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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
Former vice president Al Gore will anchor convention coverage on his Current TV channel, it was announced Wednesday. This is what happens if you own the candy store, I guess. But when was the last time a former Nobel Prize winner sat in the anchor chair at a convention? Gore's presence just made me add Current to the list of channels I will be watching and reviewing. I can hardly wait for the tweets from deposed Current anchor Keith Olbermann. I hope he won't be silenced by pending lawsuits.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I have been writing a lot about Al Jazeera since the Qatar-based news operation bought Al Gore's wreck of a channel in January to gain access to some 50 million U.S. homes. When the purchase was made, I'm the guy who wrote: "Why Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV is a good thing for media, country. " And before you start saying crazy, uninformed stuff about Al Jazeera and terrorism, read this piece: "Of course, Al Jazeera has a bias, but it's not what you might think.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Current TV, the prime-time home of Keith Olbermann, Wednesday announced a strong election-year move with Jennifer Granholm joining the channel in January to host a show weeknights at 9 following Olbermann's. Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, will be host of "The War Room with jennifer Granholm," and I'll tell you what, I'll be there with big expectations on opening night. Here's the release from Current TV: San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2011--Current TV will launch THE WAR ROOM WITH JENNIFER GRANHOLM, hosted by the former two-term Michigan Governor.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Reading some of the nutty coverage of Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV from Al Gore, I am not sure whether the problem is ideology or ignorance when it comes to the sorry state of media criticism today. Last week, I explained why I thought Al Jazeera gaining access to 40 million U.S. homes was a good thing. Read that blog post here . Nutshell version: It makes American media a smarter and more diverse mix -- and that makes this a better country. In that piece, I talked about how impressed I was by a documentary Al Jazeera English did on Baltimore in August and quoted two academic experts on the Qatar-based TV operation as to why it is so outrageous that Al Jazeera English was kept off cable TV in the vast majority of cities.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
I have to give Keith Olbermann and Current TV their due: For 58 minutes Monday night, they delivered an impressive premiere on the new "Countdown" show. Strong production values, reasonable discussions and no ugly over-the-top slanderous attacks on anyone. And then with only a few minutes left, Olbermann, who behaved like a professional broadcaster most of the night, teed it up for contributor Markos Moulitsas to tear into on-air talent and management at MSNBC, Olbermann's last TV home.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Given the size of Keith Olbermann's audience on Current TV, what goes on during his "Countdown" show probably isn't worth the energy it takes to denounce it. On the other hand, the more marginalized he becomes, the more likely it is that "Countdown" will become a crucible for the kind of reckless and possibly slanderous speech Olbermann allowed from Janeane Garofalo Wednesday night. And part of this job is to identify such speech and warn of its dangers. This utterly unsubstantiated attack on GOP candidate Herman Cain, with its allegations that he must be getting "paid" by someone to run as a Republican, is outrageous.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Talk about a Friday afternoon dump: Keith Olbermann and his $50-million, five-year contract dumped by Al Gore's audience-challenged Current TV after less than a year on-air. There is no shortage of meat for analysts to chew on these bones, and that is going to make for a tasty couple of days of media dish as Olbermann's enemies tear into whatever hide the one-time relatively powerful cable TV anchor has left. For his part, Olbermann was on Twitter Friday threatening to sue. "I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV. Editorially, Countdown had never been better," Olbermann tweeted.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
I have had my disagreements with Keith Olbermann the last few years, but I have been watching in admiration lately as night after night he's covered the Occupy protest movement like no one else in the media. I am surprised that he has not received more praise for getting to this major story before anyone else and understanding the massive sociology of it better than anyone yet. Olbermann understands that Occupy Wall Street is an eruption of the pain millions of Americans are feeling.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Reading some of the nutty coverage of Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV from Al Gore, I am not sure whether the problem is ideology or ignorance when it comes to the sorry state of media criticism today. Last week, I explained why I thought Al Jazeera gaining access to 40 million U.S. homes was a good thing. Read that blog post here . Nutshell version: It makes American media a smarter and more diverse mix -- and that makes this a better country. In that piece, I talked about how impressed I was by a documentary Al Jazeera English did on Baltimore in August and quoted two academic experts on the Qatar-based TV operation as to why it is so outrageous that Al Jazeera English was kept off cable TV in the vast majority of cities.
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April 3, 2012
I was stunned by The Sun's description of Keith Olbermann's firing from Current TV as, "A mainstream media figure washes out at Current. " You had me for a minute, then I realized the headline appeared onApril Fool's Day. How else to attribute The Sun referring to Mr. Olbermann as a "mainstream media figure?" Joseph L. Holt, Chestertown
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy it as an escape from his prison of media marginalization. All of that is ideological and personality-obsessed, pop-culture nonsense that misses the point of the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. What's important is that Al Jazeera has found a way into an estimated 40 million American homes through the purchase of Gore's mismanaged channel, and that is a good thing - a very good thing.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
Former vice president Al Gore will anchor convention coverage on his Current TV channel, it was announced Wednesday. This is what happens if you own the candy store, I guess. But when was the last time a former Nobel Prize winner sat in the anchor chair at a convention? Gore's presence just made me add Current to the list of channels I will be watching and reviewing. I can hardly wait for the tweets from deposed Current anchor Keith Olbermann. I hope he won't be silenced by pending lawsuits.
NEWS
April 3, 2012
I was stunned by The Sun's description of Keith Olbermann's firing from Current TV as, "A mainstream media figure washes out at Current. " You had me for a minute, then I realized the headline appeared onApril Fool's Day. How else to attribute The Sun referring to Mr. Olbermann as a "mainstream media figure?" Joseph L. Holt, Chestertown
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Talk about a Friday afternoon dump: Keith Olbermann and his $50-million, five-year contract dumped by Al Gore's audience-challenged Current TV after less than a year on-air. There is no shortage of meat for analysts to chew on these bones, and that is going to make for a tasty couple of days of media dish as Olbermann's enemies tear into whatever hide the one-time relatively powerful cable TV anchor has left. For his part, Olbermann was on Twitter Friday threatening to sue. "I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV. Editorially, Countdown had never been better," Olbermann tweeted.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
I have had my disagreements with Keith Olbermann the last few years, but I have been watching in admiration lately as night after night he's covered the Occupy protest movement like no one else in the media. I am surprised that he has not received more praise for getting to this major story before anyone else and understanding the massive sociology of it better than anyone yet. Olbermann understands that Occupy Wall Street is an eruption of the pain millions of Americans are feeling.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Current TV, the prime-time home of Keith Olbermann, Wednesday announced a strong election-year move with Jennifer Granholm joining the channel in January to host a show weeknights at 9 following Olbermann's. Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, will be host of "The War Room with jennifer Granholm," and I'll tell you what, I'll be there with big expectations on opening night. Here's the release from Current TV: San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2011--Current TV will launch THE WAR ROOM WITH JENNIFER GRANHOLM, hosted by the former two-term Michigan Governor.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I have been writing a lot about Al Jazeera since the Qatar-based news operation bought Al Gore's wreck of a channel in January to gain access to some 50 million U.S. homes. When the purchase was made, I'm the guy who wrote: "Why Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV is a good thing for media, country. " And before you start saying crazy, uninformed stuff about Al Jazeera and terrorism, read this piece: "Of course, Al Jazeera has a bias, but it's not what you might think.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2011
Watching Keith Olbermann interview his boss, Al Gore, Tuesday night for the second night in a row, I couldn't help noticing something: How much Olbermann looked like the RCA dog, head cocked slightly to the side, listening intently at his master's voice. That is, of course, when Olbermann wasn't nodding in agreement at what his master said. Check out the video at about 1 minute and 8 seconds and again at 2 minutes and 40 seconds for some of the enthusiastic nodding. This is Keith Olbermann, the guy who thinks himself worthy of Edward R. Murrow's legacy.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Given the size of Keith Olbermann's audience on Current TV, what goes on during his "Countdown" show probably isn't worth the energy it takes to denounce it. On the other hand, the more marginalized he becomes, the more likely it is that "Countdown" will become a crucible for the kind of reckless and possibly slanderous speech Olbermann allowed from Janeane Garofalo Wednesday night. And part of this job is to identify such speech and warn of its dangers. This utterly unsubstantiated attack on GOP candidate Herman Cain, with its allegations that he must be getting "paid" by someone to run as a Republican, is outrageous.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2011
Watching Keith Olbermann interview his boss, Al Gore, Tuesday night for the second night in a row, I couldn't help noticing something: How much Olbermann looked like the RCA dog, head cocked slightly to the side, listening intently at his master's voice. That is, of course, when Olbermann wasn't nodding in agreement at what his master said. Check out the video at about 1 minute and 8 seconds and again at 2 minutes and 40 seconds for some of the enthusiastic nodding. This is Keith Olbermann, the guy who thinks himself worthy of Edward R. Murrow's legacy.
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