COMMENTARY | Glenn Beck has his own media company and online television network called GBTV. Rush Limbaugh has an established radio show syndicated on hundreds of stations in addition to his own media empire.
In light of Keith Olbermann’s recent firing from Current TV after less than a year, the liberal commentator should start his own network and media company. Ariana Huffington did so with her Huffington Post Media Group and it was bought by Internet giant AOL. Her left-leaning website is just as potent as Beck and Limbaugh who lean to the right in American politics.
Olbermann’s own style of liberal fire to his own media network. He has name recognition with nearly 380,000 followers on Twitter.
Instead of taking this lying down, Olbermann should step up and create his own business. Surely he has contacts that can help him. New York is a huge market and Olbermann’s home turf.
The Associated Press reports the fiery host of “Countdown” will be replaced with Eliot Spitzer. The same man quit his job as governor of New York and had a brief stint on CNN. Spitzer’s audience in a smaller market on Current TV is a perfect forum for someone who needed the company of prostitutes as the highest elected official in New York.
ABC News states Olbermann is threatening legal action against Current TV, run by former vice president Al Gore. Olbermann claims he was completely blindsided by the firing and says Current TV breached its part of the contract.
The adage “if you want something done right, do it yourself” fits in this case. Olbermann should simply start his own business. He has plenty of models from which to emulate, including ones on the left. His connections and loyal followers can at least provide him with some kind of advertising revenue.
Olbermann’s voice, though vitriolic at times, clearly shows his passion. From bashing Republicans to giving voices to those who can’t stand up for themselves, Olbermann may be a minority choice in a sea of conservative rhetoric. He won’t say something controversial about calling someone a “slut” like Limbaugh.
Olbermann and Beck even have something in common–both left the networks that cherished them at one time. Beck left Fox News. Olbermann was let go by MSNBC.
His next mode of employment may have to get a little more creative. A digital web camera and some Internet servers should do nicely. Olbermann will also have to copyright his brand.
Olbermann’s voice will not be silenced. He’ll find yet another way to get involved in a wide-reaching liberal media cause. Despite his reputation of being unable to get along with his bosses, Olbermann’s intelligence and steadfastness serve him well.