Saturday, March 31, 2012

Al Gore Kicks Out the Worst Person in the World to Get in Bed with Client 9

This falls into the "if a tree falls in the forest" category. Worst Person in the World Keith Olbermann is out at the Al Gore network Current TV. Al Gore and his partner Joel Hyatt explained their decision in moralistic terms:

"We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.

Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it."
Keith Olbermann had a rejoinder.

"It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current's statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently."
Keith did, in the same statement, prove the charges against him:

"Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I've been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff."
Keith's show has only been on current TV since last June, about 9 months, so for Keith to be having disputes with Al Gore for "more than a year" means that they have never gotten along.

Nevertheless, Al Gore managed to seize the moral high ground and low ground at the same time. He replaced the Worst Person in the World with disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Yes, that's Client 9 from the March 2008 prostitution scandal. His three years of stardom are already up, as is his short-lived CNN show.

American Glob thinks this was all about ratings but that presupposes a fact that is not in evidence. Current TV is watched only by people with just enough juice in their remote to wander onto it by mistake but not enough to change the channel.

Update: American Glob says it is all about ratings which would make the pious "respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty" talk a bunch of hooey.

Update: A special commentary over at The Other McCain: "Good on ya, Keith. We’ve always thought of Al Gore as a greedy, dishonest two-faced swindler, and look forward to you proving this in court."

Update: In releasing his statement on TwitLonger, Keith violated one or more of its terms of service:

Adult Content
Crude or indecent language, including adult stories
Sexual tips or advice
Sexual fetish content (e.g. foot fetish content)
Information on adult toys or products
Links to external sites containing adult content

Content which advocates against an individual, group, or organization

Content is not permitted that may be construed as biased against individuals, groups, or organisations based on criteria such as race, religion, disability, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation.
I, for one, do not want to hear any more from Keith about Al Gore's sexual fetishes. If only he had stuck to reading Thurber.

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