Al Gore’s ‘Current TV’ even further down the tubes – Olbermann fired

Readers may recall I reported last year on Al Gore’s attempt to prop up slumping viewership in his mishmash of programming satellite channel Current TV by hiring Keith Olbermann. It seems that idea didn’t work out well and I can’t say I’m unhappy with this news:

Founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have issued a big bloviating statement saying that Elliot Spitzer will replace Olbermann which you can read here. Yeah, like anyone is going to watch that.

I got a kick out of this part of their statement:

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.

In that case Al, tell me when you are going to do a report on your “high school science” that couldn’t even get the basics right. See Al Gore and Bill Nye FAIL at doing a simple CO2 experiment. No one else seems to want to tell that story, so I’ll offer it to you free of charge, just say the word.

In related news, I also hear that Al Gore is exploring a new climate game show concept with these guys to be called “Wheel of Forecasts”…


MIT’s “wheel of climate” – image courtesy Donna Coveney/MIT

/sarc

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98 thoughts on “Al Gore’s ‘Current TV’ even further down the tubes – Olbermann fired

  1. Al Al Al need to rename the channel the ” not so current channel” spitzer is so 2008

  2. I guess he’ll have a spot for Anthony Weiner too since he seems to give politicians disgraced by sex scandals a second shot.

  3. Now that the Canadian Supreme Court has all but legalized brothels maybe Elliot should start saying eh, eh!

  4. Olbermann too whacked even for Gore? That’s quite an achievement. It won’t be long before he’s panhandling with a sign, “Will anonce for fud”. ;)

  5. Another brilliant move Al.
    Let’s have a warm round of applause for Client 9!! Gee, I wonder what his viewpoint will be. Oh, the suspense…

  6. R. Shearer says:
    March 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Judging from the picture of Professor Kari Norgaard shown on the link you provided, she has already tried the electroshock therapy repeatedly… and liked it!


  7. On March 30, 2012, Current announced that Keith Olbermann would no longer host a show on their network. A statement released by network founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt explained the network’s “values are no longer reflected” in Current’s relationship with Olbermann, and that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” in the time slot previously occupied by Olbermann.

    Interesting.

    current TV was carried in 2007 in the UK on the VirginMedia Cable Network ( Basically the only national cable network we have, but it’s more mainstream than many Americans might think in relation to the Cable TV you have over there. There is little comparison, we don’t have those horrific local channels paid for by all manner of lunatics and if I’m quite honest, Current TV was exactly that type of programming and a very odd choice for UK TV, cable or otherwise ) and on Murdoch’s Sky TV sattelite network. Both parties dropped Current TV from their line-up in January of this year.
    As of now there is no way to view it in the UK. But given so few did I doubt it will be missed.

    Personally I’d taken little notice of it. There was a selection of liberal hand-wringing going on whenever I flicked past it so I moved on. I always was under the assumption that it had something to do with Google rather than Al Gore and Yahoo. But of course I never had enough interest to follow up and find out. I’m sure this news about Olbermann being sacked is of great interest in the USA but frankly in Europe, we don’t know, or care who these people are.

  8. So all three parties involved, just told us we can’t trust their judgement…..

    …and one of them is having to deal with the fact that he was fired….and replaced by Spitzer the same day

  9. still having issues posting comments even when logged into wordpress ( something I don’t wish to do )

    I heard you were considering moving platforms Anthony. Please do.

  10. My inner child wants to say “First Rosey and now John. It must be hard being a leftist nutter” but I’ll just recall the good parenting I got and waste no words on the matter.

  11. Chuck L says:
    March 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    “Olbermann got fired by ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV. I wonder who will fire him next?
    ========================================================================
    Donald Trump, first round.

  12. Chuck L says:
    March 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Olbermann got fired by ESPN, MSNBC, and now Current TV. I wonder who will fire him next?

    Nobody (you assume somebody will hire him).

    I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?

  13. I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?

    Feel totally free to moderate this comment but there’s a sloppy seconds joke in their somewhere.

    Okay, now I’m feeling contrite. How many carbon credits do I need to buy to demonstrate my repentance?

  14. Don’t worry Big Al. Some liberal politician will introduce the “fairness doctrine” so that the media will be forced to play fair. Of course, to a liberal, fair is a code-word for agreeing with them. That is what they want, but you can’t say that directly, so the idea has to be masked by another word. The ones that preach tolerance are the most intolerant of them all.

  15. It wasn’t until this very moment that I realized the Hyatt fellow involved with Current TV is that same horrible man that ran for Senator in Ohio and lost to Dewine. He was the hand-picked successor to Metzenbum, but fortunately for us “Metzenbum” didn’t have the same panache as “Kennedy” and was unable to setup a family dynasty. Hyatt and Gore deserve each other: the two dullest speaker in america, IMHO.

    “I’m iqvoice and you have my word on it!” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you are younger than 30 or not from Ohio. LUN.

  16. Ed Mertin says:
    March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Maybe he and Glenn Beck could do something together.

    Would that be a remake of, say, the Hannity and Colmes daily confrontation?

    Really, Ed. I don’t think you’ve ever watched Beck’s program but if you have, you should probably stick with Olberman or Colmes; Beck is the polar opposite of both and isn’t your guy.

  17. Watched the last few minutes of Viewpoint tonight. Spitzer had another Current host on with him talking about science and a recent poll indicating that conservatives have lost trust in science. They went on to explain the reason was that conservatives didn’t like what the science was telling them, so rather than succumb to the truth of global warming they rejected the truth. No mention of Climategate or Gleick or hockey sticks, or any other problem with AGW theory, or any reference to any studies or papers of any kind. They made the usual claim that oil companies spent billions of $’s on anti-warming propaganda, and connected that with tobacco companies spending Billions of $’s on propaganda about smoking not causing cancer. But, what do you expect on Al Gore TV?
    Olberman was bad, Spitzer is no better. Leftist blather.

  18. kcom says:
    March 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “I feel sorry for Olbermann–how’d you like to be replaced by Elliot Spitzer?”

    “Feel totally free to moderate this comment but there’s a sloppy seconds joke in their somewhere.”

    Let’s just say the competition is getting stiff for WUWT quote of the year, and it’s not even April!

  19. I know some may ridicule what Al Gore is trying to do with Current TV, even though I don’t share the political views aired, I support the effort. I’m a firm believer that dissenting POV’s, even the the more radical progressive side, should have a forum. I believe this so strongly that I’ve given donations to the Pacifica Radio Network. Sometimes, it’s good to hear from the other side, as they may bring up an angle on a topic you might not have considered that might be useful in you understanding of the full scope of the matter.

    I mean, isn’t that what we do here concerning climate science?

  20. Well, when you are looking to recover an air of loyalty you can’t do better than a strong family guy like Client 9 Eliot Spitzer.

    Why do I have a feeling tat Cuurent TVs only idea of “loyalty” is to the dying green message?

  21. Al Gore and Joel Hyatt were heard to say … “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” … or something like that.

  22. Olbermann released his own statement via TwitLonger.

    ………..”In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/keith-olberman-fired-current-tv-replaced-eliot-spitzer-213532556.html

  23. I don’t get to watch TV much, maybe some day I’ll own my own channel that I’ll never watch.

  24. You have to know where you are and when you are. Right now the skeptics are running the show. Al Gore is a clown. It is up to us to now seize the moment by keeping the pressure on.

    Tim Ball et al managed to convince the government of Canada to lead the world in reeling in the global warming excesses while at the same time Al Gore world is caving in on him.

  25. I work for a cable company and I had no clue what Current TV was until I saw this blog. Their biggest failing (in my opinion) was that unlike other networks, they didn’t have their programming info in the guide. You never knew what was going to be on until it aired. It was almost like they felt that they were the only channel on TV and it didn’t matter if you knew what coming on because you weren’t going anywhere.

  26. lol, from my post about it…..
    There’s a huge shake up in an unwatched TV channel!!! And, the channel is replacing one unwatched has-been with another washed up never-really-was-watched, so viewers can continue to not watching the channel.

    Keith Olbermann has been fired by Current TV, the network announced Friday. He will be replaced by former New York governor and CNN host Eliot Spitzer. I’m wondering if Gore understands why Spitzer is a former host? http://suyts.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/no-love-in-loony-left-land/

  27. onlyme says:
    March 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    The reason for Olberman’s firing according to an update at TPM is failing to show up for work on a contractual obligatory work day,

    Missed something like 19 out of 41 days … they then played reruns of other programs in his place!

    .

  28. Brief score so far:

    1. ESPN (SportsCenter, 1992-1997) – gone

    2. “The Big Show” (MSNBC evening primetime venue 1997) – gone

    3. Fox Sports Net (yes, here for a stint in ’98: “The Keith Olbermann Evening News”) – gone

    4. Salon.com (July 2002-2003) – gone

    5. CNN (freelance) – gone

    6. MSNBC (Countdown) – gone

    7. CurrentTV (Countdown with Keith Olbermann) – gone

    What venue has he yet grace his presence with … and … – (to be gone once again)?

    History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Olbermann

  29. Slightly off topic but concerning the experiment performed in the myth busters video (viewed on Anthony’s original post about Bill N. and the Gorical). I did not see a pressure gauge in the greenhouses demonstrating an atmospheric pressure difference. I read Anthony’s response and some of the commentary but didn’t see it mentioned. Wouldn’t this just be a cheap parlor trick done by raising the pressure in the gas filled greenhouses causing a temperature difference when heated? Not trying to start any ‘slayer’ stuff, just curious?

  30. Jim, where’d you come up with that?
    Not Mr O. What could be wrong?
    Oops, sounds like Mr O has a problem, maybe?

  31. Richard Patton says:
    March 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm
    It was almost like they felt that they were the only channel on TV and it didn’t matter if you knew what coming on because you weren’t going anywhere.

    And Richard gets it in one!

  32. @ RockyRoad,
    Precisely, a truly fired up Hannity & Colmes with some big police like dudes to step in if needed.

    I never could watch Beck as you figured out. Got a quick snoot full of his radio years. Cannot take the Air America/Lefty type girls either.

    Why don’t conservatives, tea party types jump over to make something out of Constitution Party? Leave the Reflubitcrats to their rich buddies?

  33. Ed Mertin says:
    March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    “Maybe he and Glenn Beck could do something together.”

    Ed,
    Perhaps Glenn Beck could help Keith Olberman rejoin rational, loving humanity…. but I suspect Olbeman is unredeemable.

    Really, Ed. your comment reveals a profound ignorance of Glenn Beck and his various production efforts.
    MtK

  34. R. Shearer says:
    March 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    “Mac the Knife, am I shallow if I suggest a debate between Kari Norgard and Jo Nava?”

    RS,
    I do not think you are shallow, my friend! But, I’m concerned about the ramifications of such a pairing. I suspect a battle of wits between Kari Noorgard and the most honorable Joanne Nova would be setting Jo up for a child abuse charge!
    MtK

  35. Well, Tucker Carlson over at the Daily Caller has offered him an internship, if nothing else comes up soon. :)

  36. Ed Mertin says:
    March 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Why don’t conservatives, tea party types jump over to make something out of Constitution Party? Leave the Reflubitcrats to their rich buddies?
    =====================================================
    Because of the knowledge if we do, there will be at least 2 consecutive elections in which the left will run roughshod and make sweeping gains throughout the various states and national elections. By the time we’d have enough structure, backing, and popular support, this country wouldn’t be recognizable, and likely the party would be made illegal before it could properly form.

    For those that doubt that last statement, just think of all of the awful proposals various people in government and advocates have made about us skeptics…….. now imagine no one in their way to stop them. Your worst imaginations…… that would be the result if the Repubs would split today.

    There has to be a near equal amount of people ready to bolt from the Dem party. We may not be too far off from that point, but we’re not there, yet.

  37. Ed Mertin says:
    March 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    “Why don’t conservatives, tea party types jump over to make something out of Constitution Party? Leave the Reflubitcrats to their rich buddies?”

    Ed,
    Why don’t you join us in re-establishing limited federal government, fiscal discipline, and free market principles? And have a nice, soothing cup of T.E.A.!!!
    MtK

  38. Great way to end up another week. Feckless buffoonery has no shame and this proves it.

    All hail to the destructive bent contained in self narcissism – it will always end when mirror size becomes the limiting contract item…,

  39. First and foremost, I’m not a “conservative” in the sense we’re using the word in American politics today. The mainstream conception of “conservatism” is largely that of xenophobic frothing rabid religious whackjobs with a “Cops of the World!” attitude based upon the arrogant supposition that the entire planet can (and should) be smashed into subservience by way of military aggression.

    These mock-”conservatives” don’t give a damn for the concept of civil government subservient to the rule of law ordained by the charter defining our federal thugs’ legitimate duties and prohibitions.

    Second, like H.L. Mencken, I’m aware of the fact that:

    “In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.”

    At best, the Republican Party is nothing more than a sick charade, and in its essence it’s merely a component part of that system of “legal graft” by which every private citizen in our nation is ruthlessly pillaged.

    With that in mind, let it also be understood that – like South Park co-creator Matt Stone

    “I hate conservatives, but I really f–king hate liberals.”

    Were Algore and the Olbermann and all their co-religionists to suddenly wind up in the South Park version of Hell along with Saddam Hussein and a sodomite Satan scorning even to grant ‘em the solace of a reach-around, I wouldn’t shed a tear for them.

    Heck, it’d take me half an hour to get the laughter under control.

  40. Current TV.

    Wait – Al Gore has a channel?

    Almost makes me want to do some research on it.

    Almost.

    There are some MSM’s reporting, and getting it right:

    Forbes: “…Current TV Will Restore “Values Of Respect, Openness, Collegiality And Loyalty” By Hiring Cheating Husband Suspected Of Misusing Campaign Funds…”

    Spitzer also has a history of failed programs, too. Bet he won’t last 6 months.

  41. The fun has just begun. Olbermann also said: “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.”

    Whopee! Law suits against Al are overdue.

  42. Olberman is now supposedly going to come up with some kind of internet based programming that he produces on his own.

    If you could play Olbermann’s career in reverse, it would tell the story of a total unknown, producing unwatched youtube videos, who rises up through the ranks and eventually anchors a news show, becomes the face of a major cable network, and who then begins broadcasting major national sports events.

  43. This wont make me feel any better about the holy priest Al, but….

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    Enjoy your time of Commie Keith.

  44. it’s time online media, such as WUWT, were given their fair share of corporate advertising!

    27 March: MediaBistro: CNN, Ratings
    March & Q1 2012: CNN Loses Half its Audience
    CNN bore the brunt of the downward trend the news networks experienced this month and for much of the first quarter, when compared to the busy first few months of 2011. For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day)…
    All the cable news networks were down compared to the first quarter a year ago …
    CNN reached an average monthly cumulative audience of 91 million viewers during the first quarter 2012, FNC followed with 77 million and MSNBC had 74 million.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/march-q1-2012-cnn-loses-half-its-audience_b118255

  45. al gore the ever expanding lard arse has a tv station? Who’d a thunk it. let me guess, its sponsered by the flat earth society and we never landed on the moon society. Oh wait I know, it was they “hey what the heck, no matter what we tell them they will just lap it up cause they voted obummer after all society”.

    I stopped listening to those global scarists years ago after watching two docco’s back to back on the ABC in Australia, one said that the earth was going to heat up so much that all water was on the way to outterspace, apparently the magnetic field was going to “crack” all the water molocules and shoot the gas out of the atmosphere, the other using exactly the same data claimed that we are about to enter into a new iceage that will entirely wipe out all life by making the whole globe a giant ice block.

  46. You can’t get current Tv in Canada, sounds like it was dropped in the UK, just where can you watch it, and does anyone?

  47. The real puzzle is why ANY network would hire Olbermann for a super-high-dollar job.

    He has a long record of trouble with management, and he doesn’t have any Diversity Points that would make him unfirable. (But even Diversity Points don’t always help, as Rick Sanchez discovered when he accidentally told the truth about the industry.)

  48. I’d watch “Client #9″, maybe, with the sound turned off, If he had some of those hot Washington DC hookers on with him.

  49. Olbermann said: “In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one.”

    Well, well. How perfectly ironic that a devout socialist can stumble into the truth regarding the crackpot authoritarian, Al Gore, and his ethical challenges. I recall Olbermann complaining about being fired from Fox by Rupert Murdoch due to (in his opinion), Murdoch’s anti-liberal corporate policies. Additionally, how ironic is it that a bloated, overpaid, under-worked, chronically-complaining laborer is sacked (once again) by a contract-breaking, left-wing employer due to under-performance and/or incompetence?

  50. On further review, I think “loyalty” just means something different to “client 9″ and “sex poodle”.

  51. _Jim says:
    March 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm
    ———————————
    “Football Night in America” – Gone

  52. Ed Mertin says:
    March 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Why don’t conservatives, tea party types jump over to make something out of Constitution Party? Leave the Reflubitcrats to their rich buddies?
    —————————-
    What’s wrong with the “rich”?

  53. Am I the only Liberal who doesn’t believe in CAGW? I like Olbermann. The only show worth watching now on Current is The Young Turks. They sometimes have BS stories on climate change but overall they are pretty entertaining.

  54. John Gf,

    I’m also a bit preoccupied with the slightly ‘off-topic’ high-school experiment. I just left a comment on that thread, not really noticing that it was so old. In any case, I suspect that if done carefully you should be able to observe a container with more CO2 rise to higher temperature at a faster rate. However, I agree with Anthony’s comment that this does not demonstrate the actual mechanism behind the greenhouse effect. This experiment could just as easily demonstrate that higher CO2 content will cause the gas to cool faster as a result of lower IR.

    Given all of Anthony’s efforts trying to reproduce the experiment and not get the same result it may be possible that Bill Nye actually did not carry out the experiment, or perhaps they didn’t control for change in pressure which also contributed to higher temperature. It doesn’t appear to be straightforward to set up this experiment such that direct warming of the gas is the dominant effect. For example, Anthony mentioned that since the source is not visible light the container will absorb IR and how to avoid direct heating of the thermometer itself?

  55. Michael J Alexander says:
    March 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I know some may ridicule what Al Gore is trying to do with Current TV, even though I don’t share the political views aired, I support the effort. I’m a firm believer that dissenting POV’s, even the the more radical progressive side, should have a forum.

    I agree, in part. I’ve adopted an understanding gained from David Weber’s SciFi Honor Harrington novels. If someone has strongly held moral beliefs, they feel duty bound to defend those beliefs. In fact, acting in any other way would – in their minds – be the immoral act. We may disagree with their perspective, goals, and means. But defending their closely held beliefs is not evil.

    However, your position rests on two assumptions that are faulty.

    The first is that they do not have any, or sufficient, venue to proclaim their position. This is demonstrably false. There is a well known dominance in all forms of mass media for beating out their message. So to posit that their voice is not being heard is patently ridiculous.

    The second is the assumption that, as I stated above, that they are only trying to raise awareness of a strongly held moral position. For some this is no doubt true. But as has been made all too clear, most are using AGW – and other issues – as a cynical method to advance their agenda of power and control.

  56. “‘Current TV’ even further down the tubes”

    I’d say getting rid of Olby is UP the tubes. ;-p

  57. Gore is hiring Spitzer for his extensive contacts, what was the name of that escort agency again?

    Oh yes, the Emperors Club VIP, or as warmistas would classify it as “a global warming stress relieving agency”.

  58. You couldn’t write better slapstick comedy than Olbermann being replaced by Spitzer. Too funny. We won’t get a laugh like this for a while so enjoy.

  59. Wow….the comments at the Current website (below Gore’s announcement about KO) resemble the breakdown of an “alternative” marriage. Lots of spitting, slapping, hair pulling, and scratching about the face!

    I expect we’ll see a lot more of these implosions in the coming months.

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