Keith Olbermann Tweets Response to Firing; Conservatives React
News of the shakeup at Current TV quickly lit up the Internet on both sides of the political spectrum.
Keith Olbermann unleashed a torrent of tweets after Current TV fired him on Friday, apologizing to his viewers, referencing internal grievances he has had with founder Al Gore and promising legal action against the company.
"I'll be putting out my statement in two ways: 140 characters at a time, and then in one fell swoop via Twitlonger," read the first of Olbermann's 13 tweets on the subject.
"I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV. Editorially, Countdown had never been better," read the second tweet.
Meanwhile, the political right was responding mostly with humor to the news that Olbermann’s show will be replaced by one hosted by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who briefly co-hosted a show on CNN after his governorship ended in scandal.
Commenting on a story about the developments at Current TV at Breitbart.com, for example, one reader wrote that Olbermann’s new job will have him covering “ESPN’s Title IX bowling broadcasts. Watch him at 4:00 a.m. EST Tuesdays, just after the Ginsu knife informercial.”
"Maybe Al Gore and Oprah should start a new network together. they could call it Currently Broke TV," says another."
“I wonder if his repeated refusal to acknowledge the suffering of rape victims factored into his dismissal,” wrote Dana Loesch, linking to a story about Olbermann denying that rapes had occurred at Occupy Wall Street encampments. Loesch is a contributor at CNN and is editor of Big Journalism, a Breitbart site.
At Townhall.com, a site owned by conservative radio company Salem Communications, a headline reads: “Fired again: Keith Olbermann humiliated by Current TV."
“It was just one short year ago when Keith Olbermann was fired from MSNBC and picked up by Al Gore's Current TV. Today, it is clear Olbermann just can't seem to get along with anyone, anywhere and has been fired from Current TV effective immediately,” Katie Pavlich writes at Townhall.com. “The progressive network issued an embarrassing statement surrounding the firing. Olbermann will not be allowed to sign off and say goodbye to viewers.”
At Newsbusters.org, managing editor Ken Shepherd wrote: "Let us have a brief moment of silence, followed by hours of exultation," then he linked Twitter's #nextjobforkeith for those wishing to offer Olbermann career advice.
"Voice-over guy for Democratic Super Pac" was Shepherd's suggestion. Dan Gainor, his colleague at the Media Research Center suggested, "Clown? No, he's done that."