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Keith Olbermann still battling Current TV; Al Gore gets testy

Monday, March 11, 2013

One-time Current TV host and doesn’t-play-well-with-others journo Keith Olbermann’s lawsuit against his former employer is still humming along, TV Newser says, including this note:

Olbermann argues that Current disparaged him to his staff and the press, and revealed confidential contract information. He also claims that his likeness was used in an ad for AT&T without his approval, and that he was not given control of the politics specials. He also blames Current for not letting “Countdown” stream online (though carriage agreements with cable operators prevented it) and for not seeking permission when naming guest-hosts for the program.

Related: Al Gore, while promoting his new book, “The Future,” at South by Southwest in Austin, got testy with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg over Current TV’s sale to Al Jazerra. Excerpt after the jump.

From Al Things D:

But Mossberg and Gore soon parried over the sale of Gore’s media company, Current, to Al Jazeera.

You sold your network to Al Jazeera, which is owned by a government that’s a big oil producer,” asked Mossberg. “How could you do that?”

While hemming and hawing about that, Gore then came back with a good one: “I don’t ask you why you continue working for Rupert Murdoch.”


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