Olbermann Launches Website. Keith Olbermann launches his own website for fans of MSNBC’s Countdown program. The former host is calling it “FOK News Channel” where the acronym stands for “Friends of Keith.”
The well respected long-time MSNBC host landed in hot water last year after he was suspended from his job for making three financial contributions in the amount of $2,400 to Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva. He was then in his 7th year as the host of Countdown and easily MSNBC’s most popular anchor. Freed from the constricting limits set by his former employer, he quickly signed up with Al Gore’s Current TV network. The fledgling network is a new creation by the former VP geared at a younger audience.
“We now live in a world with fewer and fewer opportunities to hear truly unique, truly unfettered voices on television. Keith is one of those rare voices,” Gore said of his acquisition.
But is was just this past week that Twitter confirmed the host’s newest venture. He tweeted, I’m “proud to announce: Coming very very soon — your FokNewsChannel website.” Olbermann launches his new website in obvious opposition to his favorite whipping boy, FOX News.
It must certainly be a freeing experience for the former MSNBC man. However, some worry that a personal website and a spot on a smaller liberal network might marginalize Keith’s impact on American politics. That aside, he couldn’t seem more confident about his new career direction.
“Nothing is more vital to America than a free media,” he said, “and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news that is produced independent of corporate interference.”