Ed Driscoll

'Olbermann Said To Be Going To Current TV'

For those unfamiliar with the term, Blair’s Law charts “the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force,” the great Australian blogger posited a few years ago.

Needless to say, it’s certainly gotten a workout over the past 48 hours.

First Arianna goes to AOL (or is it vice-versa) and now this item“Olbermann Said To Be Going To Current TV.” It’s from that shoot-from-the-hip celebrity gossip blog, the New York Times, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt:

Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.

On Monday a public relations agency hired by Mr. Olbermann scheduled a Tuesday morning conference call for an announcement about his next job. “He and his new partners will make an exciting announcement regarding the next chapter in his remarkable career,” the agency wrote in an e-mail.

Current TV has set up a presentation with advertisers for Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan to announce its future plans. The channel may be betting on Mr. Olbermann to put it on the cable map. The low-rated five-year-old channel needs the help. Targeting young people, it originally subsisted on YouTube-style submissions and video journalists. More recently it started producing and acquiring traditional television series, like repeats of “This American Life.”

The five year lifespan of Current places it nearly concurrent to Al announcing his global warming doomsday clock, seemingly one of thousands ritualistically created as fraternity initiation pranks before being allowed entrance into that strange doomsday religion.

Speaking of which, back in November, I did this Photoshop of Olbermann as a global warming and brimstone preacher:

Now that he’s teamed up with an even bigger revivalist, who knows how many more sinners will see the light.

But for how long? Al’s doomsday clock is currently (no pun intended) at its halfway point. So assuming the Goracle isn’t wrong for once (there’s a first time for everything, I guess) and the world doesn’t come to end in 2016, which will reach its demise first, Current TV, or Olbermann’s association with it?