has been pretty low on the media radar since it's founding by a forward-thinking former Vice President
. As a network based around documentary-style journalism and viewer-generated content, Current has struggled to find both an audience
and a solid direction
, with it's largest headlines generated by a run-in with North Korea
. This may change
with the announcement that former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann
) has been hired as Chief News Officer and host of a new prime-time news program
Bill Maher's criticism of Obama? Be more like Bush. ...And just like Lindsey [Lohan], we see your name in the paper a lot, but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something. Follow up
of his statements with Keith Olbermann. ...But where's the beef? And it's easy to make speeches; what's hard to do is stand up against corporations. Corporations and their incredible strength are what have ruined this country so far, and this president -- we thought -- might be the one to stand up to them. I'm losing hope. I still have audacity, but my hope is fading.
Russell Tice, former NSA security analyst, just came on the Keith Olbermann show
revealing that the NSA's domestic surveillance programs were not only far greater in scope than formerly thought, but also were specifically targeted at journalists.
In great news for all fans of the dearly departed sitcom Arrested Development
, Jason Bateman appeared on his friend's show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann
, and confirmed that an Arrested movie
is being worked out. (MSNBC video link. He talks about Hancock
for a bit first; good stuff starts at 4:16.) And another special guest is there to share the announcement... [more inside]
News Scrap (It's On!)
The battle between O'Reilly and Olberman, the remix. From the always wonderful On the Media
Keith Olbermann's Edward R. Murrow*
moment: A Textbook Definition of Cowardice
. MSNBC's host excoriates Bush, FOX News host Chris Wallace, and the media for its response to former president Clinton's "tantrum
" [still being discussed here
]. Note: Don't just read the transcript. Watch the video, because Olbermann's use of visuals adds greatly to the power of his presentation. No matter which side of the red/blue-state divide you're on, students of politics and media will be reviewing this clip for years to come as a little cultural watershed -- if only a consummate example of "Democrat" angerTM.
O'Reilly insults American victims of a WWII war crime, and Keith Olbermann calls him out.
It's been a while since I've seen pure outrage so eloquently expressed. The facts about Malmédy are well known. (WMV and QT video links via Crooks and Liars).
O'Reilly Competitor Offers to Buy O'Reilly/Mackris Tapes to Prevent Them From Being Destroyed!
An vital action to save history from a permanent cover-up? An abdication of journalistic integrity? A publicity stunt for a show with one-eighth the audience of Bill O's? A major act of snarkiness from a newbie journo-blogger? Or just another reason Olbermann never should've quit doing sports?
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Keith Olbermann joins Salon
with an essay about baseball, September 11, and Sex in the City [Brazenly self-plagarized from SportsFilter]