Keith Olbermann’s new show debuts on Al Gore’s Current TV on Monday. Like his old show on MSNBC it will be called Countdown, and it will feature much of the same staff. And, judging by the ad released yesterday by Current, it will also include many of the other trappings of the old show: hubris, paranoia, finger-pointing, and doom-saying. (Not that you expected anything less when you heard Gore and Olbermann were going to get together). The suffocatingly self-serious ad features Olbermann awkwardly avoiding a censor box as he speaks. “The free flow of information has been thwarted, dissenting voices silenced, and for every story there’s a flurry of heavily biased corporate-sponsored spin that can distract even the most engaged viewer,” he warns. “And every day we’re left with a bit less clarity. Until now.”
Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough: They just announced they’ve hired Rolling Stone polemicist Matt Taibbi as a contributor.
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The Murdochs are lawyering up
Amid the mushrooming coronavirus crisis, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are girding for a pandemic of public-interest lawsuits over misinformation and conspiracy theories dispensed by certain Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network personalities such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Trish Regan.
According to a top Murdoch executive, the father-and-son media moguls are ready to go to war with potential plaintiffs such as the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics—aka WASHLITE—an activist non-profit that filed suit on Thursday against Rupert Murdoch, Fox News, and other defendants.
Just a bit behind on this one
Maybe that whole “job tied to insurance” system wasn’t the best idea
Still by far the most of any state
The numbers keep skyrocketing
A probably wise political decision
The official forecasts are getting grimmer
The U.K. is on a similar track to the U.S.
A bad number, but next month’s will be far, far worse