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Keith Olbermann Adds Contributors to ‘Countdown’ on Current, Talks Rachel Maddow on NBC

Former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Current TV host Keith Olbermann announced a slew of new contributors to his program today.

They include Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, former Richard Nixon staffer John Dean, journalist Jeremy Scahill, actor Donald Sutherland and even astronomer Derrick Pitts, who Olbermann stressed will not be on to talk about politics, but other news of the day.

“Obviously we are going to have Derrick talk about the moon, rather than the days politics,” Olbermann said in a call this morning.

The announcement came just a day after Olbermann returned to his old stomping ground at 30 Rock to appear on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Among other subjects, Olbermann talked about Rachel Maddow, who he says he hopes will be joining him at Current TV eventually:

More information on Olbermann’s new contributors, after the jump.

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Matt Taibbi thinks Lara Logan is one of the reasons network news ‘hasn’t mattered since the 70s’

MattTaibbi_6.30.jpgMatt Taibbi (right) thinks CBS News correspondent Lara Logan “sucks.” He said so in a blog post on RollingStone.com this week:

But now we get CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan slamming our own Michael Hastings on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program, agreeing that the Rolling Stone reporter violated an “unspoken agreement” that journalists are not supposed to “embarrass [the troops] by reporting insults and banter.”

Anyone who wants to know why network television news hasn’t mattered since the seventies just needs to check out this appearance by Logan.

MikeTaibbi_6.30.jpgInteresting that Taibbi thinks network news “hasn’t mattered since the seventies.” It’s network TV news that has kept his father, NBC News correspondent Mike Taibbi (right), employed for more than 15 years. Matt Taibbi even targets NBC in his screed against Logan:

And true, most of the major TV outlets are completely in the bag for the Pentagon, with two of them (NBC/GE and Logan’s own CBS, until recently owned by Westinghouse, one of the world’s largest nuclear weapons manufacturers) having operated for years as leaders in both the broadcast media and weapons-making businesses.

Matt’s dad worked for CBS during the days of the Westinghouse ownership. Westinghouse sold its defense business to Northrup Gruman in 1996 and sold CBS to Viacom in 1999.

As for Logan, a CBS News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Anyone who watches Lara’s reporting, whether it’s from a war zone or anywhere else, knows it’s journalism of the highest caliber.”

The Man Behind Glenn Beck? A 31-Year-Old ‘Insurgent of 2010′

‘Tis the season for lists — when the ins and outs, bests and worsts are compiled for all to click. This week The New York Observer has its list of “Insurgents of 2010,” described as “the punks who will make this city hum again.”

They profile 31-year-old Chris Balfe who runs the Glenn Beck empire:

Chris Balfe was 18 years old when he first approached his favorite radio DJ and offered to build him a Web site. This was 1997, years before Glenn Beck would become one of the country’s most influential conservative pundits. At the time, he was a top-40 DJ in New Haven. From the get-go, the two clicked. A few years later, Mr. Balfe was working for Accenture (having dropped out of the University of Connecticut to start a business) when he got a call. Quit your job, said Mr. Beck, and together we’ll build an empire. And so they did.

In 2009, Mercury Radio Arts, Mr. Beck’s Manhattan-based production company, brought in some $23 million in revenue; it includes a top-ranked cable TV show, America’s third-most-popular radio program, a string of best-selling books, a comedy tour and a booming Web site. Mr. Balfe oversees it all.

Others on the list of 53 include Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi (son of NBC’s Mike), The New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin, Bloomberg Business Week editor Josh Tyrangiel and Jimmy Fallon.

Imus at FBN: Day One. ‘Congratulations and Condolences’

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Don Imus‘ debut on Fox Business was appropriately subdued: “I thought we were on last week,” Imus said at 6:05, after business and news headlines. “Trial run,” said news sidekick Charles McCord.

Guests on the three hour radio/TV program included Sen. John McCain and Glenn Beck. And while we may not see NBC News talent on the air, the son of one was on today. Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi, son of Mike, was on to talk about his reporting on the Wall Street crisis.


Imus at FBN: Did You Watch?(surveys)

McCain, by phone, said, “Congratulations and condolences… Condolences to the American people that are now going to be exposed to your rants.”

After the jump, the interview with Beck, where both men recount how they gave up the bottle, and talk about Beck’s appearance on Fox & Friends in July. Imus: “When you were on the Fox morning show and you made the remark about the president, they didn’t get blamed for it. If you were to say that here, I would’ve gotten it.”

(h/t: Johnny Dollar)

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Which TVNewsers Rock the Vote?

If you plan on heading to see the new movie, “Swing Vote,” this weekend — and indications are you haven’t seen it yet — you’ll notice a lot of TVNewsers gracing the screen.

The Kevin Costner movie is based around the completely-ridiculous-yet-still-technically-possible concept that one person’s vote doesn’t get counted on a malfunctioning voting machine, and because of a tie in the electoral votes in the country and the popular vote in New Mexico, his vote decides the election. To see this play out, Costner enlisted the help of some journalists to play themselves.

swingvote_8-3.jpgOne of the TVNewsers makes his 23rd film appearance, while another shot her role while eight-and-a-half months pregnant. Portfolio talked to all the “actors” for a magazine feature this month.

But for some fun, make your guesses: they include two from MSNBC, two from CNN (and one formerly of the network), one star blogger, one journalist-turned-screenwriter then back again and one host of a show TVNewsers like to go to joke with Matt Taibbi.

Click continued to see which journalists made the casting cut…

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