His critics will love this. I have to admit, I was excited that Countdown found a new home on Current and watched it for the first few months, but stopped watching it regularly, and then pretty soon not at all.
Here is Keith’s response, delivered via Twitter, and TwitLonger:
My full statement:
I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.
Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.
It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.http://nyti.ms/…
In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.
Whatever Olbermann’s faults were, and he certainly had them, I’ll always appreciate that he was the first person in his kind of position to take the Bush administration to task for their conduct of the Iraq war. I remember after seeing his first Special Comment, I posted it on a forum and said, “This is what an actual liberal media looks like.” Here is that first Special Comment:
Fantastic. And for the time, brave. I remember watching it and wanting to cheer at the TV. For so long, conservatives had been telling us that the media are liberally biased and yet there was nothing like that on the air until Keith did it first.
Unfortunately, I think the overwhelming response from liberals who were so happy that someone was finally, at long last, expressing their anger on the teevee machine kind of went to Keith’s head. The Special Comments became a little too common, and even he admits that a few of them went way too far. At least he was able to laugh at himself when Ben Affleck skewered him on SNL.
I have no idea what went wrong at Current and I don’t really care all that much. Keith is off the air again, so I guess I won’t feel bad about not watching him.