Confirmed: Al Gore personally recruited Olbermann for Current TV

posted at 5:01 pm on February 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

Lest you think the Goracle is a mere figurehead who woke up last week to find Olby and his mountain of baggage dumped in his lap — nope. He’s a quite willing participant in this arrangement. Ace wondered yesterday: Now that we’ve entered the Age of Civility, with Democrats and Republicans cheek by jowl at the SOTU in hopes of averting the next Tucson (which had nothing to do with civility in the first place), why is the most famously uncivil liberal on television being given his own show and an equity stake on a network founded by a Nobel Peace Prize winner?

There’s a silver lining for you if you’re looking for one — yet another reminder of what a fraud the left’s recent “civility” kick is.

“We’ve been friends for a while,” Gore told The Hollywood Reporter during a press breakfast in New York on Wednesday.

A contract was quickly hammered out. But it was Gore who convinced Olbermann to join the network, say sources. The former vice president and co-founder of Current was a fan of Countdown where he had also been a guest in the past…

Sources tell THR that that agreement also stipulates that Olbermann cannot work for any network considered a competitor.

“He had no choice but to go to a place like Current because his non-compete excluded just about every other place,” said an MSNBC insider…

In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Olbermann described the show as “an improved, amplified and stronger version of the show that I just did at my previous network.”

What does “amplified and stronger” mean? Adding an F-bomb when he tells a Republican to “shut the hell up”? Instead of claiming that Fox News is worse for America than Al Qaeda, he’ll say it’s “a lot worse”?

According to THR, Current was the lowest-rated network in primetime for the fourth quarter of 2010; have a look at some of the clips Business Insider pulled together and you’ll see why. At least, though, this proves that Gore made a smart business decision in signing Olbermann. As for AOL and their own recent high-profile liberal pick-up, you tell me.

Update: Ed Driscoll says this is a perfect match. Remember who it was who once described his critics as “digital brownshirts”? Hint: Not Olby.


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Axis of Evil?

cntrlfrk on February 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Does Olby give massages?

andy85719 on February 9, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Maybe he figures Olbermann can release his chakra.

darwin on February 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Where’s AOL in this whole thing?

MeatHeadinCA on February 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM

amplified and stronger version of the show that I just did at my previous network.”

So, I guess it’ll be an “amplified and stronger version” of raving insanity and evil.

darwin on February 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Match made in heaven.

As happy as two pigs in a poke.

Nothing would make me happier than to see both Gore AND Olberboreme fail financially in this little endeavor, which is inevitable.

Geministorm on February 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Will gore show him the songs on his iPod blasting Bush? Will he leave some residue on Olby’s pants.

andy85719 on February 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

All seven viewers have been contacted and they approve…

d1carter on February 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I knew a few girls who were recruited by Gore also…

right2bright on February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Beavis and Butt-Head.

RBMN on February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM

As happy as two pigs in a poke.

Wouldn’t that be two manbearpigs in a poke?

halfastro on February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM

will herr olbermann bring back the worst person in the world, and make it even worserer?

DrW on February 9, 2011 at 5:10 PM

@halfastro,

I stand corrected!

Geministorm on February 9, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Gore will find a way to make $$ on this.
That & the acquisition of more power via the ignorant & willfully stupid are this man’s only motives in life.

Badger40 on February 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM

In this setting Olbermann will be free to incite his lunatic following to riot, rampage and kill.

darwin on February 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I knew a few girls who were recruited by Gore also…

right2bright on February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Ewwww.
I’m sure Tipper was OK with that./

Badger40 on February 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Where the hell was algore when I needed him? I got drifts of global warming that need melting…

OmahaConservative on February 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Nothing would make me happier than to see both Gore AND Olberboreme fail financially in this little endeavor, which is inevitable.

Geministorm on February 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Plenty of cash to be coerced from wealthy liberals. This is about getting paid, not changing the world or bringing in huge ratings….

Asher on February 9, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Now that Global Warming and MSNBC have tanked the Green Grifters and their Progressive Pals need to find a new flock to fleece.

Signing Olby guarantees Gore a whole host of new trust-fund true believers will toss their guilt money at him in vain investments, ditto AOL.

Damn funny and pathetic at the same time.

Bruno Strozek on February 9, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Maybe this arrangement will finally release both their chakras

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Never has there a better match been made in heaven, er on Earth.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Never has there a better match been made in heaven, er on Earth.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM

The Devil might beg to differ.

Badger40 on February 9, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Is this move going to make people take Current TV serial?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9wmczxnT3c&feature=related

saltydogg14 on February 9, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Maybe this arrangement will finally release both their chakras inner moron
scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I apologize to all legitimate morons.

Badger40 on February 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Olbermann – the star of manbearpig network.

Aviator on February 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

OT:

canopfor:

Barry is due into Sawyer, for his speech in Marquette at Northern Michigan University, at 11:45 AM tomorrow. If they have to go around the LE snow maybe you’ll get a flyover from Air Force One. :-)

Skandia Recluse:

Did you get an invite to the doings at Vandament Arena?

So Barry’s is firing up AF One for a three hour visit to the UP. The plane will be in the air longer then he is going to be on the ground. No public (tax payers) will be allowed at Sawyer airport for the arrival, or departure. The speech is Open-to-the-Public, by invitation only, as per the White House.

Yoop on February 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Some poster the other day nailed it:

Al Gorzeera

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Some poster the other day nailed it:

Al Gorzeera

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

heh

What about Gorenorrhea?

MeatHeadinCA on February 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Please excuse my ignorance but can someone explain what an “equity stake” entails? Does Olbermann have to bring money to the table or does he just benefit from improving ratings and advertising revenue?

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2011 at 5:26 PM

I never even heard of that channel till you posted the Business Insider link. Gore, being the expert in broadcast trends that he is, thinks people will follow Olby to his channel? That ought to work out about as well as the Parker Spitzer show.

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Rush is right: ignore them and nobody will know what they’re doing. They’ll remain irrelevant.

conservative pilgrim on February 9, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I hope these 2 will be sitting front and center at the Democrat National Convention next year. It will serve as a nice reminder to the folks at home about the vitriolic foolishness that the DNC is. I dare ya, DNC…showcase these clowns as your own. They are yours Democrats, yours.

redwhiteblue on February 9, 2011 at 5:29 PM

A “journalist” and a “scientist” what could go wrong?

lilium on February 9, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Please excuse my ignorance but can someone explain what an “equity stake” entails? Does Olbermann have to bring money to the table or does he just benefit from improving ratings and advertising revenue?

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2011 at 5:26 PM

He either buys a stake with cash, or foregoes some salary in return for some equity.

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

OT:

canopfor:

Barry is due into Sawyer, for his speech in Marquette at Northern Michigan University, at 11:45 AM tomorrow. If they have to go around the LE snow maybe you’ll get a flyover from Air Force One. :-)

Yoop on February 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Yoop:Ya,we have snow squalls since last night!

Marquette Michigan,I think,is a couple hundred
miles down from Sault Michigan.Lake Superior State
is just across our bridge,heres the University head
line!!:)
=================

The following is a release from the White House Office of Media Affairs:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2011
——————
NEW DETAILS:

President Obama to Discuss National Wireless Initiative in Marquette, Michigan

Thursday visit highlights President Obama’s plan to win the future by out-building the competition

WASHINGTON—On Thursday, February 10, President Obama will travel to Marquette, Michigan, where local businesses have been able to grow as a result of broadband access, with particular benefit in exporting goods to new markets around the world. In his State of the Union Address, the President called for a National Wireless Initiative to help businesses extend the next generation of wireless coverage to 98 percent of the population. The next generation wireless network in Marquette is an effective demonstration of how the President’s proposal to open up airwaves will spark new innovation, put people back to work, grow the economy and help America win the future.

http://newsbureau.nmu.edu/story.cfm?storyid=4820
==============================================

Yoop:He’s back to WTF again!:)

canopfor on February 9, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I hope he buys a stake with a huge, huge pile of cash. His narcissism won’t allow him not to.

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM

It will be an Orgasmic evening I bet,with two of the
biggest heads,er,ego on the Globally Warming,Polar
Bear Drowning Planet!!

canopfor on February 9, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Sources tell THR that that agreement also stipulates that Olbermann cannot work for any network considered a competitor.

ETv? G4? The list of competitors must be awfully small.

BobMbx on February 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

He either buys a stake with cash, or foregoes some salary in return for some equity.

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I bet he get paid in equity.

the_nile on February 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I thought MSNBC had stipulated he not be on any TV channel for a while?

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Hmmmm, that seems like a bad deal.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Record low temps in Chicago today. No comment from Mr. Global Warming.

angryed on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I thought MSNBC had stipulated he not be on any TV channel for a while?

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

They meant TV channels with more viewers than Olbermann’s siblings.

angryed on February 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

That pic of Gore AP used always reminds me of this pic of Ted Bundy. Psychopathic rage.

Paul-Cincy on February 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

What about Gorenorrhea?

MeatHeadinCA on February 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

You owe me:

1. Monitor, Dell, 17″ LCD
2. Keyboard (standard USB)
3. 1 fresh Coca-Cola

BobMbx on February 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I never know how much I can take seriously from the guys on Red Eye but this networks ratings as so low that they aren’t considered competition. Apparently most of their views are on the internet.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I bet he gets paid in equity.

the_nile on February 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

If so, Gore is smarter than I gave him credit for.

Hiya Ciska on February 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM

amplified and stronger version

Any more amplified or stronger and a dozen or so viewers will witness Olby blowing a major artery on cable tv.

fourdeucer on February 9, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Olbermann and Gore coming together is a natural fit. Both are hatemongering liars without any semblance of class. Try to imagine the lifeforms who would be drawn to watching what they will present. That in itself is scary to comprehend.

volsense on February 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Thank goodness these powerhouses have teamed up. Maybe we can finally get a definitive answer on the Earth’s core temperature.

rogerb on February 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I went to current.com site to check to see if my operator carries Current TV. Man, am I bummed:

The bad news: Your cable operator does not carry Current on their channel lineup.

And I already had it set up so I could see the TV from my bathtub and everything.

pain train on February 9, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Coming soon to the Manbearpig channel:

South Pork

pain train on February 9, 2011 at 5:56 PM

This is comedy gold…you have your own tv channel. The # of viewers you have is miniscule. So you give a guy who has been fired from how many channels his own show in an attempt to attract viewers and bring in revenue in return for a stake of your failed venture and he accepts?

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I hear laughter like the woodchucks in the Geico commercial!

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM

This is comedy gold…you have your own tv channel. The # of viewers you have is miniscule. So you give a guy who has been fired from how many channels his own show in an attempt to attract viewers and bring in revenue in return for a stake of your failed venture and he accepts?

scalleywag on February 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Hey, Gore’s AGW was miniscule in facts (sic), and should have been a failed venture from the start. But he got rich, received a Nobel Prize, and 100′s of millions of people bought in. Spooky, eh?

Yoop on February 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

2nd chaukra?

betsyz on February 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Wow. Darth Manbearpig welcomes his new apprentice Darth Douchenozzle to the Dead Star Network. I imagine the salary negotiation was probably hilarious with these two bloated morons fighting for air. Bad luck Keith. May you be a footnote for Al Gore’s eventual financial destruction.

austinnelly on February 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

http://tinyurl.com/6zu2oox

entropent on February 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Amplified and Stronger… that should get handfuls of viewers.

I wonder if they stop to analyse why people stopped watching.

There is a saying, “You catch more flies with honey.” Apparently they believe the opposite.

petunia on February 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I have to laugh: I’ve been watching a lot of British documentaries which appear to have been filmed in 2009 and 2010 and the actors are constantly complaining about how cold it is.

Blake on February 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM

So the bottom line in this is: Gore Hires Press Secretary.

meci on February 9, 2011 at 7:16 PM

AP, does the picture illustrate what Algore had to offer Keify to join his little band of lefties?

chickasaw42 on February 9, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The Goremann Hour

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Who gives a rat’s ass about Current TV? Keith wanted to be deep in the cellar, for reals, and now he is. Full stop.

Ryan Anthony on February 9, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Just a reminder: Current is a Google/Gore production. Adjust your search engine and smart phone usage accordingly. I like bing or Ask for searches.

NTWR on February 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Wow. Darth Manbearpig welcomes his new apprentice Darth Douchenozzle to the Dead Star Network.

austinnelly on February 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

THAT is wayyyy too funny.

Badger40 on February 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Douche bags of a feather flock together !

MCGIRV on February 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Al Gore = all in…

Pass the popcorn!!

Khun Joe on February 9, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Al Bore = all in…

Pass the popcorn!!

Khun Joe on February 9, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Pass the coffee, make it strong… I don’t want to take a chan—- *face hits keyboard*

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

cableguy615 on February 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

andy85719 on February 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Will gore show him the songs on his iPod blasting Bush?

Only if Olby gives him the “Palin” wig!

DSchoen on February 9, 2011 at 10:02 PM

This reduces Olberturd’s viewership to approximately 50 pot head freshmen at UC Berkely.

wildweasel on February 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM