Category Archives: Countdown

Olbermann is out at CurrenTV

This is kind of sad. I like Keith, but there was something missing from his new show. It wasn’t must-watch TV. I don’t know what happened. I’m not sure that anyone has announced the “official word.” Keith Olbermann has been somewhat volatile and temperamental. I’m sorry. Eliot Spitzer is a very smart man indeed, but he ain’t Keith. Keith understands television.

From TPM:

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 Governor 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 Governor 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 voice is 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

Worst Person in the World

Why is it that some Republicans try to out-hate everybody? It’s not that they have cornered the market on hate. That would be an overstatement. Instead, there are some who seem to go out of their way to be nasty, testy and downright anti-American. Mike O’Neal, a Kansas legislator, sent out an e-mail that basically said that he hoped that Obama’s children and wife would be fatherless and husbandless. What the heck this this about???? (He sent Psalm 109, which states in verses 7-9, “When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”)

Donald Ainsworth just appears to be an old curmudgeon who has knee-jerk reactions when he hears things. Unfortunately, he drives for Greyhound and kicked 13 people off the bus because they were “associated with” the Occupy movement. As far as I know, they weren’t being disruptive and didn’t violate any of the Greyhound rules. I don’t get it. I guess this is why he was labeled the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is on now.

  • Keith starts with Libya. It is interesting that he started with this topic. Whether you like our action in Libya or not, you must admit that we should have the debate. The Obama administration is trying to avoid the debate. I have argued that we don’t have debate in this country any more.
  • First Guest – Michael Moore
  • His second story was on the Supreme Court throwing out a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. (good analysis here) He then discusses Justice Clarence Thomas’ conflict of interest with him and his wife receiving money and expensive gifts. I can’t stand Clarence Thomas. I’m very biased against him and therefore, I don’t like to talk about him. He makes me nauseated. Anyway, Keith brings back John Dean to discuss these issues!!
  • Worst Persons in the World is back!

I have nothing against Lawrence O’Donnell. I think that he is very knowledgeable. He simply isn’t compelling TV. I want someone with a little bit of an edge. Keith has that edge.