common. If this becomes the case, all the protesters would be wise to remember the advice of Scott Olsen and stay non-violent in the face of police brutality.On Countdown tonight, Josh Shepherd read text from Scott Olsen that urged the Occupy... more
The most important thing about this story, other than the sleazy slimeball tactics of the Baltimore Sun's "TV Critic" David Zurawik, is my creation of a new word. "Ideoblogue." Enjoy.
http://www.examiner.com/node/38882056/friends_familyThe most important thing about this story, other than the sleazy slimeball tactics of... more
News Desk August 29, 2011 12:22
UN warns of new bird flu strain in Asia
The UN says bird flu is showing signs of returning, and a new strain of H5N1 avian influenza found in Asia can apparently sidestep existing vaccines.
UN says the new strain of bird flu can apparently sidestep existing vaccines.
The UN is calling for countries to adopt "heightened readiness and surveillance" against a resurgence of the bird flu virus
Bird flu  is showing signs of returning, and a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus could be spreading in Asia, the United Nations has warned.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization issued a warning Monday that a mutant strain of bird flu  could be spreading to previous virus-free countries by wild bird migrations, CBS News reports.
The FAO says the new strain can apparently dodge existing avian influenza vaccines, and is spreading in China and Vietnam. The organization urged greater surveillance of outbreaks, CBS News says.
More bird flu news from GlobalPost in China: Kentucky fried bird flu? 
Most of north and central Vietnam, where bird flu  is endemic, have been invaded by the mutant strain, according to the FAO. The risk to humans cannot yet be predicted, health officials told the BBC.
The FAO is calling for countries to adopt "heightened readiness and surveillance" against a resurgence of the virus, the BBC says.
Bird flu has also remained endemic in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India and Indonesia, but was eliminated from most of the 63 countries infected at its peak in 2006, CBS News says.
The FAO says wild bird migrations over the past two years have brought the H5N1 avian influenza to countries that were previously virus-free, including Israel, the Palestinian territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia.
Bird flu is found in both wild birds and domestic birds such as chickens and ducks, and can spread to people who have close contact with infected birds, although not by eating poultry or eggs that have been properly cooked.
"Wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it," the UN agency's chief veterinary officer, Juan Lubroth, said in a statement.
"The general departure from the progressive decline in 2004-2008 could mean that there will be a flare-up of H5N1 this fall and winter, with people unexpectedly finding the virus in their backyard," Lubroth said.
The World Health Organization reported last week that a 6-year-old Cambodian girl had died from bird flu, the eighth person to die from the H5N1 virus this year in Cambodia.
The WHO says bird flu has killed 331 people globally since 2003 when it was first detected.News Desk August 29, 2011 12:22 Override Title: UN warns of new bird flu strain... more
NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Current TV has had a busy few weeks between the departure of its previous CEO and the creation of the position of president, but excitement among its viewership has not mirrored the bustle within the network's offices.
"Countdown With Keith Olbermann," the cornerstone of its new politics-focused slate, saw its ratings dip to a new low last week in the most important demo -- adults between the ages of 25 and 54.
Overall viewership was up over the prior week, but ratings have not sniffed the levels of Olbermann's debut frame, when he drew an average of 354,000 viewers and 131,000 in the demo. The numbers for last week were 208,000 overall and 85,000 in the demo.
http://news.yahoo.com/keith-olbermanns-current-tv-ratings-drop-low-224530129.htmlNEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Current TV has had a busy few weeks between the departure of... more
Stop by and post comments about tonight's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
You can get a head start on Monday July 4th's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Keith announced on Fridays' show that he will be reading Sarah Palin's emails in poem form. Below are a few links to some external sites with some of her emails, See if you can come up with some of your own poems before Monday's show. Maybe he'll read some of them from something at Current TV known as "THE COMMUNITY."
Use the Storymaker software from Bar Karma and add pictures to your poems as well.
When you have finished your Sarah Palin inspired poem on Storymaker post the link to this page.
Here is a link to the Storymaker Software- http://current.com/studios/storymaker/explore-storymaker/
Here's an example of something I did in Storymaker a few months ago- http://current.com/studios/storymaker/explore-storymaker/93102706_explore-storymaker-a-pitch-from-punman.htm
Here are a few links of Sarah Palin emails.
http://www.newser.com/story/121585/sarah-palins-emails-make-for-marvelous-poetry.htmlYou can get a head start on Monday July 4th's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.... more
As always, (It feels so good to be able to use the word "ALWAYS" once again concerning Keith) Keith Olbermann delivered an emotional Special Comment last night. As I listened with tears welling up, (along with a silent roar of laughter at Olbermann's astonishing wit and sarcasm) I thought to myself, it's so good to have you back on the air.
For years, in the past I had sat in front of my TV with tears flowing down my face during one of Keith’s dissertations about some human topic or event concerning the strength or despair of the "human condition" (Pure Theatre of the Absurd is what I like to call it). These comments of hope (or anger) helped diminish my cynicism just a little and made me believe there was perhaps hope for us tragic human creatures. But always these feelings of encouragement were short lived because some other psychopathic saga (usually of a political nature) would come down the pike, bringing with it a puff of (GOP) gloom.
Please watch Keith Olbermann's special comment of June 23, 2011 but have a tissue handy.
Then maybe you might like to read the very (unfortunately) accurate descriptive reality from the article below... The Rise of the Second-String Psychopaths BY David Schwartz.
Will life ever have a silver lining as the song "Look for a Silver Lining" suggests? I hope so but I'm not too enthusiastic about it, but as long as Keith Olbermann stays on the air, I will have a resource to help get me through this journey called LIFE (in one --whole stable mental-- piece). thinkingblue http://www.thethinkingblue.com/psychopathsilverlining.htmlAs always, (It feels so good to be able to use the word "ALWAYS" once again... more
Within hours after Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress, former MSNBC gabber Keith Olbermann suggested he may hire the soon-to-be-former New York lawmaker for a talk show on former Vice President Al Gore's fledgling television network, Current TV.
Olbermann, appearing on comedian Jimmy Fallon's late night television program Thursday night, was asked how long he thinks it would be before rival network CNN created a show for Weiner.
"Well, you know, I've got a nine o'clock show that I am probably going to hire somebody for," Olbermann told Fallon, referring to the space immediately after his upcoming new show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV.
Fallon asked Olbermann if would hire Weiner.
"Eliot Spitzer is doing okay on CNN at eight o'clock," Olbermann replied with a smile.
Olbermann is likely just drawing attention for his own show, the first episode of which airs at eight o'clock on Monday, June 20.
Don't expect a show right away. Weiner announced his resignation on Thursday, but did not actually resign.
The earliest his resignation could become official is Tuesday, when the House of Representatives returns for business. And each day he delays, his pension grows.
The National Taxpayers Union, a Virginia-based group that advocates for lower taxes and smaller government estimated Weiner could receive a total retirement payment somewhere between $1.12 million and $1.28 million, depending on when he begins collecting checks.Within hours after Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress, former... more
I asked this question about a month ago as its easier for to listen to the podcast at work than watch it at home. Here's the reply I finally received today:
"Regina, an employee of Current, replied to Podcast for Keith Olbermann's show, a question about Current.
There will not be audio or video podcasts of Countdown available for download. However, there will be a selection of clips available from each episode at www.current/Countdown.com as well as on sites like Hulu and You Tube. However, in order to get the full viewing experience of Keith’s new show, we encourage you to watch the channel via your cable or satellite provider. If your provider doesn’t carry Current, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Countdo... to request Keith today, so you can watch his show in full on Current. "
Kinda' sucksI asked this question about a month ago as its easier for to listen to the podcast at... more
The Announcement Has Been Made!
The 'Social Network' director wants Daniels to play a prominent news anchor in his new series, 'More As the Story Develops'
Veteran actor Jeff Daniels is currently in talks to star in Aaron Sorkin's new HBO pilot, tentatively titled More As the Story Develops.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is set behind the scenes of a nightly cable news show and will follow a similar format to Sorkin's previous shows, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Sports Night.
Deadline reports that if all goes according to plan, Daniels will play news anchor Will McCallister, a famous television figure with Anderson Cooper- or Brian Williams-like prominence. He is intelligent and talented, but also happens to be very difficult to work with.
To learn more about the world he plans to recreate, Sorkin has recently spent time with newsmen Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Sorkin's new project will be his first for cable television, as all of his previous television shows -- Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 -- aired on broadcast networks.
http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/jeff-daniels-talks-lead-role-aaron-sorkins-hbo-pilot-03-21-20113/22/2011 Yoni Kaufman The 'Social Network' director wants Daniels to... more
Feb. 17, 2011
With so many TV shows from The Good Wife to 30 Rock taking recent shots at Aaron Sorkin, we almost forgot about Sorkin's own TV-tackling show, an HBO pilot he wrote about the Keith Olbermann–like host of a cable news channel.
The Daily got its hands on the still-untitled script, which Sorkin researched by spending time with Olbermann before the newsman ditched MSNBC for Current; here, the Olbermann stand-in is named "Will McAllister," and he's a network-taunting liberal who likes the ladies.
In fact, the show opens with McAllister returning from a sexy St. Lucia vacation with ESPN's Erin Andrews, only to find — in a twist that will surprise no one who has watched an Aaron Sorkin show before — that his show's new executive producer is his former love Mackensie McHale. (Apparently, this pilot will have more grunted "Macs" and "Mcs" than a dinner rush at McDonald's.) [Daily]Feb. 17, 2011 With so many TV shows from The Good Wife to 30 Rock taking recent... more
“Keith Olbermann” Found Shilling Maybelline Products At CPAC