Posted on March 30 2012 – 6:23 PM – Posted by: Doug Brady
Fox, MSNBC, ESPN, and now Current. Apparently it’s impossible for a media outfit to co-exist happily with Keith Olbermann.
Note to CNN: How lucky do you feel?
In a letter to viewers, the channel said Friday: “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.”
Mr. Olbermann will not be given an opportunity to sign off…
The decision to dismiss Mr. Olbermann was unanimous among the senior managers of Current, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Alternate headline: “Cable-access host loses last three viewers.” If any of this comes as a surprise, you must have missed (a) this post and its follow-up back in January when the first rumblings about Olby not getting along with Current’s management began and (b) the entire arc of his career.
Updates are coming as reaction to this wholly predictable clusterfark develops, so stand by. A question to ponder while you wait: No one embodies “respect,” “openness,” and “loyalty” quite like Client Number Nine, huh?