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THIS is how you burn a bridge.

A copy of Keith's complaint is embedded in the link - it really is worth a read. If I had to guess, I would say that Keith himself composed the factual background listed at the beginning of the complaint, as well as the General Allegations section; they are downright seething, but with a touch of humor too (spoiler alert: there is an Al Gore internet joke in the complaint!).

Current has a fairly funny press release in response to Keith's lawsuit:

Current terminated Keith Olbermann last Thursday for serial, material breaches of his contract, including the failure to show up at work, sabotaging the network and attacking Current and its executives.
As the old adage says: "When the law is on your side, you argue the law. When the facts are on your side, you argue the facts. When neither the law nor the facts are on your side, you pound the table."

We will be happy to engage on the law and the facts in the appropriate forum.

It is well established that over his professional career Mr. Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table.

However, Mr. Olbermann, by filing his false and malicious lawsuit, has now put this matter into a legal process where there will be an objective review of the facts.

We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up.

I don't like that two liberal media icons are duking it out, but at least there is some entertainment value here. And fwiw, I agree with Keith's complaint, at least about the absolutely horrid job Current did of producing Countdown. A lot of the time it looked like Current had kidnapped the local junior high A/V club to produce the show; it was, quite frankly, embarrassing, not just for Keith (I'm sure), but for the liberal cause, in my opinion. It was like "this is the best you can do? You're going to challenge not only MSNBC but, more importantly, Fox News with this tenth-rate production value?" I honestly quit watching the show because the snafus were so constant.

As for Keith, one can only surmise that his time on American television has come to an end, unless there is another channel of which I am unaware that will hire him. And I think that's a damn shame - I think Keith has been incredibly important over the last decade or so; he was really the first major media figure on American TV to challenge Bush and the ascendant right-wing head-on in the early part of the last decade, and I like to think he was at the forefront (or close to it) of the liberal resurgence that culminated in 2006 and 2008.

I hope Keith lands somewhere on TV, or failing that, radio. In my opinion, he provides a necessary voice in our mostly dog shit discourse.

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  •  Liberal Icon? (13+ / 0-)

    Al Gore quit early in the fight for the presidency.  How can he qualify as a liberal icon.  More like one of the Biggest Losers.  Once again he is trying to do it on the cheap and expect everyone else to cover for him.

    First, Serve the People - Second, Defend the Community - Always, Organize to Take Power

    by mpjh on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 10:32:46 PM PDT

  •  Surprising (2+ / 0-)
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    when Current first launched, I occasionally tuned in, and didn't find the production values that poor.  Something must've been up with this transition.

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 10:59:42 PM PDT

  •  After reading Keith's suit, it sounds like he was (13+ / 0-)

    stuck in a hellish situation.  I was thinking that maybe he was ego tripping a little, but this law suit is very persuasive in laying out Current's mismanagement. Sigh. I was really hoping for a progressive news station. Hopes dashed again. I hope Keith finds another place to land. He does have the ego -which he admits to. But he and his staff created a first rate show.

    •  Nice to see some remember how Keith fought (5+ / 0-)

      for us. I find it amazing that some here think a guy can not have an ego and get a $50 million contract?

      I will miss Keith but not Current TV. What a total waste of time and Keith is right about it being a huge mistake.

      •  The whole thing is sad... (3+ / 0-)
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        You just hate to see that.
        And a person could have "our" principles and also not want to give it away for free. James Garner sued about the money from the Rockford Files and he went to civil-rights demonstrations.

        "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

        by chicating on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:29:44 AM PDT

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    •  OWN/Oprah could use a lift; (0+ / 0-)

      there could be a match made in heaven or an atomic explosion with those two.

      •  That would never work. (2+ / 0-)
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        Oprah has made a career on never saying anything definite enough to potentially hurt anyone's feelings.  By being watered down pap.  Keith is the opposite.

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:52:20 AM PDT

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        •  Would that make good TV? Own is hurting and (0+ / 0-)

          needs a "Game Changer" .  She may have to go back to doing a daily show or something. (I don't think it would work either, there is waaaay to much personality in the room.)

      •  I could envision a show like RealSports (1+ / 0-)
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        or that thing Bob Costas does working out well there...something more about sports(or even public affairs) as, for lack of a better word, human drama.

        "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

        by chicating on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 09:39:20 AM PDT

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  •  “I’m the chandelier,” Olbermann agreed. (10+ / 0-)

    Astonishing arrogance.

  •  I'm somewhat concerned about the people who (33+ / 0-)

    are taking this lawsuit at face value, as though everything in it or everything Keith Olbermann says is true.

    I saw his appearance on David Letterman and was appalled.

    The man has an ego the size of the Titanic and it appears he is about to be just as successful.  He is notorious for being "difficult" behind the scenes.  This is burning one of the last bridges he had left to televised audiences.

    On Letterman, in case anyone missed it, he said (paraphrased, but pretty damn close):

    "If you are going to buy a $10 million chandelier, you ought to have a house to put it in. Or a lot to build a house upon."

    Letterman, "Now, let me get this right. You, you, your the chandelier?"

    The fact is that he happens to have the same political proclivities, at least on the air, of progressives and that makes him popular.  It does not make him a nice person. It does not make him easy to work with.

    I watched most of the broadcasts on Current and they were just fine.  There were some issues once or twice with a light flicker (about which he told Letterman, "They haven't paid the electric bill."), but big deal.  All sorts of things have happened once or twice on network broadcasts as well.

    Current is an honest attempt at creating a new delivery method for progressive news and events.  It isn't perfect, but damn, isn't it better than Faux?  Than CBS? NBC? ABC? All the corporate owned and controlled media?  Isn't it?

    In fact, if Olbermann truly is a progressive, Current was about the best platform for his appearances.  It is the best match to his supposed values of all the various cable and broadcast possibilities.

    Speaking of himself, and in no sense did it seem ironically to me, as the "chandelier" in an non-existent house was a bit too much.  Maybe his legendary temper tantrums off-screen are true and Current should be given the benefit of the doubt.

    Current took him in and put him on the air after he'd burned his bridges with corporate media.  And they offered him a huge sum of money -- a $50 million contract, which isn't chickenfeed for someone who attacks Republicans and the 1% power structure -- and he got pissy over little things like he didn't like the car driver sent to pick him up and complained about lower level workers "smelling."

    Welcome to real life, Keith.  
    Who do you think is going to hire you now?  
    The lawsuit is taking place because he has ZERO prospects of being picked up by another channel.  And because, even to Keith Olbermann, money is more important than a progressive alliance and getting the message out.

    In my opinion, a true progressive believer would put up with a couple "smelly" underlings to get the word out.  A true progressive believer would have more contempt for Republicans than his chauffeur.    KO's behavior is so 1% it just makes me sick to my stomach.  

    What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:45:47 PM PDT

    •  Me too, Yucatan Man, me too. n.t (6+ / 0-)
    •  heh...I understand your view, (13+ / 0-)

      YucatanMan.  Really, I do.  But...

      Look, I spent some time working in a creative field.  If you don't have an ego, you might as well go dig ditches.  I mean that.  B/c coming up, you will meet with SO much rejection, and only a stainless steel backbone and ego of diamond will keep you going until you (maybe) become successful.

      Ask anybody in the arts.

      So I repeat my earlier comment: if a man can be a diva, Olbermann is.  But I think I can understand why he is...and why anyone else who fought for years, clawed their way to the top, might also be.

      Doesn't make it right, doesn't make it pretty.  Just makes it human.

      I call him Rick Scumtorum because he IS scum: pond scum, with the brain of an alga.

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:14:21 AM PDT

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      •  I don't think there is anything wrong with being (5+ / 0-)

        a diva, but he is a diva in the political world.  In politics, it cannot just all be about "me."   It has to be about working together to get somewhere in politics.  Or no progress is made.  Current gave him a platform.  I wonder who will next?  

        Is there any channel that might consider him now?

        There's nothing wrong with having a big ego, but big ego and consideration for other people can still go hand in hand.  It doesn't in his case, in my opinion.

        What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

        by YucatanMan on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:24:53 AM PDT

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        •  My dad told me: (14+ / 0-)

          You can measure the character of a man by how he treats those that cannot hurt him.

          Everybody treats their boss with a degree of respect.
          Everybody treats the big bad ass with a gun with deference.

          Some people treat "the help" with genuine kindness and consideration for human dignity.

          Complaining about "the help" because they "smell" is a good way to get someone unemployed for their inability to shower at a convenient time because they're working 2 jobs.

          Why not use some of that FIFTY MILLION to give a few thousand dollars to someone that so desperately needs cash he doesn't have time to shower between shifts?

          Perspective Keith. Remember when you made $50k a year on ESPN smirking it up over Jose Canseco's baseball on the head bounce?

          I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

          by Patriot4peace on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 02:41:12 AM PDT

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      •  There's ego, and then there's ego (8+ / 0-)

        Most people have had a boss or two they just couldn't get along with.  I know I have.  But when you seemingly can't get along with ANY of your bosses (and it seems that Keith has left just about everywhere he's ever worked on bad terms), then it's probably time to think about the possibility that maybe it's not the bosses who are the problem, and that you need to look in the mirror for the source of the problem.

        Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

        by leevank on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 04:38:03 AM PDT

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      •  well as another who is in "the arts" I say (0+ / 0-)

        When you're contracted for 50 million, by that time rejection ain't what it used to be and more over, you know not to piss off the studio execs and producers, no?

        Exhibit A - Charlie Sheen

        Look, Keith needs to get over himself. I'd never hire him. (not that he's looking to come work for my fledgling startup)

        He's done in television. Believe that. Maybe he can start his own web casting outfit. Set up a pay wall. Maybe then he'd be able to extract 50 million from his loyal fans. Or maybe he can go do a circuit tour. Sell tickets for 250 to hear him rant for a couple hours. He might make a few million that way.

        I don't feel sorry for him. Artists can be divas. So what? Others bigger and badder than him seem to be able to hold it together. They aren't stupid. Keith appears to be stupid. Or self sabotaging.

    •  Please, find me an egoless public official (3+ / 0-)
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      I'd like to know that unicorn.  

      •  Bill Clinton and Donald Trump both (2+ / 0-)
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        have enormous egos.  

        But one would be interesting and pleasant to be around while the other would be an insufferable bore.

        It isn't just the ego, it is the personality attached to it and the fact that he treats people "beneath him" so poorly.

        What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

        by YucatanMan on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 10:10:53 AM PDT

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  •  Olbermann is...difficult (6+ / 0-)

    If a man can be a diva, he's one.

    That said, I agree with you: he is incredibly talented, and I"m sure he's going to land another important job somewhere.

    I make no claims for how long he lasts before getting pissed at/pissing off his bosses.  ;-D

    I call him Rick Scumtorum because he IS scum: pond scum, with the brain of an alga.

    by Youffraita on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:05:38 AM PDT

    •  I predict that it won't be on TV (4+ / 0-)
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      He's burned his bridges just about everywhere that exists in TV.  There are some people that I call "life's too short" people -- who are extremely talented, but who are so supremely difficult to work with that it's just not worth it, no matter how talented they are.  I think Keith has managed to put himself in the "life's too short" category with just about everybody in broadcasting at this point.  He really is his own worst enemy.

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 04:41:33 AM PDT

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    •  I think it will depend on several things.. (2+ / 0-)
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      how this plays out.
      what the management looks like in a few years at some other places
      Anything could happen.

      "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

      by chicating on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:35:41 AM PDT

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    •  And TV executives shouldn't expect (2+ / 0-)
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      divas?  That's kindof par for the course, no?

      •  It's all in the game. eom (0+ / 0-)

        "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

        by chicating on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 11:30:50 AM PDT

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      •  TV executives expect talent to show up for (0+ / 0-)

        Work.

        For starters.

        Until Keith is running the studio, he's "the talent". Important, yes. But he's not running the place.

        Producers give great deference to talent. And it sounds to me that the execs here put up with a lot of shit from him. But here's the thing: why is Keith the only big-ego talent that keeps running into this problem? Geraldo's still on Fox. As is Bill-O. Brian Williams hasn't been fired from NBC. And Keith just keep bumping his way down the prestige ladder pissing off one studio/producer after the next. Why is it that Keith, out of all the diva in Hollywood and television, can't seem to avoid fucking up and pissing off his bosses? Is his ego bigger than say, Will Smith? Or Bruce Willis? Or Charlie Sheen? (oh wait....) or any of those folks?

        Pfft. Keith has something wrong with him.

  •  Most of the complaint is totally frivolous. (14+ / 0-)

    And again, it makes Olbermann look unprofessional, childish and too much of a risk for anyone to want to invest time or resources on.  There are some serious and substantial allegations involving breach of contract w/r/t image rights, but it's buried in piles of angry, vituperative nonsense.

    Current may be in the wrong here.  I doubt it, but here's how you do it, if even half his allegations are true: you file a narrow complaint listing their legal obligations (of which technical competence is not one) and their specific breaches.  And you zip your mouth.

    But no.  Drag an already struggling network deeper into the drain and sabotage what's left of your own career while you do it.  Way to go, Olbermann.  

    I'm angry at Current for other reasons, but this lawsuit is terrible, terrible.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:24:06 AM PDT

    •  Surprised that a lawyer let that go through (7+ / 0-)

      I don't think it's a good idea to put snarky comments in a lawsuit. Right from the start, where he claims that Current enticed him away from MSNBC, he seems to be shading the truth.

      Of course he should have realized that Current would not have the same resources as a richer network. How hard did he try to work within the limitations?  It's really hard to tell.

      Sorry that it came to this. Not entertaining at all.

      •  he seems not to remember that he was first (0+ / 0-)

        Fired from msnbc. Then took up at current.

        Selective recollection, that.

        No Keith. Current didn't lure you from msnbc. They gave you a parachute after it became apparent that your pissing match with the network would result in your dismissal.

        Geez. There's something wrong with this guy.

    •  I was shocked by the complaint (5+ / 0-)
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      It does indeed sound like KO wrote the factual allegations, and that they weren't edited at all by his lawyers.  I have read many thousands of complaints over the course of a 30 year legal career, and I've never read one that even approached this in its pettiness and being completely over-the-top.  

      Perhaps they do things differently in the state courts in California, but I have never read a complaint that begins, in its very first paragraph, by saying something like

      "Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry exectutives."

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 05:06:54 AM PDT

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  •  He could end up on CNN whose 'production (1+ / 0-)
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    values' seen to be as good as it gets but a station whose overall quality and direction seem to be worsening steadily over the last few years.

    A casual viewer of CNN may think they want to compete with FOX for their 'audience' based on their promotion of the Tea Bagger Rage and later as the seemingly self promoters of the latest malaise to hamper thinking Americans; The GOP Debates.

    They allow GOP'ers to come on and lie challenge free and they almost seem to relish in the 'birther' bs as well.

    CNN has had a large turnover and the on-air people right now for the majority look tenative as they wait to see if they will be included in the 'new direction' it will take, whatever that direction may be.

    I personally think CNN may appear directionless except their direction, via their Corp Masters' is just trying to find that perfect niche to capitalize on all of the ad spending that is coming this election cycle from both sides.

    •  I wouldn't count on it. Keith is what's known (0+ / 0-)

      as a bad apple.

      I wouldn't want him on my set. In production, people have to work together cooperatively. It's often stressful. Very stressful. Even on a movie or television set. Alrhough I've not worked in live TV or news, I'd imagine news broadcasting (especially when live) is even more stressful. Having someone on set that is a problem really does create bad energy on a set. Producers and directors try very hard to avoid people like that. They poison your set and unless you have no choice, you tend to avoid them.

      I'm no CNN exec but I cannot imagine anyone seriously considering hiring him. Especially given the details of the cross complaint filed by Current. But who knows? If they think they can earn significant revenues as a result of giving him a spot, and if they think those revenues are an adequate counterbalance to the amount they'd be sued for once Keith has another meltdown, maybe they'll go for it.

  •  I have to stick with Current TV (4+ / 0-)
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    I like Keith since I first turned to his show on MSNBC and was so happy when was given a new show on Current.  I agree with most posters, why is he trying to sink Current TV? His complaints do sound petty.  He knew Current was struggling.  Current TV is on our side.   You don't see the hateful Rethugs suing FOX NEWS.   We have to stick together if we are going to win in November.  This is why the Republicans are successful, they stick together no matter what.  The Democrats have to work together.   Good luck to Al Gore.  I give him and Current TV so much credit for the shows they have put on the air.   I watch them religiously even if I am really not crazy about Elliot Spitzer.  He sure is no Keith but I am sorry to see that Keith's head has really gotten too big for his own good.

    •  You might want to study the facts.. (4+ / 0-)
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      He was fired and yet you and others here are acting like he quit. How can he sink a network when the network fired him and probably in doing sank themselves?

      This was all about a network that is failing and deciding not to pay Keith. There is a track record here. Gore's partner was sued for millions before because he fired an attorney in his firm because he had aids.

      I will stand with Olbermann and Gore can kiss my ass.

      •  Keep this in mind: (0+ / 0-)

        Olbermann knew Joel Hyatt was co-creator of the network when he signed up to work for them.  Hyatt's nearly 25-years ago firing of an employee with AIDS wasn't a problem for Olbermann until he himself got fired.  So what does that tell you about Olbermann?

        You're getting played.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 03:39:13 PM PDT

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      •  If you're a flailing network and your (0+ / 0-)

        "star talent" can't be bothered to show up for work because he's pissed about production values, I'd say, fired!

        And btw, people were watching current, bad production values notwithstanding, before Keith came around. Now, if it was my network, I'd have offered Keith a smaller salary and raised production values slightly. But Keith couldn't have been expecting the place to be run like espn or msnbc, for fucks sake. They don't have that type of budget. Seems Keith got used to porterhouse and was pissed that he was getting hamburger when current was never porterhouse.

        If production values were so important, he should've stipulated some specifics in the contract -like equipment to be used, and the names of key crew.

  •  Keith career is over (5+ / 0-)
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    He has been canned from every network no one will touch him. He failed to bring most of his audience and he was bitter. Not sure what he can do now, maybe the internet is his last hope.
    Also MSNBC  canned him he acted like he left to go to current. Maybe he needs to go back to sports if anyone will have him.

    •  Satellite Radio (2+ / 0-)
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      after Howard Stern.

      Or FoxNews might hire him as the clownish asshole counterpoint "liberal" and then hog tie him to "opinions" that either make no sense, or are so far to the "middle right" to force the right wing even further right.

      I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

      by Patriot4peace on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 02:47:25 AM PDT

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      •  I wouldn't mind him on Satellite (1+ / 0-)
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        I think he'd like it there. There's no censorship and the top execs don't seem to care what you say at all - Howard trashes Sirius management on a near daily basis. But maybe they let him get away with it because he's Howard and brings in millions of subscribers, not sure if Keith would get that same luxury.

        "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

        by yg17 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 05:28:14 AM PDT

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    •  He was not canned by MSNBC or ESPN (1+ / 0-)
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      If you are going to post crap, at least have your crap straight.

  •  Those declaring KO's career over are wrong... (8+ / 0-)

    Olbermann may come with some baggage, but he's a first-rate writer and broadcaster, and those types are always in demand. Here's a corollary: I despise Rush Limbaugh's very existence, but speaking strictly from the standpoint of broadcasting ability, he knows what he's doing. And that's why he's been very well-paid for a couple of decades.

    And Olbermann is a better, smarter broadcaster than Limbaugh could ever be.

    No, KO is far from simply riding off into the sunset; a good fit for his talents and personality will present itself when the time is right. Of that, I've little doubt.

    Atheism is a religion like healthy is a disease.

    by Neapolitan on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 03:15:23 AM PDT

    •  inclined to agree... (0+ / 0-)

      almost in spite of himself, but yeah.

      "...Can't do nothing, girl, without somebody bugging/ I used to think that it was me/ But then I learned it wasn't." --Salt NPepa None of Your Business

      by chicating on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:39:47 AM PDT

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    •  Nope. Limbaugh isn't having fights with his (0+ / 0-)

      Producers.

      Sorry. You're just wrong about this.

      Keith cannot seem to manage keeping himself in check. I'd equate Keith's action more to The Saga Of Charlie Sheen than Limbaugh. I hate Limbaugh as much as the next person here. But he knows who not to piss off. And frankly, he's got more revenue clout than Keith and could probably get away with some disrespect toward the "powers that be" pretty damned frequently. But oddly, (and smartly) he doesn't seem to "go there", does he? Know why? Because his ego and checking account are smart enough to know when to keep it in check. I don't recall Limbaugh missing days and days at work. I'm sayin.

      Producers think about money when they hire talent. Keith flames out everytime, suing or damaging the network scorched-earth style. The only thing that would make hiring him worthwhile, given his history, is his ability to draw in revenue. At msnbc, he was getting about 1.2 to 1.7 million viewers per night. Not sure where he can go to get that again. Or if he can get that again. And how much revenue it would translate into. Or for how long. Then you have to weigh it against what your paying him and look at your bottom line.

      Not sure producers will find him worth the risk anymore. There are literally hundreds of "progressive voices" online. Many with quite a following who could be brought into television and grow with the network and end up being huge assets. This is what msnbc did with cenk (I'm not a fan) and Ed and Sharpton. Somehow these guys (who I'm sure all have an ego) manage to hold it together. As a producer, I just don't see much (if any) upside to entertaining the possibility of bringing Keith into my network at this point.

  •  As a poor (6+ / 0-)

    person living in Iowa with no cable, or satelite dish, and no DSL available where I live ,  I only got to see him on the Letterman show.   We have no free progressive TV or Radio here.  Dont hear anybody here trying to change that situation.  We are turning into a mix of Arizona , Kansas , and Ohio,  with Texas aspirations.  If somebody sees Soros,  ask him to buy some high powered radio stations here soon.  Please?

    •  No DSL? (0+ / 0-)

      What area of the state are you in?  I really thought Iowa was pretty well covered, but I'm in the Quad-Cities, so I don't know about the more rural areas.  I do have friends who live between two small towns and have DSL.  Their phone company is a tiny, local mom & pop operation, but they provide high-speed internet.

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 06:21:36 AM PDT

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      •  I think the commenter said "poor" which (1+ / 0-)
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        means it may be available but not affordable.

        •  Ah, I need to read more (0+ / 0-)

          carefully.  Affordability is always an issue.  I get spoiled because I live in an area with a lot of WiFi coverage.  Even when I didn't have my own connection, I was never far from a public one.

          -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

          by luckylizard on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 04:09:55 AM PDT

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        •  actually I am poor also (0+ / 0-)

          but DSL is not available here because the phone company does not have to do it.  I would try to buy it if I could get decent service,  but I wont pay for limited satelite

      •  I have windstream (0+ / 0-)

        a fairly large multistate phone company.  I have been waiting ten years for DSL, but they wont improve equipment here.  Many smaller local cooperative have but not the big boys.  The government wont lean on them and they get to charge me almost as much for phone service and two lines (would only need one with DSL) as some city folks pay for DSL, Phone and cable TV.  I blame the Gov as much as the phone company.  Why should they spend some money if theres no insentive?  There should be rules like for electricity and phones for universall availability.

  •  I remember watching an eipode (2+ / 0-)
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    where the lights went out during broadcast... not to mention lots of other amateur production issues.

    Compared with Cenk's set it was kindergarten land... and there wasn't much to be said about his set either.

  •  Keith Keith Keith (4+ / 0-)
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    He's not your pal, he's a head that is paid millions of dollars per year to talk news at you. Some other head will replace his. The world can get along without the "WPITW" schtick. Sure, that schtick was amusing but that's entertainment not politics. The sun will come up tomorrow.

  •  Can't work up any outrage here (5+ / 0-)
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    There are too many important issues to worry about rather than "declaring war on Current" and I would think KO would want to use his time more productively.

  •  Current screwed up by not putting up podcasts. (6+ / 0-)

    KO had one of the most popular podcasts.

    If Current had put up podcasts Keith's show would have continued as part of the conversation. People would have eventually found Current and maybe stuck around for other shows. Instead it was like Keith dropped off the face of the earth. Even if people eventually got Current, they would have gotten out of the habit of tuning in to his show. The expense of Keith's contract remained, but they Current did not use current technology, podcasts, to maintain Keith's popularity and relevance.

  •  I support KO (7+ / 0-)

    he may be a jackass, but he is our jackass.  I dropped cable a couple years back, but KO was the only person who I thought mixed in truth with fiery indignation and maintained a sense of humor.  

    KO was the only broadcaster brave enough to take on Bush when BUSH WAS POPULAR.  I don't always agree, but I am at the very least informed and entertained.  

    The man has an ego.  So do most famous people.  I look forward to his podcast/radio show so I can start listening again.  He was fired, but the great thing about radio/podcasts is that you can really build your own thing.  Some people work better w/o a boss.  

  •  Interesting quote from the complaint. (3+ / 0-)
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    When asked about whether or not to hire Cenk Uygur,

    Olbermann told them that he did not think that Uygur would be a good choice.  Olbermann opined to Bohrmann that Uygur had difficulty separating facts from things he wanted to be true.
     

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:03:05 AM PDT

    •  Heh, I didn't catch that. Lovely. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't disagree with it, but like most of the complaint, that's the stuff you don't air in public.  Hoorah, liberal pundits devouring each other.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 03:40:23 PM PDT

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  •  Ouch! Keith really disses Cenk. (2+ / 0-)
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    Interesting reading.

  •  Keith needs some therapy. He drives off the (0+ / 0-)

    Road every chance he gets. It's not ego. That's the easy answer. Tons of people have an ego and less than perfect work conditions and still manage to keep their jobs, especially ones paying 50 million.

    He's got a petty streak and seems self- sabotaging. Probably should go spend some time with someone who can help him better understand where all that petulance and self inflicted damage is coming from. These high drama flame outs get less attractive and more unforgivable as one gets older. They become embarrassing. Or should.

    I think the man needs to seek help.

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