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The former mslsd star and hope for the future of ALGORE"S Current TV boondoggle is amoungest the missing.

 

Here is come of the commentary in the NY Times Monday edition on the dust up at Current TV. It could better be described as Keith sitting in the corner and holding his breathe.

 

It was just six months ago that I wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine about the well-traveled anchor’s bold new partnership with Current TV, the low-rated liberal cable channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

 

I wondered how Current TV and the hot-headed Mr. Olbermann would get along, but back then, it was all hugs and hopeful rhetoric. At a Yankees game I attended with Mr. Olbermann, he said he was looking forward to working at a place where he would hold the title of chief news officer and where the corporate meddling would be at a minimum. Mr. Gore was similarly upbeat in a phone conversation for the article.

 

“Yes, he is a piece of work in all that that implies, but I have read all kinds of things about him and the Keith Olbermann I know is a good friend, extremely intelligent and uniformly positive,” Mr. Gore told me, adding, “The relationship is way more textured than owners and an employee. We are partners and friends, and this will be the first time that he has been an equity participant and co-owner of a channel that he works at.”

 

That didn’t seem to count for much on Tuesday night when Mr. Gore found himself participating in Current TV’s coverage of the Iowa caucuses while Mr. Olbermann was nowhere in sight. Without the star power of Mr. Olbermann and the trappings of a well-financed news outfit, the former vice president looked as if he were trapped in the studio of a midsize public access station.

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Olbermann refused to participate in any programming outside the parameters of his regularly scheduled “Countdown,” a show where he has all but taken himself hostage by broadcasting against a black backdrop. The motif scans as a running protest against the technical problems at the channel, with a candle lit to mark the start of the vigil. That nice, gooey start-up rhetoric now seems very far away.

 

Mr. Olbermann did excellent on-air work for CNN, Fox, ESPN, and MSNBC, but that never stopped him from burning bridges faster than they could be built. It rarely ended well in spite of his skills.

 

As it turned out, past performance was a good predictor of results going forward. Current executives have been reduced to communicating with their biggest talent through his manager and lawyer, with both sides working the media to get their story out. By creating drama in yet another high-profile assignment, Mr. Olbermann could be running out of options, but don’t bet the house on that, given how desperate cable channels are for anyone who can generate ratings, never mind the rough edges.

 

Having worked for big, moneyed cable outfits in the past, Mr. Olbermann was clearly disappointed in the deep technical problems at Current TV, a cable news start-up that had trouble producing live news programming, including “Countdown,” his 8 p.m. show. He declined to lead the channel’s special political coverage until those problems were resolved, but Current TV officials called his bluff and went ahead without him, pre-empting his show in the process. It was a game of chicken in which everybody ended up with egg on their faces.

 

The impasse has been remarkable to behold, even if few people are watching. Mr. Olbermann, who is reportedly being paid $50 million over the course of a five-year contract, had more than a million viewers when he left at MSNBC at the start of last year, but in the most recent ratings period, he was reaching just 200,000 people a night at Current TV, according to Nielsen. He’s been very disappointed in those numbers, and the fact that the channel has hired talent and built out capacity on the West Coast without his input. After a summer of production problems that never seemed to be resolved, a power failure darkened his studio last month. He responded by sitting in the dark.

 

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The arrogance of the media elite is absolutely mind boggling. I'm sure Olberman is extremely well paid for his 'work', and likely overpaid considering his ultra-low ratings. Yet, he still insists on being a prima donna, and a prime example of 'progressives' behaving badly. This dimwit should hit his knees every night, and thank his ersatz deity's, Marx, Lenin, Pol Pot, et al, that he even has work & a job. :dismay:

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The way it sounds, he might not be working much longer.

I couldn't find the Current channel in my guide, and thought Olbermann was on an island somewhere enjoying his hard earned money.

 

I hope none of my cable bill is going to Mr Olberman's $10,000,000.00 salary.

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Fun to see another marxist bloviator going down in flames. Where in the world do you get Current? I never even heard of it. Algore the Psycho is failing again though from what I read, it hasn't stopped him getting rich of the MM Global Warming Rubes.

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There is no money to be made trying to market to a Partisan left wing audience.....

 

the left simply won't consume talking points like the right does.

 

Really? I attribute it to the fact that Lefties are so despicable and hateful they can't even stand each other.

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Really? I attribute it to the fact that Lefties are so despicable and hateful they can't even stand each other.

 

donnie thats a lefty talkingpoint.....our media shows fail cuz were too smart for them......;)

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I'd rather watch scrambled test patterns than watch MSNBC or Current.

 

The reverse racist crowd at MSDNC are cackling with glee over 'racist' Pat Buchanan's 'suspension' there. Seems they wish to wipe out any vestige of conservative thought over there. 'Lean forward', my achin' ass. :dismay:

 

 

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The reverse racist crowd at MSDNC are cackling with glee over 'racist' Pat Buchanan's 'suspension' there. Seems they wish to wipe out any vestige of conservative thought over there. 'Lean forward', my achin' ass. :dismay:

 

It is a leftist station so it shouldn't be "Lean Forward", it should be "Bend Over."

 

Leftist stations fail because they are uniformly humorless, crisis oriented, pessamistic and pompus all at once. Who the hell can listen to that s-----?

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