Keith Olbermann was a lightning rod of sorts when he hosted Countdown on MSNBC. A judgmental liberal firebrand, Olbermann left MSNBC early last year under curious circumstances and promptly moved Countdown to Current TV, a network founded in part by former Vice President Al Gore.
Then Olbermann dropped off the face of the Earth, because no one watches Current TV. Countdown averaged 177,000 viewers a night — a miniscule fraction of the total audience in a nation of hundreds of millions of rabid TV watchers.
It was predictable that Olbermann and Current TV would part ways, and probably not in an amicable fashion. That has turned out to be the case. Olbermann has sued the cable channel for millions of dollars, claiming that its production capabilities were akin to those found on local community access channels. Current TV has counterclaimed, contending that Olbermann didn’t show up for work, promote the network, or perform other purported contractual obligations.
It’s hard to believe that anyone — even the 177,000 or so people who watched Countdown on Current TV, for reasons known only to them and their deity — care about this dispute or the fact that Olbermann is off the air. Who needs another “point of view” cable channel or egotistical broadcaster eager to castigate those with different viewpoints? We’ve got quite enough of both, already.