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Excerpt: "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."

Television personality Keith Olbermann visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center, 06/16/11. (photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Television personality Keith Olbermann visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center, 06/16/11. (photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Al Gore: Why We Fired Keith Olbermann

By Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, Current TV

01 April 12


e 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 Gov. 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 Gov. 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 voices are too seldom heard. We, and everyone at Current, want to thank our viewers for their continued steadfast support.


Al Gore & Joel Hyatt

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We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

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+366 # sarita.brown1 2012-04-01 11:55
I am sorry but there is very little here about why you fired Keith. He is the brightest and most honest and though provocative, electric and challenging commentator out there.
I read your statement and i thought.. wow, what a wuss out.

ick. i feel like you were getting rid of an irritant. we need irritants. that is where the pearls come from

SO i am sorry, but I won't be watching current anymore. If you shoot our own guys on the front line, what chance do we have?

It sounds more like a personality conflict that was explained in a way that would not get you sued.

Sarita Brown
+110 # reiverpacific 2012-04-01 13:05
Quoting sarita.brown1:
I am sorry but there is very little here about why you fired Keith. He is the brightest and most honest and though provocative, electric and challenging commentator out there.
I read your statement and i thought.. wow, what a wuss out.

ick. i feel like you were getting rid of an irritant. we need irritants. that is where the pearls come from

SO i am sorry, but I won't be watching current anymore. If you shoot our own guys on the front line, what chance do we have?

It sounds more like a personality conflict that was explained in a way that would not get you sued.

Sarita Brown

Well-said! "They" are ripe for irritating, including "Mr Foldo" Gore and that staunch supporter of the world's oldest profession Spitzer. The last thing we need now is a totall "PC"Current was also founded on the values of "collegial", current affairs outfit; we already have that in PBS.
The mighty George Galloway was kicked out of "Toney" Blair's "New (NOT!) Labor" -modeled on Clinton's New (NOT!) Democrats, for pretty much the same reason.
I hope K.O. comes back and sets up shop somewhere and "K.O.'s e'm!
Respect has to be earned and forthrightness is the last, endangered bastion of a weakened, almost worthless (in the US at least) and embattled fourth estate
+68 # davidcook1 2012-04-01 20:06
Well, I was watching Current TV to see Kieth Oberman, too - and I probably won't any more - but I think you folks are giving Spitzer a bad rap. His primary fault was arrogance, not getting a PR person to promote the good work he was doing while he was doing it. Instead of having an affair with some willing nymphet on his staff - which he certainly could have as governor - he went to a professional for his needs - services paid for, no obligation, no possibility of undue influence. To keep it even more clean he went to an out-of-state professional. But he was organizing other state governors to attack predatory lenders and doing other things that bothered the Bush administration and its friends. So they tapped his phones looking for something to get on him. Remember Poindexter and the Total Awareness Program that Congress turned down? But it showed up anyway, with Obama agreeing to let the phone companies off for privacy invasion because the government asked them to. Remember how it worked? They tapped into the phone company switch - and thus tapped EVERYBODY's phones. They were supposed to have intelligent software that would pull out terrorist- sounding words and phrases, but they probably never got that working. But they could certainly program it to pick out individual numbers, like Spitzer's home and office and cell phones. When they found something a little funny they pretended they had an ongoing investigation. So give Spitzer a break. He just stepped in it.
+61 # Stephanie Remington 2012-04-01 16:24
There might be even more to it than that. As nice2blucky points out (below), the timing is suspect. It's pretty odd to fire a person with such an independent voice in the lead up to a major election.
+55 # Sweet Pea 2012-04-01 18:58
I too will not be watching Current. My father taught me that you must treat "all" people with respect "until" they prove to be unworthy of respect. Maybe Keith's parents taught him the same thing, and he felt that there were people who didn't deserve his respect, and I agree.
+4 # Billsy 2012-04-02 11:47
Firing an employee is largely a PRIVATE affair, not to be discussed by the employer in public. There are statutes preventing this as well as the liability issue should the employee choose to sue for slander or wrongful termination. Olbermann, talented as he is, has a history of angrily severing relations, first with ESPN, next MSNBC and now Current.
+51 # burner 2012-04-01 12:00
Gore is also a CFR member and wants to use his network to further the CFR goals of duping and looting America. Don't believe everything you hear/read.
+165 # jfcd 2012-04-01 12:02
You are kidding, right? It's an April Fool's joke, right? Do you honestly believe that people who follow Keith really give a shit about anything Eliot Spitzer says or thinks? Really? Maybe the Supreme Court made the right decision after all. At least with Bush we knew we were getting a putz.
+172 # jamal49 2012-04-01 12:03
Really, Al? That's why you fired Mr. Olbermann? Here's a hot tip for ya, Al. I watched Current TV only because Mr. Olbermann was a part of it. No other reason. Now, I won't watch it at all, especially since you've replaced Mr. Olbermann with the compulsive liar and serial adulterer, Eliot Spitzer. You and Spitzer deserve each other, Al. America deserves better. May your pet project, Current TV, end up in the toilet where it now belongs.
+51 # KayInMaine 2012-04-01 13:23
The former governor who comes on after Olbermann's Current TV show? I don't watch her. Boooooooooooooo oooooooring. I switch over to Rachel Maddow for that hour. :D
+91 # KayInMaine 2012-04-01 13:24
I like Spitzer (he was ferocious against Wall Street looters when he was AG of NYC and that's why they celebrated on Wall Street when Spitzer was outed as an adulterer!), but I won't be watching his show out of protest and in support of Keith Olbermann. Thank you.
+15 # James38 2012-04-02 08:18
PLEASE, let us not cut our noses off despite our faces. Olbermann has some good talent and ideas, but he has ego and personality issues that obviously have caused repeated problems with people he works with. Until he gets more mature, and gets over the "power corrupts" problems, he is the one limiting his usefulness to liberal causes.

I wish Gore and Hyatt had been able to be more open about why they fired Olbermann, but they were both being polite and restrained, partly because they didn't want to fuel an unnecessary lawsuit problem. I heard that Olbermann had been derogatory in statements about some of the other employees, and if that is so, I would have fired him as well - after discussing the problems with him and finding no way to get them resolved.

We must not allow overdeveloped emotions about this to make us lose sight of the larger goals we all have. Until you actually know what happened, you need to give Current the benefit of the doubt, and realize that they probably tried everything they could think of to avoid this mess. Don't just blame them for the whole problem and give KO a free pass. He isn't some kind of perfect angel either.
+240 # NanFan 2012-04-01 12:07
There is nothing specific here from Al or Joel as to why they fired Keith. General mission statement goals and "values" can mean anything.
+31 # paulrevere 2012-04-01 13:42
the statement reflects perfectly why Big Al did a tail between the legs bow wow out in the 2000 there there.
+54 # James38 2012-04-01 12:08
Olberman a liberal elitist? I have watched only a few of Olberman's shows, and I have enjoyed most of them. However I have felt that there was something out of focus about them, something that conflicted with the message. I wonder if others who are more familiar with his work might comment on this?

It is a shame, since he is obviously talented, but there appears to be some out-of-control egotism that is hampering his progress as an individual, and makes him inappropriate as a spokesman for the liberal and inclusive part of society.

It is getting obvious, perhaps to everyone but him, that the constant series of conflicts and firings actually means he needs to make some changes. He can't keep on blaming the problems on everyone else.
+25 # Doggone 2012-04-01 12:51
I tend to agree with you, remember, power corrupts. Perhaps that and the ego were interfering with Olberman's better self. But I also agree that Al says next to nothing that is meaningful enough to make me understand the rational behind the firing.
+36 # humactdoc 2012-04-01 13:37
I agree with you James38. Early on, Keith O's intellectual reasoning, observations and analysis have been an invaluable truth amid corporate media vapory. Unfortunately, his broadcast contents became less intellectual and more emotional. Keith has many great gifts but his emotional state interferes with the relationships and reasoning needed to effectively work with and for others.
+18 # sarita.brown1 2012-04-01 16:52
It is getting obvious, perhaps to everyone but him, that the constant series of conflicts and firings actually means he needs to make some changes. He can't keep on blaming the problems on everyone else.

Or maybe he is just not a PC coward and is calling them out. Irritant. Pearl. i stand on this. WE need feisty and not everyone has to get along with it. We need people who stir it up.

I am tired of all the mush that passes as politeness.

give me straight talking, even if i disagree with it.

sarita brown
+11 # James38 2012-04-01 19:25
Sarita, I agree with straight talking, and I despise mushy politeness which so often evades the real points.

I hope Olberman gets his power and emotions under control and becomes a consistent voice for "real reality". His series of conflicts do not seem to come from his clarity, rather from some personal confusion that interferes with his effectiveness.
+158 # isafakir 2012-04-01 12:08
huh? not a word why they fıred hım. just they fired him.
+106 # usedtobesupermom 2012-04-01 12:08
that's a vague reason. Is truth telling against Current's policy? Sometimes the truth hurts- our problem in our government are the Republicans AND the Democrats! That is with the exception of a very FEW.
As Ralph Nader says "the ONLY difference between them is how fast their knees hit the ground for corporate money."
We got to where we are today because of BOTH parties.
+11 # Okieangels 2012-04-01 13:30
Exactly. Current and MSNBC are okay to watch, but have either of them ever mentioned the Green Party Presidential candidates....a t all? Maybe they have, and I just didn't see it, but I doubt it. (Vote Jill Stein for president).
+111 # stonecutter 2012-04-01 12:19
This highly polished, sanitized press release is about as close to the real underlying reasons for canning KO as Willard's last stump speech was to the Gettysburg Address.

If it's true that KO was only pulling about 57,000 Current viewers nightly in the "coveted" 18-34 demographic, it'd be easier for Spitzer to climb Mt. Everest in his undershorts, without oxygen, than to move that number upward where it needs to be headed, in comparison to Bill-O, or even the trailing Ed Shultz. All the puffery in Gore's PR spin about Current's "values" makes me gag in its transparent disingenuousnes s. As I've said before, this is about Benjamins...per iod!

Spitzer was a flop at CNN, but blamed it on his female conservative foil Kathleen Parker, frankly far more attractive than he, and easier on the ears as well as the eyes. What makes Gore think Spitzer can suddenly capture an audience KO could not, on an outlet you have to find with a candle and sonar?

But he's available, and willing, and liberal, especially with his discretionary spending. I'm not laying odds on this lasting very long.
+254 # carp 2012-04-01 12:19
So why did you fire Keith Olbermann?
+26 # Pickwicky 2012-04-01 13:22
Maybe they forgot why?
+27 # Capn Canard 2012-04-01 19:07
Does anyone know why they fired Keith Olbermann?
+76 # gcharouhas 2012-04-01 12:28
This explains almost nothing about the firing of Keith Olbermann. I think his followers deserve better. If not for Mr. Olbermann, Current TV would never have gotten to a place where they can afford to let him go. He brought with him a loyal and enthusiastic audience. Although there surely were legitimate differences between Keith and his employers, to attribute his dismissal to the lack of certain "values" is to invite more speculation and presumption.
+88 # grouchy 2012-04-01 12:33
Al: Get off it! You knew what he was about when you hired him; what his style was, how he operated. So please don't feed us a line that avoids the reasons behind this action! How about a little honesty here.
+60 # riverhouse 2012-04-01 12:39
I think Gore and Current will find this ultimately to be a big mistake. Obermann takes no prisoners and he energizes the progressives of the Democratic Party with his well researched rebuttals to the far right's endless stream of lies. We need that. He was a counterfoil to the FOX nutters. Spitzer is a bore. He has no personality and no vibe. This move makes me wonder if Current will survive without Obermann as draw.
+68 # sark 2012-04-01 12:43
Maybe, just maybe as it is an election year, Olbermann was going to actually report the truth about the gamed and rigged elections and how every electronic voting and vote counting machine in the country can be hacked and/or manipulated with malware. You think, Mr Gore, just maybe? Wouldn't it be refreshing and absolutely in the best interest of the people to finally get to the truth about how politicians are selected via the illusion of elections?
+68 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-04-01 12:47
Al Gore is a total weenie. If you need further proof, he picked Joe Lieberman as his running mate. Can you get any weenier than that. And, by the way, THANKS Al for not contesting Bush v.Gore. That really helped advance our country didn't it.
+43 # hillwright 2012-04-01 12:53
Sort of skipped the WHY bit, eh?

And, what is this "collegiality" thing anyway?
+2 # barbaratodish 2012-04-01 12:58
Ex-Governor Spitzer "has important opinions..." so of course we want to hear him, because we all "know" him practically intimately, thanks to the sex-worker that shared her observations with the world about how he keeps his socks on when having sex!lolwww.dete ctobnoxiousness .com
+13 # annashane 2012-04-01 13:01
Keith is a prima dona, but it was wrong of Al Gore to comment about why he was ditched. Keith just can't get along with anyone over time, he starts trouble, he's like a 7th grader who cannot abide any authority, as soon as he's told what to do, he bristles. Gore always has to be so moral, which is why he gave us Joe Lieberman as his running mate, the guy who voted for Clinton's impeachment. He has to be on the high road here too, and that's sad. Two weird guys who were destined to clash.
+23 # armadillo17 2012-04-01 13:02
What a hoot! All that blather about integrity and whom do they replace Olbermann with? A guy that traffics in flesh peddling!
+23 # SusanR 2012-04-01 15:33
A suggestion:

Watch the documentary Client 9.

Yes, Spitzer hired prostitutes, but that's a far cry from "flesh peddling." There's more to the story than meets the eye, especially if the eye belongs to someone who accepts the mainstream media at face value.
+17 # disgusted American 2012-04-01 17:15
I am certainly no fan of Spitzer b/c he's just another political tool.

However, from what I read back in the days when his sex scandal was touted all over the universe, not long before that he wrote an article which I read (there were probably others and also letters) that forecast the mortgage crisis.

So he had to be discredited somehow so that people woud turn against him a/k/a not believe what he wrote. That's how it works.

But keep in mind that b/c I pointed this out, it doesn't mean that I support his prostitution situation.

Watch the BCC miniseries if you want to see D.C. in action: The State Within. You can get it on two DVDs. I ordered it from my public library but if you can't do this where you live, try Netflix.

Even if you already know how it works, this story will knock your socks off.
-103 # forparity 2012-04-01 13:02
Ah. Why one pompous arrogant full of himself bloviating con-artist fires one pompous arrogant full of himself bloviating & vitriol spewing hate-monger.

Just stretches the imagination.
-65 # carp 2012-04-01 13:03

This attack is the day I quit watching Olbermann and even though I have caught his show on Current I for one am glad he is gone. I appreciate that he attempts to speak of progressive matters he is just as guilty of hyperbole and one sided commentary as is Bill Reilly. I just as soon hear a balanced story as a fake story.
+56 # angelfish 2012-04-01 14:58
Quoting carp:

This attack is the day I quit watching Olbermann and even though I have caught his show on Current I for one am glad he is gone. I appreciate that he attempts to speak of progressive matters he is just as guilty of hyperbole and one sided commentary as is Bill Reilly. I just as soon hear a balanced story as a fake story.

The VERY distinctive difference between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Really is, that KO tells the TRUTH! He doesn't babble manufactured propaganda to try and sway the populace as they do on "Fixed" News! If you watch "Fixed" News, all you GET is Fiction, ie; Fakery (as in: Bull-Puckey!) and Fairy Tales!
+54 # FLAK88 2012-04-01 13:09
Wow; talk about corporate gobbly-goo ! What did he say ? I still have no idea of what happened with Keith !
+19 # disgusted American 2012-04-01 17:07
They got rid of him b/c he was didn't represent progressive values a/k/a he didn't stick to prescribed talking points a/k/a he told the truth.

Gore is a politician. No politician ever wants the daily smoke-and-mirro rs cleared away so that people will truly understand the agenda of the so-called representatives of the American people.

You either stick with their agenda or you're out. That is also how Organizing for Obama meetings are run - at least the one I attended with a friend back in the nat'l health care debacle - scratch that - the national health insurance giveaway to the corporations who wrote Obamacare.

The leader of the meeting holds up a paper with the talking points on it should you say anything that isn't totally in tune with Obama's policies. If you don't follow these orders, you are asked (told) to leave.

Olberman was told to leave.
+33 # higgins 2012-04-01 13:10
Why go to the effort of posting with such an unspecified reason? You have a right to end the relationship, but don't explain with no rationale.
+45 # HaydukeTodd 2012-04-01 13:11
Goodbye Current. I followed Keith from MSNBC to Current and now I will follow him to his next destination. Al shows the same intestinal fortitude he showed when he backed down from the thugs in Florida in 2000.
+54 # Billy Bob 2012-04-01 13:12
I don't care about getting thumbs down for this.

I think it's bad enough that two major voices speaking, in one way or another, for the left are tearing each other apart. I don't see the point in any of us taking sides. Something happened that we weren't in on. We don't know what it was.

I don't know enough to hate either side of the argument. Personally, I think we have enough to face without turning against our own side.
+15 # BradFromSalem 2012-04-01 15:54
Excellent point.
-19 # Capn Canard 2012-04-01 19:21
Billy Bob, I would say that the Left has never been a totally unified party. It is Left, as in left overs, the debris of a failed state, truly the unwashed masses. It is my opinion that the left is made up of all those interests that are not served by the economically powerful, hence it is a coalition of the damned...
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-04-02 12:06
I don't know why you got all those thumbs down for that comment. You're probably right. That's the main advantage the right has over us: THEY ALL AGREE ABOUT EVERYTHING. We each seem to have our pet issues and they don't always fit a larger picture.

Even most right-wingers are liberal about 1 thing. I call is situational liberalism. glenn beck and rush limpo are now liberal about drug treatment, since they're both drug addicts. Darth cheney is liberal about gay rights because his daughter is gay. Junior bush is liberal about immigration because his family hired illegals.

True left-wingers need to find a way to bridge our own differences to compete with the power structure of the right.
+4 # disgusted American 2012-04-01 17:18
Billy Bob,

When you say, "Personally, I think we have enough to face without turning against our own side," you assume that everyone who comments at RSN supports Democrats and Progressives.

Please don't presume that we do. And, btw, that doesn't mean we support Repukes.

Thank you.
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-04-02 12:08
By "our side" I was refering to the left. Most RSN commenters are left-wing. I agree that some aren't.
+48 # nice2blucky 2012-04-01 13:12
Is this a commercial for Current's spring schedule or the reason(s) for firing Keith Olbermann?

There is something suspect about getting rid of such an independent voice heading into a Presidential election season.

This advertisement for Current TV is not a forthright explanation.
+36 # Gailhen 2012-04-01 13:13
What a croc of baloney on the part of Al Gore and what an unmasterful obfuscation of what's really going on. Give me a break and tell the truth just once.
+33 # dnvergrl1301 2012-04-01 13:13
when I first heard that K.O. had been fired, I couldn't believe it. As James 38 said I to only watched Current Tv because of Keith. Now I won't be watching it at all but will certainly miss Keith Olberman. they really scred up when they fired him!
+50 # pbbrodie 2012-04-01 13:13
All this basically says is that they have a personality conflict with KO or, and this appears much more likely, KO won't knuckle under to something they want.

What it doesn't say is anything at all about why they really fired him. It is a complete crock of BS.
+42 # banichi 2012-04-01 13:13
Mr. Gore:

I am sorry to say that so far as relative integrity is concerned, Keith Olbermann's stature far exceeds yours for being willing to go to the wall, tell inconvenient truths, and stand by them. It is a shame that you could not follow up "An Inconvenient Truth" with meaningful actions that reached out to people in even a fraction of the ways and with the impact of Keith Olbermann. You have sold out - for what, I can't be sure.

I won't watch Current TV, nor pay any attention to what you might say in the future, unless you straighten your ass up and behave like a real concerned citizen - like Keith Olbermann.
+46 # dadumdumdada 2012-04-01 13:14
Sigh. I watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann almost every night. Now I'll probably never tune-into Current TV ever again.

Hopefully Keith Olbermann will turn up on another station. My life is less interesting without him.
+17 # cordleycoit 2012-04-01 13:16
What it's about are ratings and money. Gore's liberal vagueness betrays the neeed for control of facts which takes any attempt at find the truth and trashes Current's reason for existence.Right now I cannot find a story that Current outside of Obermann that Current dragged in front of the American People. There seems to be a lot of ring kissing around the Gore which is dangerous for a retired practitioner of politics. Mr. Gore ought to be aware that retired or not politicos are held in same regard as the pimp,the con man and the errant Priest.
+57 # markhalfmoon 2012-04-01 13:18
I'll have to agree with everyone else. A two sentence, 34 word paragraph mixed in with a bunch of PR sunshine does not answer why you fired Keith Olbermann.

You have benefited quite a bit from hanging your hat on the reputation of Keith Olbermann and a good number of your viewers are your viewers because of him.

I think you owe them a bit more of an explanation if you wish for them to remain your viewers.
+39 # KayInMaine 2012-04-01 13:20
Really? No corporate control, but yet, corporations advertise on Current TV! Gees. KO was fired because Current TV wanted to get out of their $50,000,000 contract with him. That's all. They are all for the freedom of speech except for Keith's. Sad. Glad to see KO is going to sue the pants off them...
0 # terrison 2012-04-04 22:51
I think they were just fine with his freedom of speech. In fact, one of the reasons given (not in this silly marketing piece, however) for letting him go was that he wasn't showing up to work often enough to give it (his free speech, that is.) But alas, maybe he will find a more amenable venue?
-7 # SusanR 2012-04-01 13:21
I have to say, I think Spitzer is an excellent choice to replace Olbermann. He's smart, he knows what he's talking about and he talks straight.
+33 # sciencecure 2012-04-01 13:24
Really Al? Your complete non-excuse for firing one of the best spokespersons for the liberal cause is giving me bad deja vu's. I remember killing myself to get the Supreme Court to count the votes in Florida and when their partisan split went for Bush, you disappeared without much comment. Spines are terrible things to waste, however we did get several years of war with Iraq while looking for non-existent WMDs out of the deal.. Since Keith (and a little Granholm) were the only programs I was watching on Current, I'll be getting a couple of hours more sleep each night as I go back to exclusively watching MSNBC.
+30 # shamusokelly 2012-04-01 13:25
What? Regurgitating your mission statement somehow explains the abrupt firing of KO. Best of luck keeping your coveted audience which I for will no longer be in a part of.
+26 # cycleman60 2012-04-01 13:30
I find Gores and Hyatt's comments said very little about why Olbermann was fired. Yes, you said much about Spitzer, but nothing about the What Olbermann did or how he had violated his work with Current. I really loved to hear the style and how Olbermann hit at the core of the Conservative mentality. He is one of a kind and I miss him immensely. Can we get him back, I don't want to hear Spitzer. He has proble with trust credibility.
+5 # dick 2012-04-01 13:32
There appears to be little mystery here. Although brilliant, gutsy, & entertaining, Keith is a ROYAL pain in the ass. Like the time Dan Rather walked off stage pouting. Keith became more of a pouting diva than a modest, humble, egalitarian pundit. It was ALL about him. Why else would he risk his show & give Rush, Bill, & Rupert the pleasure of watching him self destruct? Over "technical glitches." Keith, you gave O'Really a mighty cheap win.
Olbermann should devote the weekend to soul searching & then reach out to Al. Patch it up. Now is NOT the time for this.
This is NOT ego wrestling. It is America's future. C'mon, Keith. You know we love ya. Come back Keith, come back. Rupert's gloating. Get your priorities straight. It's all about US, right?
+30 # kingbaby123 2012-04-01 13:38
Keith was one of the few MSM journalists we could listen to with some sense that there was still a modicum of truth in our Media. Current is currently off my TV ..... I'll probably just watch RT News.
+31 # angelfish 2012-04-01 13:40
Shot yourself in the foot again, Al! Firing Kieth is the SECOND dumbest thing you ever did! Current will cease to flow and dry up without his sane, intelligent, insightful and REAL commentary! Give me the man who marches to the beat of a DIFFERENT Drummer!
+11 # MitchelCohen 2012-04-01 13:40

I published an essay, "Listen Gore: Some Inconvenient Truths about the Politics of Environmental Crisis," which you can access here:

Gore, like Barack Obama and other Democrats supposedly concerned with saving the environment, propose false corporate-based solutions for what they call the “energy crisis”. They want to:

1) Build new nuclear power plants and centralized (so that they could meter it) “sustainable energy” projects;

2) Utilize coal gassification, liquification technologies (“clean” coal), and carbon sequestration;

3) Expand the use of agro-fuels, which in the U.S. means ethanol from genetically engineered corn;

- MORE -
+16 # MitchelCohen 2012-04-01 15:02

4) Block emission agreements unless they are based on free-market trade in pollution credits (carbon-trading);

5) Promote “green” capitalism and consumption;

6) Extract dirty oil from tar sands and natural gas by hydro-fracturin g, at the expense of the water supply and the likely generation of earthquakes;

7) engage in endless wars for oil and empire (using “fighting terrorism“ as a pretext).

Together, these projects are built upon false “solutions” for saving the environment.

Keith Olbermann was exposing all of those, and more. As election season comes around, it is likely that Gore doesn't want to provide access to the air for someone like Keith, whose blistering critique of the Democrats matches his blasts at the Republicans.

Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens/Green Party
+26 # Doctoretty 2012-04-01 13:41
I have commented on this on other blogs already. However, based on some of the comments here, I need to reiterate my opinion. I so agree with James38. I have been an Olberman fan for 4 years. I loved him on MSNBC, and although I did not think he was quite as good on Current, I still enjoyed him. But obviously what he is on air differs from his personality off air. He seems to have had more problems with his bosses since he lost his father last year. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but whatever it is, I sincerely hope he deals with it because I hate to lose his insights and his wit.
+33 # msteadt 2012-04-01 13:49
Nothing against Eliot Spitzer, but he's no Keith Olbermann. Whatever problems there may have been between Keith and management, they should have been worked out. Who watches Current TV without Keith??? Hell.... I don't even get the channel with my cable service. I subscribed to the Olbermann podcasts!! Good luck staying relevant.
+20 # Peace Anonymous 2012-04-01 13:49
Sounds like a press release from FOX.
+15 # Vermont Grandma 2012-04-01 13:56
Elliot Spitzer is NOT "Governor Spitzer" as Al Gore's column states at the end of the next to last paragraph. Just the same as neither George Bush is any long "President Bush."
Apparently Mr. Gore (and many others in the media) never got the message that once you leave office you are "citizen" Spitzer, or Gore, or Clinton, or Bush. This lack of understanding and continuation of the making of royalty out of old office holders alone should be enough to discount Mr. Gore's "explanation" and assurances.
+9 # mrevans1 2012-04-01 14:00
As I mentioned before here, Keith Olbermann was Terminated by those Idiots at currenttv because he was Embarrasing The Totally Corrupted Former Democratic Party,Now Called The Dumbshitocrapic Party of Evil,Greedy Fascist Criminals.
Our Voice of Reason and Truth was Fired because he Refused To Bow Down To The Evil,Souless Greedy Control-Freakin g Reptillians and Refused to Host Any/All of the Disgusting Reptillian Sicko BS Primarys wherein I Stand Behind Him for Refusing to be Any Part of that Madness. Way To Go Keith.
We Do Not Have 2 Parties Anymore Sports Fans.Like I mentioned in my previous letter here,We Now Have 1 Grand Old Boy Fascist Party of Complete Corruption where they all Bow To The Idols of Greed and Fsscist Corruption.
Keith Olbermann was Exposing Them and Their Lies and Fraud on a Daily Basis and Spineless Sellout Al Gore Was Pressured By Evil,Greedy Faux Dem Forces To Termanate Keith because he was Embarrasing Them and Their Lies and Criminal Actions and he was Exposing Manchurian Candidate Obusha for the Faux-Fraud Dem that he is,who is a Rich 1%er and Stooge for the Evil,Greedy Control-Freakin g Fascist Criminal Reptillians.
I Too had currenttv added to my CableTV Package just so that I could watch Keith Olbermann's Show Countdown and Not for Cenk or Grandholm,and now that Sellout Al had Fired Him I will have currenttv Removed from my Cable Package because he was the Only Reason I watched currenttv.
James in Clovis CA..93611.
+32 # DonnaMarshOConnor 2012-04-01 14:00
This sounds like the kind of hedging that masks the real reason because it would not be to the writer's benefit the facts. The bottom line: Olbermann did more to help elect Democrats than any Democrats have done since 9/11.

His oratory is essential in a nation victimized by its own reliance upon soundbite. I miss Keith Olbermann, not the celebrity, but the man willing to engage in and promote courageous discourse.

Perhaps that is why Mr. Gore fired him.
+27 # rhgreen 2012-04-01 14:01
As one commenter says, I am sorry but there is very little here about why you fired Keith. Which of the values (respect, openness, collegiality, loyalty to your viewers) were no longer reflected in your relationship with him? And whichever it was, what did he do or say that caused that? It seems to me that this sort of explanation is worthy of a Kafka novel.
+27 # svaldez724 2012-04-01 14:04
so why was he fired?
+20 # HooverBush 2012-04-01 14:10
Well Al, I was glad KO was able to help your channel, and I was sad that Bush (#2--the moron) took the Whitehouse from you.
However now I see that you deserved the beating Bush gave you, and you deserve the beating KO is going to give you.

Seems nearly all of us found Current for the first time, while looking for Countdown, and now we will all leave!!!!

Congrats Al.
+23 # Gootarama 2012-04-01 14:12
Guess I'm not alone in thinking that 1) you messed up and 2) your justification was a non-justificati on. In Cincinnati I can't even get Current on my top tier of Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Cable, and I've been after them for months to subscribe. I've been having to stream it on the internet (yes, the one you created). Cinci Bell will be glad I'll no longer be bothering reason to now that KO is gone. Hey Al, stick to Global Warming, leave broadcasting to someone else.
+21 # David Starr 2012-04-01 14:23
As other posters have alluded to, what are the specifics to firing Keith Olbermann? Not only is there really no justification mentioned; what is said is rather vague and limp. But then, the bulk of this notice comes off more as an advertising plug than anything else. Is it correct to say that this is a neoLiberal-like purge because Olbermann behaved actually progressive to the point of going beyond the bourgois, idelogical constraints that both neoLiberals and neoConservative s are beholden too? Is Current really progressive? Or is it a streak of progressivism dominated by neoLiberal rule?
+12 # ncporcaro 2012-04-01 14:31
Oh this is pure babal. And you Al, so concerned with the environment. The daily polution level will certainly improve now with Spitzer in? Give me a break! You couldn't handle the maverick.
+26 # sue1102 2012-04-01 14:32
So, Mr. Gore - you really are still just a politician; you write a lot but say nothing! It seems to me that Mr. Olbermann was fired for getting bronchitis earlier this year and taking off sick time because of it - isn't that what Republicans want to do to the rest of us?
Please explain in English not in politician-spea k
+9 # sarapy 2012-04-01 14:35
i truly understand why the hero of love story, the inventor of internet, had to let this old fashioned commentator seek new waves. let's face it : every friday, keith read to us - did you ever see rush limbaugh read ? you just don't do that on al's watch. you gotta keep up the hype "i invented internet !" or something more romantic, "love story was based on me (and incidentally my ex, but it was really all about me)..." too bad no one understands you al, maybe you should stand up when you have something to - what's that ? you are standing ? i meant meta-phor-ickky , you know, grow a pair ! you dumped keith cause he was tooooo much, unpredictable, and with his amazing (false) humility, he had guests that are excellent. yottso ain't bad, he is intelligent, (personnally don't care if he pays for it, unless there is someone hurt, who cares ?), and he is "smooooth"... no argument about his qualities... but "it's the nail that sticks out that gets the hammer on its head" and thus keith was smashed... bye bye current tv... perhaps i'll grab a show with yottso, dunno... i'll be searching out keith, that is for sure !
+5 # ericlipps 2012-04-02 07:51
Once and for all (though this story will rise again like Dracula, I’m sure, no matter how many stakes are pounded through its heart), Al Gore never claimed to have “invented the Internet,” but only to have championed legilation in Congress which helped the fledgling Net prosper. The more expansive claim was apparently the work of a sloppy reporter, and was eagerly picked up by a press corps bitterly hostile to Gore. So put this one away, people.
As for “Love Story,” author Erich Segal has acknowledged that Gore, whom he knew personally, was indeed an inspiration (though not the only one) for the key male character in the novel.
Neither point, of course, is relevant to the question of why Keith Olbermann was fired. But apparently attacking Gore is easier for Olberfanns than acknowledging that their hero (whose poplitical commentary I enjoyed) was a prickly personality and apparently unprofessional in his work habits. Current TV had the right to fire him for the latter, and if he sues as he’s threatening to do the odds are he’ll lose.
+3 # Daisy 2012-04-02 23:23
Truth is that Gore did indeed pushed the internet usage considerably. Not only by litigation but thru the WH website. I noticed that W's website was not too detailed. I had the opportunity to view the Clinton WH website as part of a research project for work. Unfortunately Cheney et al decided that feeding any info to the public was purely unnecessary and counterproducti ve to their aims.
0 # mrevans1 2012-04-01 14:36
Keith Olbermann was Terminated by those Idiots at currenttv because he was Embarrasing The Totally Corrupted Former Democratic Party,Now Called The Dumbshitocrapic Party of Evil,Greedy Fascist Criminals.
Our Voice Truth was Fired because he Refused to Bow Down To The Evil,Souless Greedy Control-Freakin g Reptillians and Refused to Host Any/All of the Disgusting Reptillian Sicko BS Primarys wherein I Stand Behind Him for Refusing to be Any Part of that Madness. Way To Go Keith.:-)
We Do Not Have 2 Parties Anymore Sports Fans. Like I mentioned in my previous letter here, We Now Have 1 Grand Old Boy Fascist Party of Complete Corruption where they all Bow To The Idols of Greed and Fsscist Corruption.
Keith Olbermann was Exposing Them and Their Lies and Fraud on a Daily Basis and Spineless Sellout Al Gore Was Pressured By Evil,Greedy Faux Dem Forces To Termanate Keith because he was Embarrasing Them and Their Lies and Criminal Actions and he was Exposing Manchurian Candidate Obusha for the Faux-Fraud Dem that he is,who is a Rich 1%er and Stooge for the Evil,Greedy Control-Freakin g Fascist Criminal Reptillians.
I Too had currenttv added to my CableTV Package just so that I could watch Keith Olbermann's Show Countdown and Not for Cenk or Grandholm,and now that Sellout Al had Fired Him I will have currenttv Removed from my Cable Package because he was the Only Reason I watched currenttv.
James in Clovis CA..93611.
+16 # 2wmcg2 2012-04-01 14:50
Why? Why? That question hasn't been answered.
+18 # NormRichardson 2012-04-01 15:18
You say you are going to tell us "why": Because we did not have the same VALUES?....THAT IS NOT TELLING US ANYTHING! That is a cover up! We are not CHILDREN!!!.... ..PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
-6 # speedboy 2012-04-01 15:28
I always felt that KO (the messenger) thought he was more important then the message---and that's probably what got him fired.
Current should have hired a REAL investigative reporter to replace him---Matt Taibbi. The GOP and big money would put a hit on Matt if they thought they could get away with it!
+22 # silvanet 2012-04-01 15:33
"also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality..."

??? I take it the only applicable terms here are "respect" and "collegiality."

Respect for whom? Has anybody paid any attention to the utter lack of respect that comes out of Fox and all the Right Wing no matter what source? Their lack of respect comes even from elected officials and even sitting Supreme Court Justices. Collegiality? Really? That's embarrassing.

Has anybody ever heard Cenk Uygur? Maybe I shouldn't mention him. Current wil soon be firing him, too! I think I know what they'd like. Maybe they should get someone as bland and inoffensive to the Right as Chris Matthews.

Keith should be proud to have been fired by both MSNBC and Current. Kudos to him.
+19 # grindermonkey 2012-04-01 15:37
Looks like the CIA and the NSA finally got their man. Too bad, Keith, you were a breath of fresh air, sometimes hot air, but fresh nevertheless.
+20 # chewah 2012-04-01 15:37
Al, what a waste of ink! I'm sure KO went to Current TV with a lot of energy and ideas, but was quickly thwarted by a "cable access" mentality and a couple of uptight yuppies. Current TV disappointed me with its inferior sets, poor audio and lighting. And I kept waiting for other programs to enhance your "network". Finally we got the TYT, eventually the Governor and then Eliot. But he came on in Keith's slot on the infamous Friday and caused me to wonder WTF. The next day I find Keith's toast. Well, I guess I'll catch him on Letterman Tuesday and maybe Maher and a few other shows.

Too bad you don't really have the cojones to put together a legit cable station--after all, you can only do so much with all those marginal documentaries. In the meantime I'll go back to Ed, Rachel, Lawrence and others on MSNBC.
+5 # disgusted American 2012-04-01 17:35

By watching MSNBC, you won't get the truth about what's going on. You'll get the usual political posturing and a lot of rhetoric by invited "expert" this one and that one (self-proclaime d experts) who don't know the facts and also stick to the Dems' talking points. Fox does the same but for Repukes.

So if listening on MSNBC to people dis Republicans ad nauseaum night after night allows you to sleep well, perhaps that is because you can't handle the scary truth about what is happening to we the people and this once-great nation. Yet, you see everyday what is really happening to your friends, neighbors and others in your community and across the nation.

People like to sleep well. That was the philosophy behind that Third Reich. So it knew that whatever it did, the majority of people would pretend it really wasn't happening.

Read the chapter title: Accepting the Truth in the book: Holocaust by Bullets.

National leaders study people reactions throughout history to plan their modus operandi. All is not what is appears to be.
-17 # disgusted American 2012-04-01 17:44

You won't get anything from Ed, Rachel, Lawrence and others on MSNBC except a lot of poltical posturing a/k/a dissing Repukes.

None of these people told the truth during the Obamacare year-long debacle. They all stuck to the Dems' talking points which didn't tell you what is actually going to happen to you once Obamacare kicks in unless it is quashed.

Yet they could have done their homework on the bills and informed you of the truth about Obamacare. And they could have also told you about all the people and small businesses in MA who are being harmed by this unsustainable nightmare b/c the MA plan is the underlying model for Obamacare. But they did neither. They stuck to the prescribed talking points and faux stats from MA powerbrokers.

They posture for the blue side of the aisle just like Fox does for the red side.

Corporations run these nightly talking heads so truth is not part of the agenda. Also, they have not looked into things themselves so don't really know what they are talking about except very general stuff.
+15 # Carbonman1950 2012-04-01 19:28
It is clear from you assertion that you did not watch or listen to the Rachel Maddow Show, which is the only MSNBC show I attend to, because she CONSTANTLY departed and departs from the Democratic Party talking points. She points out their policy weaknesses and inconsistencies as well a their tactical failings and hypocrisy. She frequently criticizes the Democratic Party for being short sighted and spineless.

During the Healthcare Debate the produced the ACA, more often than not she disagreed with the Obama Administration' s position, and without agreeing with much of it, help her viewers understand why the Obama Administration was doing what it was doing.

She does disagree with the few Republicans who are willing to appear on her show, but only once have I seen her "diss" one of them and that time she was severely provoked.

You may be, as I am, disgusted , but that does not give you license to be dishonest.
+2 # Innocent Victim 2012-04-01 16:37
Mr Gore: You are not worth your father's shoe-leather!
+10 # caniscandida 2012-04-01 16:46
Dear Al Gore,

I think the world of you, I wish you had become our president in 2000, as you deserved, and I love you for your environmental leadership, e.g. in "An Inconvenient Truth," a copy of which I have and treasure.

And so, as your good friend, I feel I can tell you, I strongly dislike the weak passive voice assertion here:

these values are no longer reflected in our relationship

Mr.Olbermann is a good friend too, and a hero. You can do better than this, by way of silencing a hero.
+8 # drush 2012-04-01 16:56
I just can't imagine being fired by Al Gore, The man that could have been president if he had respected the people that respected him, trusted him enough to vote for him.
He gave up. If he had fought for us, it wasn't up to him to take it to the supremes, he would be fighting for the fighter Olbermann not firing him.
+3 # lloydapianoman 2012-04-01 17:05
Mr. Vice President:
I admire you very much. I wish you were part of the discourse. But isn't it true that we need someone who is going to be the liberal/progres sive foil to the Fox News wrecking crew? Olbermann was not my favorite, as he seemed to become more and more embittered as the years wore on--but he's sharp and well-informed.
We plea with you to bring him back to CURRENT TV, which I like enormously. I have loved the documentaries here, and feel cleansed watching the liberal viewpoint on this channel.
And, if I may say so--many wish you were President of the United States. But since you're not--why don't you host your own show on Current!!!!!
With admiration (mixed with regret about the issues enumerated in your op-Ed) and respect?
Lloyd Arriola
+3 # Carbonman1950 2012-04-01 17:33
Firing is a personnel matter. There are many many many legal restraints on what a former employer can legally make public in personnel matters, especially after an employee is fired.
I was hoping to hear more. My prurient interest in all the details is just as big as anyone's, but really what can they say? KO is likely to sue them, so the best course is to say as little as possible.
I admire & enjoy Olbermann. It's great to listen to him flay some ignorant right-wing windbag, but it's obvious that he shares many character traits with another very popular political talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh.
They both have very high opinions of themselves. They have rabid followers. They ask for & get big money for what they do. They are very talented, entertaining radio commentators with big personalities. Although, it seems that Limbaugh is easier to get along with as an "employee" and KO's long and well documented history of friction and pyrotechnic firings forces me to give Current TV the benefit of the doubt.

As to the "inferior sets, poor audio and lighting" Current TV is still a "budget" operation & Mr. O knew that going in. It takes much more than "cojones" to finance a cable channel, it takes money, so I imagine, that if Mr. O's show had been attracting the advertisers and outlets required to pay him, expand the viewership, & pay for the technical upgrades, Current TV would have found a way to put up with him.
+2 # stonecutter 2012-04-01 17:35
In this case, as far as Al Gore is concerned, the truth is inconvenient.
-5 # James38 2012-04-01 22:55
Wow, stone, no propaganda in your agenda, huh? Certainly glad you chimed in with your god-like certainty. Don't forget to let us all know the absolute truth about everything else, please.
+3 # stonecutter 2012-04-02 06:30
I am not "god-like". I am god. I promise to let you, James 38, know the absolute truth, as soon as Al Gore tells ME.
+4 # ckosuda 2012-04-01 17:40
strangely besides the point , eh?

by the way, you might want to make yourself more available to potential viewers -

how come Comcast/Xfinity in Oregon of all places will not carry your channel?

can't you get involved in this ???

with all your money and power? jeez.

Love Keith - Spitzer is disgusting in so many ways - he is no replacement for anything -

refuse to watch him under any circumstances, don't care how much his wife "forgave" him - he is unforgivable.
+4 # James38 2012-04-01 22:57
Ah, another dispenser of wisdom. You sound just like a christian, all forgiving and cheek-turning. Must be good to know more than the rest of us.
+4 # lifetimeliberal 2012-04-01 17:44
As a long time fan of Keith's we followed him to Current and enjoyed his show even more than when he was on MSNBC, but he was MIA so much of the time! I can imagine a boss getting frustrated with someone who's gone and needing to be replaced as frequently as Keith was. I was frustrated and I wasn't paying him millions of dollars! Stephanie Miller and Bill Press are fantastic and will be great additions to the Current line up. I am not going to write them off when they can give us that quality. Currently Bill Press is on our local radio at midnight and Stephanie disappeared from her morning show when Clear Channel took over our progressive station in San Francisco (along with Tomm Hartman who got moved to late at night as well). I miss hearing both, so am excited for their new shows. Come on people, give them a try before you condemn. Keith will show up somewhere else and you can always go back to him if you aren't hooked on these two by then.
+4 # Cabbagehead 2012-04-01 17:49
I don't watch TV of any kind, so maybe Idon't have a vote, but I have followed KO on various blogs. No doubt he will find his interviews on various talk shows repeated on the blogs. Al, you screwed yourself again, with a big bundle at stake. Think Alexander Cockburn, Matthew Rothschild, Rachel Maddow, Katha Pollit. Consider the stature of Carey McWilliams or Studs Terkel. Reach for the stars, not the gutter.
0 # chizables 2012-04-01 18:14
I like Keith okay, but I don't think I'd want to work with him.
+13 # Caballero69 2012-04-01 18:41

You blew it. KO may be difficult to work with, but he has spoken when others have kept silent. He has stood up when others stood by.

I hoped for better from you and your organization.

Sooner later, a prophet must be honored in his own land and time. You of all people should understand this.
-5 # SusanR 2012-04-01 19:12
If Eliot Spitzer doesn't work out, maybe they could try Bill Clinton:
+7 # Sarek 2012-04-01 19:23
To Al,

Bah, humbug! Your statement used words, but had no substance in them. You are too used to talking much and saying little. I would have expected more from you!
+6 # chewah 2012-04-01 19:40
Like I said, "Why waste the ink?" Al. You can't really say why you fired KO, cojones or not, that will come up in the subsequent lawsuit. And apparently you do not have the money to operate a descent cable channel as demonstrated by the poor lighting, poor audio, poor sets and not being available on a lot of cable or satellite services.

On another note, judging by the number of those who would rather skewer KO than support his message and style, it seems the Repugs need to take all the shots they can at the liberal messengers, including volleys at Ed, Rachel and Lawrence, TYTs, Jennifer and Eliot as well. While none may be perfect, they speak the truth.
+13 # Tulsagerry 2012-04-01 19:51
Damn it! Freedom of Speech was Keith! Through his words, years ago on MSNBC I became cognizant real resistance, of SOMEONE who wasn't afraid of anyone, especially GWBush, Teabaggers , you name it! Hell, I'm 64 and the man gave me courage! TOTALLY CHANGED my politics! What's wrong with you people? Chicken? I'll still watch, maybe, but you ripped my heart out!
+7 # nordup 2012-04-01 20:33
This is all quite interesting, but also, for me, quite moot. I'm not able to get Current, as I suspect is the case for many others. This lack of access may be Current's biggest problem.
+5 # drew 2012-04-01 20:59
People, people ... take a deep breath! I liked Olberman too and true, there isn't much explanation here, but who cares?!? At a time when the planet is dying and the real Axis of Evil (Fox news, hate radio, Republican politicians) is tearing our formerly great Country apart at the seams and the mainstream media has so failed us ... we need truth in the media more than ever, NOT this circular firing squad around some petty personality conflict! Save your anger for the real villains.
-1 # terrison 2012-04-04 23:01
Thank you!
+7 # rippe53 2012-04-01 21:18
Al Gore. The fellow who thought Joe Lieberman would be a good running mate in 2000. Who didn't really discover The Environment until 3 years after he lost his presidential bid. Now, Al Gore, the guy who fires one of the most honest and articulate lefties on the air. (formerly on the air) Al Gore. The man who doesn't think we deserve an explanation for this outrage.
+10 # michele6933 2012-04-01 21:38
If Current believes that Press + Miller + Spitzer = Olbermann, they are in error, 3 bantam weights won't equal Keith's biting talent & presence .Want Progressives with brains ? Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader, Denis Kucinich, Noam Chomsky et al come to mind, and there are others . Bye Bye Current
+6 # lark3650 2012-04-02 08:30
You are exactly right, Michele6933. Anyone that has a brain is considered difficult to deal with because they are,like Ross Perot said, the sand that iritates the oyster...trying to make that pearl. If Oprah wants to save her Network, she may want to consider adding Keith et al to her line-up.
-5 # davidiste 2012-04-01 21:40
Olberman is a talented though difficult personality to manage. He wants to sue Current, just decreases the chances of anyone else employing him, there's always trouble around him. Bottom line if Current was making lots of money because of KO he might still be there, and they might have continued to spend bundles at his whim. But he was not as effective on Current and didn't produce the swell in viewer ship that might translate into other revenue gains and permit Current management to do it all Keith's way. He is talented but difficult. His cost must have been greater then his benefits.
+9 # lark3650 2012-04-02 08:02
I don't think Keith is difficult....I think Keith stands up for what he believes in .....even if he has to stand alone.
-1 # thamspx1 2012-04-01 22:17
While I appear to be in the minority, I quite agree with management that Keith Olbermann was not delivering up to expectations. In the first month that he was on current, he seemed to have been absent 50% of the time. When I watch a daily show, I expect that reporter/commen tator to be there when the show is scheduled unless he is ill. Further, the old Keith would report facts and data that one would not hear on CNN, Fox, or the broadcast media. The last straw was when Olbermann started to read James Thurber every Friday night as if his viewers were not sufficiently literate to read James Thurber for themselves if they liked James Thurber. To me, that was lazy journalism. Just fill out the last portion of your show by reading some unrelated story to your illiterate audience. I even sent the James Thurber Reader to a friend who thought that it was wonderful for Keith to read him, as a joke. So, thank you Al Gore for hiring someone who has a record of investigating government, and understanding of politics, and who is willing to show up every day. And to Keith, "Godspeed!"
-1 # JayMagoo 2012-04-01 22:31
I worked for newspapers for nearly 30 years, and the one rule most of us did not forget was the the man who owns the paper ultimately decides what goes into it. The same goes with TV news shows. Olbermann was becoming like a popular newspaper columnist in that he was starting to believe that he could do anything he wanted, and if the publisher objected or tried to tone his stuff down or get him to change his focus, he was the "star," and he'd made enough noise and the publisher would back down. Sorry, Keith. It might work that way for a while, but a prima donna can always be replaced, and will soon be forgotten. Al Gore in my book is a very smart guy and won't be pushed around by Olbermann's posturing and temper tantrums. Al Gore knows what he wants, and Olbermann wasn't delivering. The man who signs you paycheck makes the rules. First, last, and always.

And I'm amused at all of the trolls who are commenting negatively on Al Gore's decision and lack of details, as if they are getting their chance to take cheap shots at Al Gore. Al Gore doesn't owe anything to Olbermann, and I don't particularly care what Olbermann has to say. He apparently thinks his fans will get him rehired. Don't hold your breath, Keith.
+12 # MrVester 2012-04-01 22:33
As far as I'm concerned, I was sick of the cr@p coming out Fox and every other "News" source I turned to before Keith started at MSNBC. As one who's political leanings are far left of Michael Moore's, I found Keith a breath of fresh air in an America of heavily polluted airwaves. I admit, I didn't like his whole show. I thought some of the goofier parts were a waste of time, but I loved the way he stood up to the bullying of Bill O. and the rest of the right wing comedians/enter tainers-- who I have nothing against, in so far as I respect the 1st amendment. It's the dittoheads and the people (I use the term loosely, sheeple is a better word,) that listen and believe the garbage of these so called analysts that really really bum me out. I don't listen to or believe everything Keith says, but at least he's trying to balance the playing field. Certainly that is a noble gesture if nothing else. I mean who believes anything they hear on TV or coming out of a politician's mouth anyway. I thought truth in advertising got thrown out with the bath water when advertising first started with barkers and con men selling elixirs. Al, you might have a good reason to fire Keith, but this wasn't it. If you think that we the people are not worthy of hearing an inconvenient truth as it pertains to this subject, then. . . well, you know. Bottom line here is unfortunately credited to another bu## wipe. Al, "You're either with us or against us." Tell the truth.
+10 # KonaProgressives 2012-04-01 23:02
I won't be watching Current TV without Keith Olbermann anymore. He was the only reason I watch Current anyway.
+5 # Activista 2012-04-01 23:18
it is ALL about pro Obama election propaganda - Keith Olbermann did not march 100% to the PARTY line.
"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."
only good news is PARTY news (aka propaganda). USA is total totalitarian state - this is news.
+10 # Uncle Bill 2012-04-01 23:26
I guess I will be joining the ranks of the Olberman fans who will not be watching Current TV in the future.

My respect for Al Gore has evaporated.
+9 # fdawei 2012-04-02 00:06
Gore and Hyatt probably cannot reveal why they fired Olbermann, since there will be litigation and they don't want to reveal their hand. Perhaps there's an inconvenient truth that needs clarifying, and we are all eagerly waiting for it.
Gore and Hyatt have become less of who they once were or who they pretended to be.
Current TV is no longer viable with Spitzer and the rest of the motley crew.
0 # unitedwestand 2012-04-02 04:11
I think you are all being too tough on everybody here. I love Olbermann and I'm saddened that this arrangement did not work out. I did read an article with more details on why it didn't work out and many reasons had to do with Keith wanting ridiculous accommodations including limousine service that he was never happy with. Some reasons were probably due to Keith wanting a more professional station. He was livid when one night the lights went out during his broadcast, he refused to work on nights when they wanted him to work, such as the night of Super Tuesday primaries.

I think that some of the new line-up should be good and could be fun with Stephanie Miller and Bill Crest. Spitzer is not as colorful as Keith, but give him a break.

Mr. Gore did give a reason, short but to the point: "collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers."
+13 # wullen 2012-04-02 04:32
No doubt Keith has a history of not being able to play with the other kids. But.... I'm betting that's usually because he doesn't sell out easily.
Perhaps if you had had the same courage and strength of character when you stopped the Florida vote count Mr. Gore, we would have never had George Bush ruining our country for 8 years.
+8 # erogers 2012-04-02 07:42
Al Gore the gutless one. You caved in yet again. You had eight years as VP to do something positive, you did nothing. You talk but never follow up by truly becoming involved. Always on the fringe, the perfect REMF. Now you had someone who would walk the talk and you dump him. I say dump Al Gore and keep Keith Olbermann. Please keep Algore in a closet, all talk, no walk.
+6 # panhead49 2012-04-02 09:16
Meh, I fired Gore in 2000 when I voted for Nader. I'll follow Keith. Hope you pop up some place soon KO, love that fire in the belly.
+3 # sarita.brown1 2012-04-02 10:06
i think that we have reached the level of uncivility that makes life really hard in the USA.. the simple truth is that when there are personality conflicts, as seems to be the case here and differing opinion about tone, then there will be a parting of the ways. i find that an unfortunate part of the AMerican persona that we cannot disagree without being disagreeable. And aa a practicing liberal Christian, i do take exception to the word Christian being used to describe someone unpleasant. There are more kinds of Christians in the world than right wing fundamentalists as there are other kinds of muslims in the world than fundamentalist jihadists. just sayin.. ( this last bit is in response to a comment made by James 38.
-1 # BatOutOfHell 2012-04-02 10:31
Keith's not blameless here. His ego got the better of him.
When KO signed on for Current, he KNEW it was a new and didn't have the infrastructure or reach that even MSNBC did. He CHOSE to join the network and was supposed to help build it.
He knew the problems going in. He chose the studio location knowing it was inadequate. And then he sulked like a petulant child at times, not showing up for work - frequently. He was absent, what, 13 of 22 working days in January? During the primaries?
Al Gore is to blame as well. He's hardly a media genius, though his heart is in the right place. One would have thought that these male egos could have found a way to make it work. They are BOTH poorer for not being together.
But it isn't too much unlike Air America - where a bunch of white guys got together thinking they were media geniuses because they had money. It takes more than money to be successful in the media biz.
And Gore has made major mistakes as well. When he started Current, his business plan was to go after the 18-24 demo. Seriously Al? When the world was crying out for truth in News, you wanted to go after kids. You don't target truth to a demographic.
Both parties in this are to blame. But try getting male egos to see both sides and compromise is a difficult thing.
And they say women are emotionally unstable.
+9 # sue1102 2012-04-02 13:45
You call it emotionally unstable; I call it sticking to your beliefs and not being wishy-washy and putting up with things that aren't right! I wish everybody could be as "emotionally unstable" as Keith is, this country would be in better shape!!!
+9 # mtuitele 2012-04-02 10:48
The ONLY reason I watched "Current" was KO's move to the network. I am not taking sides here, but I think you lost a huge audience with this move. Like Grandpa always said, there's your side, his side and the truth. We'll find out when this goes to court. Sad, indeed. Good luck to all parties. Still love you, KO!
+4 # TNTruth 2012-04-02 11:10
Al and Joel : "Now That We Dun Gone Ahead and Dunnit, Let's Milk this Exposure and Try to Git us a Lit'l Free Advertisement (Sorry 'bout that sucker-punch Keith.We knew exactly what you do and how we would use you to help make us a real money-makin' machine. We figured you knew what we were; just reglar ol'corprit bidness guys. If you bought that stuff about a'new voice';hot damn, boy; this is 'bout money and us, not you or your 'oberheads'..:- D we jus thought that'n up...hold on..we're laughin so hard our booze is cumin out our nose.....we..." Their story doesn't get any better; just more despicable. Al and Joel will not get this at all, but the very few out there like Keith, often times don't settle; and the outcome for them may not be close to normal bid'ness!
+4 # cynnibunny 2012-04-02 12:33
Wow! Isn't it obvious to Mr. Gore that no-answer is a big answer. He really has nothing to share with us about Olbermann's departure.

It boggles the mind how the media in general, and the 'alternative' media in particular, are missing the most important point: even if Keith is a raging asshole personally, even if he is the most difficult prima-dona to deal with, people should be giving him a venue to speak. AND those that are using him just to boost numbers and profits - those people are only going to make their goals obvious to all: that for-profit media companies, including Current, cannot and will not represent 'really' what is going on with the average Joe/Joan. They are only trying to make money on an alternative to the Fox noise channel.

If people see a parallel with 'our democratic-look ing two-party system', good morning!

"The Revolution will not be televised...."
0 # minkdumink 2012-04-02 21:47
"The Revolution will not be televised...." wouldnt want to bet on that would you? and with lite beer commercials too I would think.No ones going to miss a chance to make a buck here no matter what it is.
+3 # minkdumink 2012-04-02 18:02
pretty simple actually, he got fired cause he wasnt the boss.
+3 # pernsey 2012-04-03 14:38
Yeah there isnt any where in this article that states why he was fired. What he did or said to get its a pretty non-relevant piece if you ask me.

Can you say damage control?
+4 # pernsey 2012-04-03 14:38
I hope Keith O turns up on another channel, one where you dont have to pay to watch him!
-1 # New Connie 2012-04-03 22:47
I don't understand why so many people seem to be so surprised that this letter doesn't really tell why KO was really fired! Haven't any of you ever had someone in your workplace get fired? They CAN'T tell you the reason why they fired him, it isn't professional and there is a lawsuit pending. They only wrote the letter at all because people wouldn't let it rest.
+1 # 2012-04-04 09:39
Apparently you don't "respect" me enough to have the "openness", "collegiality" and "loyalty" to tell me the truth.
+1 # CMaxon 2012-04-04 13:33
I know Al Gore got PTSD with the 2000 Supreme Court decision. Keith Olberman is the only corporate -free truth to be found anywhere. I certainly don't want to watch Fox News and I wanted him to tell me about their lies and atrocities. But you in your sick thinking made him stop "Worse Person in the World". I will never watch anything on Current again. All I have is Rachel Maddow and she is still Corporate controlled. Am I glad such a wuss as Al Gore didn't get to be President. You are responsible for the destruction of our society and government! With no truth reported, how does anybody know?
+2 # dkonstruction 2012-04-04 14:28
the most telling thing about so many of the comments in this thread is how many folks still think Al Gore is or ever was truly a "progressive." He as the VP for a president that brought us the financial deregulation that enabled the large banks to become the criminal enterprises that they turned into (if they were not always so) -- read Matt Taibbi's reports if you have any doubt or think this is mere hyperbole -- and which ultimately caused the foreclosure and broader financial crisis that we continue to suffer through (and will for years since Obama hired the very same people that caused the problem to "fix" the problem). The moral of the story is that Phil Ochs (we miss you Phil) was and still is right on about liberals..."lov e me, love me, love me...i'm a liberal"....not
+4 # dkonstruction 2012-04-04 14:33
For everyone bemoaning that there is no longer a true progressive (whatever that means) voice; if you don't already, listen/watch Democracy Now with Amy Goodman...truly independent reporting...on the pacifica radio network (WBAI in NYC) or democracynow.or g

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