Keith Olbermann + Al Gore: Perfect Together?

Just weeks after his abrupt departure from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann has found a new home at Current TV, the small news and public affairs network backed by former Vice President Al Gore. Will his new viewers see the charming and witty Keith -- or the surly and nasty one?

Are Fox News and MSNBC Mirror Images?

When News Corp. (NWS) made two high-profile donations to Republican organizations totaling $2 million, liberals were outraged, saying it proved the media conglomerate and its Fox News Channel were fronts for the Republican Party. On the opposite side of the political aisle, the same point was made after Keith Olbermann's suspension by MSNBC. The truth, though, is more ambiguous.

Keith OIbermann Will Return to MSNBC on Tuesday

MSNBC head Phil Griffin now says Olbermann, who was suspended indefinitely without pay on Nov. 5, has been punished enough. Olbermann's supporters certainly felt that way, calling his suspension by MSNBC for making political donations to Democrats "outrageous" and "bizarre."

Keith Olbermann Suspended for Making Political Donations

MSNBC today suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely after the host of Countdown With Keith Olbermann making donations to three Democratic political candidates in violation of the network's ethics policy. This is a blunder from which the 51-year-old may never recover.

Why Jon Stewart Matters More Than Keith Olbermann

At least in part due to comments made by Jon Stewart at this weekend's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced he was suspending his show's well-known "Worst Person in the World" segment indefinitely.

Is Looking for a New Name?

MSNBC management is thinking about changing the name of its website, according to the New York Times, to better distinguish it from its more liberal cable network.

'Parker Spitzer' Is a Bust, and CNN May Already Know It

CNN says it's confident in its newest show, starring Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, but there's reason to think the network is already quietly lining up the fire trucks next to the runway in expectation of a flameout.

Parker Spitzer: Low Ratings, Scathing Reviews

CNN's great 8PM hope, Parker Spitzer, garnered lackluster ratings in its debut Monday night, trailing Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN's own sister network HLN. Television critics, meanwhile, savaged the program.

CNN Hopes to Spin Its Own Story with Change at the Top

CNN is sick of being the punching bag of the cable news world. Explaining why the network replaced the head of CNN U.S., CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton cited what he described as unfair press coverage focusing on CNN's declining ratings, while ignoring its growing profitability.

Hey John Tesh: Why Are You Lifting Content?

Why is John Tesh, the multitalented composer, lifestyle guru and former host of "Entertainment Tonight," using copyrighted content to fill his advice blog? We'd ask him ourselves if he weren't so damned popular.

CNN Replaces Jon Klein as Makeover Looms

CNN president Jonathan Klein has been hard at work this year remaking the network's primetime lineup, its most important programming block. But whether or not his effort proves successful, he won't be around to find out. CNN just announced that Klein is leaving his post, and the network, after six years, to be replaced by Ken Jautz, head of sister channel HLN.

How The Wall Street Journal Sounds Like Fox News

If you have any doubt that The Wall Street Journal is fast becoming steeped in the corporate culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., I invite you to read a couple of quotations from today's news.

Truth Ranking: The Most and Least Honest Pundits

Thanks to, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, it's possible to see which political pundits are sticking to the truth and which are making it up. George Will gets high marks; Glenn Beck, not so much.

Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website,, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

Keith Olbermann a Victim of Prank by Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson's attempt at humor at the expense of Keith Olbermann may land the bow tie-loving conservative pundit in legal hot water. Earlier this week, Carlson's site the Daily Caller registered the domain name as a publicity gimmick.

'The New Yorker' Misspells Chris Matthews' Name

The New Yorker, perhaps the finest magazine in America, famously almost never makes fact-checking errors. Almost. This week, however, in the issue dated June 28, they made a doozy of a blunder.

Obama to America: Switch Off Cable News

President Obama is exhorting Americans to break the cable news habit. And he's right, because cable news emphasizes unimportant and visually sensational "news" instead of information with actual news value.

Olbermann: DailyFinance Is 'Right Wing'

When I wrote about signs that the tide is turning against MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, I suspected it might land me a place on his "Worst Person in the World" list, the segment he uses for most of his score-settling. What I didn't anticipate was that he'd tell an outright lie about me and the organization I work for.

Keith Olbermann's Shtick: Getting Stale?

When the left needed a forceful voice to rally around, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann became so popular that MSNBC reoriented its primetime lineup around it. But today, creeping indications suggest that viewers might have lost some patience with Olbermann's shenanigans.

Chris Matthews 'Forgot' Obama Is Black?

If sticking your foot in your mouth was an Olympic sport, the MSNBC blowhard would surely be a gold medalist. During last night's State of the Union, the Hardball host praised President Obama's performance, saying "I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." He later "clarified" his statement, saying he meant Obama has transcended race. Really?

The Dirtiest Lunch Rooms in the Media Business

The American print-publishing industry isn't healthy -- and the food it's serving its workers may not be, either. A quick survey of cafeteria health inspection records shows some alarming results. Lunch anyone?

Morgan Freeman Replaces Walter Cronkite at CBS

If you're looking for a metaphor for the decline of network news, look no further than CBS's decision to replace Walter Cronkite as the disembodied voice of CBS Evening News with actor Morgan Freeman.