Matt Taibbi was on with Keith Olbermann recently to discuss the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, that, as of this weekend, have now officially spread to LA City Hall. Taibbi covered the Tea Party extensively during its early formative protests and says the media attention to this movement pales in comparison to what he saw back in 2008. He also notes, however, that some Tea Party members have been joining the Wall Street protests in solidarity.
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You could sort of see this one coming.
In an interview with AP TV writer Frazier Moore, Current TV chairman Al Gore revealed that LA based Internet smash The Young Turks has pacted with the San Francisco network to hit the airwaves by year’s end as Keith Olbermann‘s lead-in. It’s a perfect place for hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian to expand their already impressive Internet reach, following the former’s brief and controversial expanded role with MSNBC:
Gore called himself “a big fan” of Uygur’s MSNBC show, saying, “He demonstrated that his phenomenal success on the Web translates easily and well into the television format.”
Current TV has a new president. Former CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman is leaving that network after more than a decade to join Al Gore and Keith Olbermann at Current. Bohrman was most recently CNN’s SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Worldwide–a position he ascended to only last May.
In his new role, Borhman will split time between San Francisco and New York, and will “work closely with Current’s Chief News Officer Keith Olbermann,” as well as Al Gore.
Press release after the jump:
- TVNewser: Keith Olbermann returns to TV tonight, and hints that it is just the first step toward eventual world domination.
- UnBeige: Moby talks photography. We’d also like him to explain why he continues to be famous, but we’re not holding our breath for that.
- AllTwitter: Here’s three ways to get your real name as your Twitter account name. That’s right people, it’s time to ditch “@HotMan100″ and “@2Sexy4Eva.”
- TVNewser: Keith Olbermann is talking about his favorite subject – himself – to anyone who will listen.
- PRNewser: An anti-littering campaign asks people to discuss what they consider wrong (like breaking up via text) as a way to show that littering belongs in the same category.
- GalleyCat: Jennifer Hudson is going to write a memoir about her weight loss. Yeah, we know, it’s weird.
Hollywood Reporter senior writer Marisa Guthrie landed a big exclusive interview with Keith Olbermann for this week’s cover story
(subscription required). Until now, Olbermann hadn’t spoken in depth to the press about his contentious exit from MSNBC and his move to Current TV. Among other tidbits we learn that Olbermann is making $10 mil a year at Current– a $3 million pay bump from his MSNBC days. He also has an equity stake in the company which could earn him $100 mil.
We also learn that Olbermann has brought in his former MSNBC colleague David Shuster–who was suspended from the network for taping a pilot for CNN–to serve as his substitute anchor. FishbowlLA favorite Matt Taibbi will apparently have a role on the show as well as a paid contributor, as will Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.
Is Keith Olbermann going through attention withdrawal over at Current TV? Because he went out of his way to pick a fight with ESPN’s Bill Simmons over the weekend: right before the Heat vs. Celtics game no less. Olbermann called Simmons out on Twitter for a JFK assassination joke Simmons made earlier in the week.
Hmm. Too soon? Simmons wasn’t having any of it.
— DIANE CLEHANE
We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current TV’s head and recent new hire were “full of fire” and all smiles as they undoubtedly plotted Keith’s debut. Funny enough, Olbermann’s replacement, Lawrence O’Donnell, was also there and took it all in from the other side of the room. It’s such a small world, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, things today were a bit more low key but pretty crowded in the dining room. The fancy folks and artistes from The Getty Museum were in from the Left Coast to celebrate the kick-off to their sponsorship of 60 exhibits in museums all over Los Angeles. What’s the New York connection, you ask? Well, proprietor Michael McCarty‘s other restaurant is in Santa Monica, and he and his wife Kim McCarty (an artist whose works are on view here) are great patrons of the arts.
I was joined by my good friend Randy Jones, founder of Worth and author of The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time and The Richest Man in Town. Let’s just say Randy knows a thing or two about money. It makes perfect sense then that he is now working with Lynn Tilton as managing director of media and entertainment/talent acquisition of her company, Patriarch Partners, LLC. If you haven’t heard of Lynn, trust me, you will. (And honestly, don’t you read The Wall Street Journal?) She runs the largest woman-owned business in the United States as a private equity chief who owns all or some of 74 different businesses with revenues of more than $8 billion. (Take that, Oprah!)
Randy is keeping pretty busy at Patriarch with plenty of projects in the hopper. You heard it here first: Patriarch has a development deal with The Sundance Chanel to bring “The Diva of Distress” (It’s the working title) to the small screen some time soon. Randy describes the series as a “docu-drama” in which Lynn will star and go around the country looking for businesses on the brink to work with endangered entrepreneurs in an attempt to get them back on track. The most deserving business owners could score an equity investment from Patriarch or a much needed loan. “That’s one of the most amazing things about Lynn,” says Randy. “When she buys or invests in a company, she doesn’t sell them — she keeps them. She wants good people to succeed.” Amen. Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the market for a new job, Randy is looking to hire a CEO for Petry Media. If you’re thinking of applying, just make sure you’ve got a track record in digital platforms and have the goods to build ”a true 21st century media company.” You can thank me later.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Edelman’s Kathy Lacey and pals
2. First quarter: Bet they had plenty to talk about: Jets’ EVP Matt Higgins and Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Second act: Harvey Weinstein (If that wasn’t a Members Only jacket, it sure looked like one), his daughter and a pal.
3. Moneyman Steven Swid
4. Beauty biz icon Evelyn Lauder with a dark-haired power gal we didn’t recognize.
- TVNewser: Keith Olbermann is announcing his next move tomorrow at 11 AM EST. We’re guessing it’s something that requires him to talk a lot.
- FishbowlLA: Now that The Huffington Post made a boat load of money, shouldn’t it share some of that with its bloggers?
- FishbowlDC: Robert Gibbs doesn’t mince his words.