Conservatives rejoice at Keith Olbermann’s Current ouster
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For years, Keith Olbermann has been a scourge to conservative politicians. So right-of-center commentators wasted little time Friday in gloating over the ‘Countdown’ host’s firing from Al Gore’s Current TV.
‘Let us have a brief moment of silence, followed by hours of exultation,’ Ken Shepherd, managing editor at the online site NewsBusters, wrote.
Using the Twitter hashtag #nextjobforkeith, detractors proposed that Olbermann could find work as a junior sales associate at a bank, a Little League game broadcaster or a publicist for WikiLeaks.
‘Clown? No he’s done that,’ sniped Dan Gainor, a Fox News online columnist whom Olbermann once picked for his ‘Worst Person in the World’ segment.
Many noted the irony that Olbermann is now vowing litigation against another leading liberal, former Vice President Al Gore, who co-founded Current. ‘It’s going to be [a] clash of the lefty darlings,’ observed blogger Melissa Clouthier.
Reaction among Olbermann’s liberal constituency appeared much more subdued, perhaps reflecting a weariness that has set in given the host’s serial battles with network employers. But some admirers could still be found. On Twitter, @mickeleh noted that Olbermann covered the Occupy movement ‘when nobody else on cable would touch it.’
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-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)