Olbermann Headed to Current TV?
Keith Olbermann, recently departed from his MSNBC “Countdown” perch, will announce his next TV gig tomorrow. Rumor has it to be Current TV:
Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.
One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.
“To me, the more apt question is whether HuffPo’s populist voices will be Olbermanned by corporatist interests,” she said. “I sincerely doubt that the visionary contrarian author of ‘Third World America’ will let that happen to her namesake. And she won’t need to: Arianna’s $1 million investment to $315 million success proves that questioning authority is good politics and good capitalism.”
I know, I know, no way. Arianna’s now a post-politics personage. From the same Politico piece:
“We don’t see ourselves as left,” she told POLITICO. “And I think it’s one area where news consumers are ahead of the media, because they know that continuing to see everything that’s happening as a right-left issue is missing what’s happening, and is also making it much harder for us to be properly informed.”