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Intro: "His bitter divorce from Al Gore's network followed months of escalating complaints to Current TV executives. Howard Kurtz unearths the acrimonious correspondence."

Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' on Current TV, 06/02/11. (photo: Current.tv)
Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' on Current TV, 06/02/11. (photo: Current.tv)



Olbermann's Angry Email Trail

By Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast

02 April 12

 

His bitter divorce from Al Gore's network followed months of escalating complaints to Current TV executives. Howard Kurtz unearths the acrimonious correspondence.

t was a terrible marriage from the beginning.

Just weeks after Keith Olbermann launched his nightly program on Current TV last June, his team was complaining that the network founded by Al Gore and attorney Joel Hyatt wasn't living up to its promises to support a professional cable news show.

The arguments escalated for months, with Olbermann directly appealing to the former vice president on three or four occasions, until relations had become so poisoned that, on Friday, Current fired Olbermann for breach of contract. He has vowed to take the matter to court and questioned the ethics of Gore and Hyatt.

Some of the disputes are fundamental - such as missing days of work - and some sound petty, but they add up to a portrait of a dysfunctional alliance that was doomed from the start. Where Current management viewed Olbermann as a chronic complainer who had clashed with the bosses before leaving his previous jobs at MSNBC and ESPN, the liberal commentator came to believe that he had joined a rinky-dink operation, even if the channel was committed to paying him $50 million over five years.

On Aug. 2, 2011, according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast, Olbermann's manager, Michael Price, sent Hyatt a list of about 40 "deficiencies" that needed to be corrected. Six days later, Price told Hyatt that the problems required "immediate attention" and that "we are not aware of any demonstrable effort to address the issues."

One of management's complaints was that Olbermann would not participate in some press and marketing events, even though he was contractually obligated to promote the network. Executives grew upset when Olbermann balked at touting the programming that followed his 8 p.m. show, Countdown. In the email, Price explained that reluctance by saying the host was being given wrong information about what was to air. It was "inexcusable," he wrote, to repeatedly have Olbermann "identify incorrect programming following Countdown. If people cannot trust him to correctly identify the programming, his credibility on larger matters comes into question."

What's more, he said, Olbermann was told to identify New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on the air as a Countdown contributor when it turned out he was not. The email asked for "demonstrable efforts" that these problems were being fixed.

Hyatt responded that day, saying that David Bohrman, a CNN executive who had just been hired as Current's president, would be on the case. "We not only take the issues seriously, but we hired David to assure that any problems with Countdown are dealt with expeditiously and expertly," Hyatt wrote. Bohrman, he said, has the experience to "assure the quality of Current's ability to support Countdown."

On Sept. 21, Bohrman wrote to Olbermann and Price, saying he would move "quickly" to resolve the problems at the Manhattan studio that were making Countdown a "less than high-class production." He promised to hire a full-time publicist and said "we will get done almost all the things you need and have been asking for."

Despite the conciliatory tone, Olbermann's team was not satisfied. Countdown had been "a daily logistical nightmare dating back to the very first rehearsals," Price wrote back. The response showed "how completely out of touch you and Current management are with the realities of producing a first-rate show." Viewers were even complaining that they couldn't record the show because of incorrect settings being provided for DVR machines. The whole atmosphere "more closely resembles cable access than that of a cable news show," and the problems were "causing low ratings ... The show's production values have actually gotten worse, not better."

Olbermann never came close to the more than 1 million viewers he had averaged at MSNBC, but his Current show was drawing more than 100,000 in the prized 25-to-54 age group last summer - and that gradually dwindled to 30,000.

Neither side would comment because of the likely litigation, but sources familiar with the situation provided further details of what amounted to a slow-motion divorce.

What is clear from the correspondence is that the relationship was dissolving amid a flurry of mutual recriminations. Gore had welcomed Olbermann as the new face of a little-watched network, anointing him chief news officer and giving him an equity stake in the operation. Gore had dealt with big egos in politics, but he and Hyatt told colleagues they had never dealt with anyone quite like Olbermann. On the few occasions when Olbermann wrote to Gore, the onetime presidential candidate sent back polite but vague notes that essentially referred the questions to Hyatt.

Current spent $250,000 on the problem-plagued New York studio that Olbermann helped design. But good intentions aside, the production problems were quite real. On Feb. 10, the lighting failed while Olbermann was on the air, and not for the first time, prompting more correspondence. Three weeks ago, Olbermann's team sounded out of patience. "David, once again Current's technical breakdowns have had a negative impact on Countdown," Price wrote Bohrman on March 8. "We have pleaded with you to focus on the studio and the constant technical failures that diminish the program and turn away the viewership."

The previous night, the email noted, "while Keith was in mid-sentence, the show cut away from him to a promo for the War Room," the new show hosted by former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. The situation was "wholly unacceptable ... This diminishes the ratings of Current's most successful show and proves to viewers that Current need not be taken seriously." Bohrman responded within 90 minutes, saying he had been on the phone with the control room as soon as the cameras cut away from Olbermann and that supervisors "insist it will not happen again ... We will stay on them."

But the clock was running out.

The principal beef of Current executives is that the highly paid Olbermann often didn't show up for work, missing 19 of 41 days in January and February. But no one has suggested that he wasn't contractually entitled to that time as vacation and sick days.

The host's absence was especially noticeable on the nights of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, when he was asked to anchor the channel's coverage. Olbermann felt the technical glitches plaguing his program cast doubt on the feasibility of live election coverage. According to people familiar with the correspondence, Current executives were exasperated when, on Feb. 27, Price wrote that "Keith is planning to take vacation days," including on March 5 - the day before Super Tuesday. This would become a major flash point between the two sides - indeed, it would lead to a legal threat - when Current insisted that he show up.

Bohrman wrote Price the next night that the network needed Olbermann on the air just before the biggest night of the presidential primary season - and if not, Current would probably preempt Countdown. He added that he was disappointed that Countdown was airing a three-hour-old taped show at that very moment, with Mitt Romney winning the Michigan primary - and that this was a "bad choice."

Things went downhill from there. After Borman insisted that Olbermann work March 5, Price said he was being highly unprofessional. He wrote that Current had failed to provide a list of acceptable guest hosts (except for Eliot Spitzer, who was unavailable). They would not stand for preempting Countdown or allowing an unapproved guest host, Price said, and "ultimately a jury" might have to decide whether replacing Countdown that night was a breach of contract.

From Olbermann's perspective, this was a period when he was battling a throat infection, and he was concerned that being on the air March 5 might cause him to lose his voice during three hours of live coverage the next evening. In fact, he was so concerned about his voice that he all but stopped speaking when he wasn't on the air, forcing those around him to communicate with him by email.

After Olbermann both anchored and produced the Super Tuesday coverage, his team took it as a small victory when Bohrman emailed an interim producer: "Looked really good. Thanks."

But the damage had been done. By month's end, Olbermann would be replaced by Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor after a prostitution scandal and lost his short-lived CNN show last year.

The impasse went well beyond his attendance record. Current officials were rankled that on the nights that he was off, Olbermann wouldn't allow his staffers to promote Countdown or its guest hosts, even through Twitter updates. (Olbermann did plenty of promotional tweets when he was anchoring.)

Even the subject of internal communications was contentious. Some at Current were miffed when Olbermann refused to talk to certain executives except through his lawyer or agent; his team believed they were following procedures set down by Hyatt.

No issue was too small to precipitate a fight. A continuous argument over which car service would ferry Olbermann, who doesn't drive, was emblematic of the deteriorating situation. Olbermann wound up using eight different car services, finding fault with each one, sometimes objecting when drivers talked to him.

His side has depicted this as a budgetary problem. Price warned in a memo last summer that his team was hearing "from vendors that Current has fallen into arrears," creating problems with delayed or nonexistent payments. The network counters that other employees continued to use the hired cars without incident.

Olbermann, of course, is no stranger to contentious departures, having left MSNBC twice (most recently 14 months ago) as well as ESPN under bitter circumstances. But the Current deal was supposed to be different because it was a self-proclaimed liberal channel and not a major corporation, with Olbermann granted a leading management role.

The lawyers will have to sort out the charges and countercharges, but it is hard to argue, given Olbermann's high-profile role at the network, that the breakup is making either side look good.

 

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+105 # genierae 2012-04-02 09:19
Finally an impartial assessment! I think both sides had unreasonable expectations of the other that were bound to be disappointed. I hope that Keith finds a place where he can prosper, someone suggested that HBO would be a good fit. I also heard that he is bipolar, and if that is true his actions are understandable. The question is, is he getting treatment? I wish him all the best.
 
 
+65 # paulrevere 2012-04-02 09:30
Egos, egos, egos...Keith probably found himself in a 'cable access' environment with a similar financial mindset. Al Gore was regularly critiqued as VP for his vague, stiff, non-commital, live and let live, CYA, make no waves, stilted answers type of personna. That type of character placed managing a high octane staff of Type A's ire due to cheapskate mentality was oil and water.
One would think that if Current was serious about raising it's profile, presentation quality and thus ratings, that they would have used the KO input as lessons to learn and implement, rather than nitpick, stall and bob and weave into frustration...s ounds like amatuers running the Titanic.
 
 
+95 # juliajayne 2012-04-02 09:41
In hiring Keith, I thought that Gore and Hyatt were intent on making it into the bigtime. But I guess not.

My husband works in TV and these kinds of problems that KO complained about wouldn't even be acceptable to a local news show. They have to write up every single disceoency. So I can see why Keith was angry.

Hey Howie, why did you entitle your article as a pejorative to Keith when it seems like he had ample reasons to be upset?
 
 
+50 # kbarrand 2012-04-02 09:52
In three different communications situations that have gone awry, there is one constant; Keith Olbermann. I like Keith. I'm a fan. But I have to start to wonder when a pattern starts to become clear. Perhaps he needs a show akin to Bill Maher's.
 
 
+65 # brenda 2012-04-02 10:10
Yep, the Current TV station is loaded with inexperienced technical staff. That would blow any TV Personality's temperment sky high. One thing a show host doesn't want to be, is perceived as a fool working for a rink dink outfit. I hope Keith does get a spot on another network. HBO network doesn't seem like a bad thing. The other thing that a show needs is a good $ budget for drawing in other guests for interviews.
 
 
+39 # LessSaid 2012-04-02 10:10
Keith Olbermann put Current TV on the map. I will now Unsubscribe.
 
 
+10 # James38 2012-04-02 15:32
Jezus, a pox on both their houses, and on you, LessSaid. We should all want both Current AND Olbermann to succeed. The fact that they couldn't and wouldn't work together shows me that they both had problems - ego and stupid. None of the issues were insurmountable if the two sides had made a genuine effort to work it out. Simply and sadly neither side would come down off their high horse and get real - and real issues are what the O show and Current are supposed to be all about. Grow up guys, on all sides. You are all acting like spoiled brats.

I hope Olbermann gets back on the air soon, somewhere. He needs to realize that his impact is important, and stop being a professional pain-in-the-ass . There are better ways to get what you want than having emotional fits.
 
 
+4 # HealthySkeptic 2012-04-03 10:21
I agree with you LessSaid. I hate disloyalty. Keith Olbermann is one of the finest I've seen in a while and I have no reason to watch Current from this point on.
 
 
+25 # stonecutter 2012-04-02 10:18
HBO is about entertainment, and besides, Bill Maher has the punditry turf covered there, albeit with a brilliantly comic, satirical edge. KO's sarcasm is often biting and effective, but he's never been very funny. More of an overstuffed-shi rt snob, with the right politics. Reading Thurber on-air? R U kidding me? Maybe he thinks he's FDR.

Just as with the recent Trayvon Martin case, the more facts revealed, the more complicated the picture. However, it seems to me that KO and his management team had to have some idea about Current's bush-league production incapabilities before they signed on the dotted line; did he think he was going to CBS? He wanted that $50 Mill, just like Schmidt and McCain wanted the glamour puss of Palin, without ever vetting her, or considering she might be a political idiot savant. They got their heads handed to them, and KO discovered in short order he was working for the Toonerville Trolley of cable news.

There's enough egomania and narcissism in this mess to rival anything at the Grammy Awards. In the end, KO's reputation will be damaged, and Gore's as well, because there's nothing more entertaining in this sick society than watching two powerhouses try and take each other down. Just an upscale version of Monday-night wrestling, in suits. Bury the hatchet.
 
 
+5 # holypopeleo 2012-04-02 10:21
Both sides had unreasonable expectations of the other. They both must get beyond this. KO was to make 50 million dollars, however, rumor has it that he is bipolar. If true, I hope he is in treatment. His options are narrowing with the loss of ESPN/ABC, msnbc and now, Current TV. Hopefully, someone else in the media will take him on. Perhaps HBO of CNN; but maybe FOX in a novel twist for them. I wish KO the best.
 
 
+20 # dick 2012-04-02 10:29
It appears that the dispute revolves around the central notion of "high class" TV reporting & commentary. Keith, God love him, was getting too routine, as were his same old, same old guests.
Maybe he found it convenient to blame slippage on technical matters, which could have been handled, on air at least, with humor, not a temper tantrum. There was way too much repetition on Current, & too much overlap with MSNBC. All parties should cool down, seek ego therapy as needed, & get high quality coverage ready for critical upcoming months.
Airing grievances needs to be replaced with "WE'er Back, better than ever." Keith is running out of options. Lawsuits are NOT what America needs. Keith, come back, Keith, ASAP.
 
 
-22 # Donna Fritz 2012-04-02 10:35
(This one line paints a pretty good picture of the kind of self-important jackass Olbermann is.)

No issue was too small to precipitate a fight. A continuous argument over which car service would ferry Olbermann, who doesn't drive, was emblematic of the deteriorating situation. Olbermann wound up using eight different car services, finding fault with each one, sometimes objecting when drivers talked to him.

(So he literally is a limousine liberal.)
 
 
-3 # annashane 2012-04-02 11:43
yes, keith is quite high on himself and finds fault only in others. If he'd been a team player he'd have wanted the network to succeed and been glad to be part of it, rather than setting himself apart as their victim. For Keith all authority is the same, he treated current as if it they were his enemies. He's always like that and in time he'll be unemployed. What he does it pick out enemies and trash them, but seems he has no friends.
 
 
+22 # glengriffinsr 2012-04-02 10:44
genierae: As the senior executive of several corporations for 40+ years, I had one key employee that stayed with me for most of those years, my CFO. He was bipolar. I was the only person with whom he could or would work. I knew how to manage his genius.
 
 
+22 # sarapy 2012-04-02 10:50
i am a faithful obermann viewer. and i imagine that his trademark character is genuine... and can probably genuinely irritate someone in psychological-n eed to exercise "authority over" olby-kanoby.

but current needs olbecause he does draw in an important demographic. something spitzer probably won't attract.

when egos collide - if only we could harness that green energy... (which reminds me of a joke : how do [u-fill-itin] commit suicide ? A: They climb to the top of their egos and they jump... )

in my 40 years of production, i do know that executives can be doubletalk exasperating and financially defficient to their promises... lights blowing up on air and other technical, unprofessional, and fully predictable glitches is definitely unbecoming of a wannabe network... and can make the talent blow their collective gasket...

reminds me of when i started in television when "make-do" was the operating order... and you know what - nobody knows those "authorities" anymore --> they were unmade at the first parachutage and fell like rocks - - - splatch°°°
 
 
+13 # abbyshahn 2012-04-02 10:54
The timing of the ads on that show was terrible...that had more to do with people moving on from the show than anything else.
It was hard to keep your focus with so many interruptions.
 
 
+20 # MarthaA 2012-04-02 10:57
It appears there was
some sabotage going on to keep the show from doing well, especially with the lights, and no telling what else.
 
 
+25 # lin96 2012-04-02 11:04
There are too many problems in the world to worry about egos on both sides. Not all servers were willing to carry Current TV, so you can't blame Keith Olbermann for that. I personally requested my server to add it to their cable roster and they didn't. Odd that it always comes down to money.
 
 
+10 # Suavane 2012-04-02 16:43
Dear Lin96,

I had the same problem. I too, asked my cable service to carry Current TV because of Keith and they declined to carry Current TV. As for ratings, this would most definitely impact on Keith's ratings! You can't blame the loss of the viewer-ship numbers to him, alone!
 
 
+26 # Sensible1 2012-04-02 11:07
Keith was just being Keith, and that's what I liked about him. All these news programs want a top guy who will do their bidding, but with Keith, and a few others, you will have to accept their style and mannerisms, because that is what they are known for. Someday Keith will find his spot in the media, and when he does viewers to flock to him as before. I only hope it is soon.
 
 
+27 # dick 2012-04-02 11:13
I wish the well named Slick Willie would take Keith to lunch, make him offers he can't refuse, & get Keith back on the air.
Clinton OWES Gore a HUGE favor.
Yes, Slick Willie's VP was too stiff, but that's not why he lost. The election was blatantly stolen, remember. Al won. Bury the egos.
 
 
+19 # cynnibunny 2012-04-02 13:08
What's clear in all this is the small-mindednes s of Current. First, they don't realize what Olbermann is, and they try to control him, like they - not Keith - know better how to make Countdown work. Second, they cast aspersions on Olbermann, like they didn't know he's a big-time phenomenon. He's not just a newscaster folks! He's a major spokesperson for democracy and the left! Last, they fire him with the lamest of reasons, and in their letter meant to explain, they do nothing of the sort. They instead promote the person who will replace Olbermann's timeslot: a failed politician who cooperated in a prostitution ring? (Good move Current!)
 
 
-17 # dmcquaide 2012-04-02 13:24
Frankly, i don't really miss Keith. I was suggering from Olberman fatigue.
 
 
+15 # artmensor 2012-04-02 13:46
Keith: I've been a huge supporter of you for 5 years now, even video taping highlights of most of your shows, I know it sounds a little crazy but now I can watch them and see the best of what you have given us in the past.
I will be with you wherever you go next. I also think HBO would be smart to put you on, either with a daily newscast, something new for them, or after Bill Maher, but that would only be once a week, which is not enough for you to cover everything the other side is up to.
I'll be waiting.
 
 
-12 # slimslider 2012-04-02 13:52
To be under contract for millions of dollars and then act like a spoiled ass, I have little sympathy for KO. He was an employee, not an owner. This sounds like one of the worst cases of runaway ego I've ever heard about. Was a KO fan, but after reading about his exploits, I think I understand management's actions. So things went bad, ..for that kind of money I would hold the light bulbs myself, and even the camera! Learn to drive Keith and then drive your sick ego to the unemployment line where you will find hundreds of people who would kill to have had your job. Just too bad the self destroying ego had to happen to someone who really had something to say.
 
 
+7 # tunghoy 2012-04-02 15:01
Olbermann is unable to drive because of chronic dizziness. When he was in his twenties, he ran to catch a subway train, but tripped and banged his head onto the car, getting a concussion. That's also one reason he lives in the city, rather than in the suburbs -- it's easier to get around.

And yes, if I were being paid $10 million a year, I'd use my own money to fix the studio, if I had to. I understand he has legitimate gripes, but it sounds like he didn't do much to help fix the problems he was complaining about.
 
 
+1 # pernsey 2012-04-05 07:42
No the worse case of runaway ego would be Rush Limbaugh, Keith O. is a saint compared to Rush!!
 
 
+6 # lorenbliss 2012-04-02 13:55
Speaking as an unapologetic practitioner of print (50-plus years: newspapers, wire service, magazines and now a blog), the Olbermann/Curre nt TV controversy seems to confirm everything my colleagues and I ever believed or suspected about television: the raging egomania, the Hollywood aura, “the roar of the greasepaint,” etc. ad nauseum – and most of all my own favorite axiom (for which a regional TV anchor-man once punched me in the face), "television news is a contradiction in terms." Not everywhere, to be sure, but surely everywhere in U.S. mainstream (aka Ruling Class) media.
 
 
+25 # tclose 2012-04-02 14:11
What is missing here is an observation of how the progressive cause is diminished by this clash. Seems both Keith and Current have shared blame in his leaving, but what is lost here, on the one hand, is an ardent and eloquent spokesman for the liberal progressive point of view; and on the other hand, a strong channel for this point of view. An embarrassing loss for our cause against the forces of conservatism, and its nattering nabobs of negativism the Fox Channel.
 
 
-43 # JohnCDurham 2012-04-02 14:36
Al Gore? Isn't he the one hot for NAFTA? Isn't he the one that supports the hoax that CO2 is changing the climate, the most widely believed since the oil comes from dinosaurs hoax?

I don't think he really knows anything about the human race or how to help the world. He is a fancy pants phony patriot who, out of a kind of ignorance, feels free to imply a smear toward a real one.
 
 
-3 # reiverpacific 2012-04-02 18:46
Quoting JohnCDurham:
Al Gore? Isn't he the one hot for NAFTA? Isn't he the one that supports the hoax that CO2 is changing the climate, the most widely believed since the oil comes from dinosaurs hoax?

I don't think he really knows anything about the human race or how to help the world. He is a fancy pants phony patriot who, out of a kind of ignorance, feels free to imply a smear toward a real one.

Strangely I am with you on Gore -NAFTA and it's descendants (but not on your anti-global warming stance) and his self-righteousl y environmentalis t posturing. His political power dynasty family and he himself, were heavily invested in Occidental Petroleum Colombiana who were pushing the U'ma people of the Upper Colombian Amazon rain forest to mass suicide by exploring and drilling for oil in their ancient territory.
I've never heard him or anybody else in his camp even pretend to address this double standard.
A smooth-talking "inoffensive" poser for sure.
 
 
+4 # DanuMaidu 2012-04-02 15:18
I can think of another reason that ratings may have dropped. I, like many others, was sad to see KO part ways with MSNBC so naturally I was thrilled to hear he had resurfaced at Current.

Unfortunately, my medium sized cable package with Dish Network did not include that channel in my programming package. The upgrade wwuld have run me an additional $10 month so I decided to go without. Frankly I was a bit disturbed by the fact that Current's programming would have been determined to be somehow worthy of inclusion in a more expensive package when mine does include about 200 channels including MSNBC, Comedy Central, Food Network etc.

I was thhrilled when approximately six months ago I suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, started getting in the program. Sadly this turned out to be a special promotion which ended a few months ago. I do like KO, but not to the tune of $120 a year. Sorry, dude. :(
 
 
+3 # ksec 2012-04-02 18:31
I love Ko but this guy has serious issues. Sounds like he was a nightmare to manage. I love Spitzer and believe he is a good edition to the lineup.
 
 
-7 # carioca 2012-04-02 21:03
Man, all I can say is that I sure am glad I don't work in Amerika.
 
 
+3 # fresnoman4man 2012-04-02 23:38
I stopped watching MSNBC when they fired Keith. I was skeptical that Current could be trusted so I never ponied up the $10/mo extra to Comcast Cable (the new owners of MSNBC) to watch Keith. Actually, I now only watch RT (Russia Today) TV and get more truth than all the corporate canard cable channels combined. And they don't have the plethora of political and product hypes that are the raison d'être for trivial tedium TV. Maybe Keith will join their fraternity of progressive commentators such as Thom Hartmann and Max Keiser..
 
 
0 # tm7devils 2012-04-03 00:06
50 mil for 5 years...? Missing 19 of 41 days...? For that money, I would work 35 days of any 30 day period...
Just when the left needs good
anti-GOP programing...we get a prima donna! I like his style and rhetoric...but enough is enough.
 
 
+4 # Majikman 2012-04-03 17:33
Current wanted to run with the big dogs, bought their own attack dog and insisted he play nice with Sweetums and not pee on the rug. What could possibly go wrong?
Current is toast. KO bites, has not been neutered and will prevail.
 
 
0 # grahamerussell 2012-04-04 12:10
the media's coverage of the media is a deep part of the media problem. millionaire "liberal" pundits passing themselves off as real journalists is as much a problem as millionaire "conservative" pundits doing the same. most "media" coverage in the USA gets sucked into the Republican/ Conservative v. Democrat/ Liberal framework, and real media work and coverage and real debate about the issues are the victims.
 
 
0 # Phillybuster 2012-04-05 00:44
Keith is correct. The production values on Current were abominable. Poor lighting, poor sound, no graphics, sound out of sync with video, fluttery picture, etc. It was like watching TV during the 50s. I was tempted to look for the vertical and horizontal hold controls on my TV but of course, there aren't any.

It may be an inconvenient truth but Current isn't current nor is it ready for prime time.
 
 
+1 # Lila 2012-04-05 01:55
All I can say is I miss Keith's special point of view and loved to hear (and see) him reading Thurber on Fridays. Don't care to know anything about bipolar, dizziness,etc., all very personal information that none of us has the need to know. All we really need is to have him back on TV being himself.
 
 
0 # wwway 2012-04-05 06:30
Kurtz, thanks for the good report on Olbermann's career limiting manuevers. Granted, I liked him but there's nothing worse than a mad man who thinks he should be treated like a professional. It's too bad that Limbaugh is accepted. Limbaugh is the worst example of an ego gone wild with permission.
 
 
0 # sweetsali 2012-04-05 11:32
Somewhere I read where Keith will return in "late Spring." I sure hope so...I miss him.
 
 
0 # deevrees 2012-04-05 14:02
After 40 yrs of bla bla bla TV, I found Keith refreshing. He got my brain thinking. I became a political junkie again, and haven't felt that since my political science days with a professor who woke up my awareness with "Who Rules America" by G.W. Domhoff
And really, I don't have a problem with Spitzer, but he's kind of a slap in the face to women.
 
 
0 # nickynono 2012-04-05 18:02
I followed Keith Olbermann on MSNBC while overlooking his 'over-the-top' comments. His ego is evident. I didn't follow him to current TV. In fact I now watch it because of The War Room. Jennifer Granholm is excellent and knowledgeable. I guess I am so new to the channel that I don't expect it to be perfect, so the few technical glitches I have seen were not terribly upsetting. Her show is recorded in San Francisco, so studios are different. I caught a couple of Keith's Countdown shows ending just before War Room. I guess I had already decided he was too troubled to invest in watching again. This issue certainly will not stop me from investigating more shows on Current.
 

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