I read the details of Keith Olbermann's complaints about Current TV expecting to see that Olbermann had a legitimate beef.
After all, after getting fired, Olbermann took to Twitter to blast the "ethics" of Current TV bosses Al Gore and Joel Hyatt and promising that the "truth" about said ethics would soon come out.
Per Kurtz, here's what Olbermann found appalling and unacceptable about Current TV:
- He was unhappy with the show's technical production--for example, the lights once cut out during one show
- He was annoyed that he had to promote other Current TV shows during his show
- He was angry that he was occasionally given incorrect information about other Current TV shows to promote during his show
- He was annoyed that he had to participate in Current TV marketing events, even though he was contractually obligated to do so
- He viewed Current TV's production capabilities as those of a "cable access" show rather than a cable news network--and blamed his crappy ratings on that.
- He was annoyed that the network once cut away from him in mid-sentence to promote another show.
- He was annoyed that the drivers for the car companies Current TV hired tried to talk to him. He fired 8 car companies during his short tenure at the network.
The limo drivers tried to talk to him? How awful. No wonder he was so furious.
The network once cut away from his show when he was in the middle of a sentence? Goodness--Current TV is lucky he didn't just storm out and torch the place.
I liked Keith Olbermann's show, and I liked Keith Olbermann. But if these really are the worst things that happened to Keith Olbermann over the past year, it's no wonder that Current TV tossed him.
No one's worth that prima-donna crap. Especially someone who's making $10 million a year and drawing fewer than 200,000 viewers.
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