MATH ISN'T FAIR  11:26 pm September 13, 2011

Keith Olbermann Is Angry (Of Course) At Glenn Beck’s Teevee Thing

by Blair Burke

Glenn Beck likes to be “relevant,” so he is probably thrilled that he won Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Persons” game yesterday. He did this by having his own teevee channel called “GBTV” which robs the old and paranoid of their retirement funds, through hypnosis and chalkboards, probably. We can’t say for sure because who would pay for such a thing? Keith Olbermann named Glenn Beck the Worst Person because of GBTV’s number of subscribers, except unfortunately, this number is higher than the number of people who watch Keith Olbermann shout at them, for free.

In his patented “Worst Persons” segment Monday night, Countdown‘s Keith Olbermann reserved the top spot for ex-Fox News superstar Glenn Beck, whose GBTV show debuted last night with 230,000 subscribers. Rather than jump on anything crazy that Beck said,though (there must have been something), Olbermann went after Beck over the size of his audience, which, on day one, far exceeds the audience that Olbermann has taken months to build at CurrentTV.

Olbermann cites a Wall St. Journal article that pegs the subscriber count at 230k, then does his own calculations of Beck’s business prospects. “At five bucks a month, that’s a total income of a little under $14 million a year. Beck is claiming income of $20 million.”

He estimates production costs for Beck’s show at an elastic $10-17 million.

He was able to identify a metric at which he was beating Beck. “Beck premiered today having lost 90% of the audience he had at Fox,” Olbermann said, realizing, “Wait, so why am I angry at him?”

Well, 230,000 is kind of small considering the rapid multiplication of Crazy in this country. But as we know, there is also a lot of Poors, so the Poor AND Crazy are out of luck, which, ha ha, is a LOT of people, because of Math. [Mediaite]

 

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nounverb911 September 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Keith Olbermannn is always angry at Gle2n Beck, this is nothing new.

Jukesgrrl September 14, 2011 at 1:29 am

And it's never changed anything, so a sane person would have given up by now.

I almost always agree with Keith, but his delivery methods are unusually messed up.

Barb September 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Bad Keith! Go to my room!
Sorry, Keith asked for twisted religious titles to use for Glenn Beck and he used my tweet on his show "The Dali Drama" and now I have to love him forever. (or at least until the restraining order is actually served to me)

JustPixelz September 14, 2011 at 7:29 am

Congratulations on your expanding fame. I don't get Current so I'll have to wait for the Lifetime movie about you. "Courage to Snark: The Barb (picture of kitten) Story"

nounverb911 September 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

"Well, 230,000 is kind of small considering the rapid multiplication of Crazy"
230K is probably a lot more than Countdown is getting now.

noodlesalad September 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Would anyone like to volunteer to be my media rival? We could generate press, page views, and ultimately a number of revenue streams by trading childish barbs at each other over a variety of media platforms. This would be done for the benefit of the country, of course.

Radiotherapy® September 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

You are the worst commentor I have ever seen. What a lame name and a worse avatar. Get a life and stick to Brightfart, you basement dwelling momma's boy.

ShaveTheWhales September 14, 2011 at 12:45 am

Wait, is it too late to get in on this, you sardonic infiltrator?

noodlesalad September 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

Clearly, the socialist education system has failed you. The nanny state cannot create, it can only destroy, and here we see the culture of death and thriving like such as the Radiotherapy. When will liberals learn to love the freedoms that the fathers of this great country sacrificed their children and their goats and other things for.

Radiotherapy® September 14, 2011 at 1:15 am

Hey, I graduated Phi Beta Goddam Kappa from that socialist education system. That's right, a land-grant university with a robust agricultural department. Goats? James Thurber is a noted alumni adored by KO.
THE Ohio State University also has "the James." The cancer center where you'll receive the cutting edge, life-saving treatment when you get your small cell carcinoma. Cone beams, linear accelerators, medical physicists, computer experts, and dosimetrists. The honey badger Radiotherapy doesn't give a shit.
I've thrown down the gauntlet!!1!

noodlesalad September 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

Another elitist graduate from an elitist "STATE" University with its death panels and tattooed corrupt athletes and ivory tower LIBRUL values which have put the heartland and the families that we love at risk from Nazi Communist anti-Faith doctrines of one world government and such as the cancer death lasers.

BarackMyWorld September 14, 2011 at 4:59 am

Oh, how I loves me some internet performance art.

Arken September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

I wish the educational system was socialist. Then I wouldn't have all these loans to pay back.

PocketsTheClown September 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

NEEDZ MOAR DOUBLE N

Barb September 14, 2011 at 2:33 am

I've thought long and hard for an insult that would fit this occasion.
You are on "Neilist_Returns" friend's list on Facebook. Game, set, match. I win!

PuckStopsHere September 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

OK, I think that now, at long last, lines have been crossed and things have been said for which there are no "take-backs". It's one thing to call someone a Santorum-filled sack, but "Neilist_Returns" friends list? Too far.

Barb September 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

I apologize, PuckStopsHere. I am going to go and reflect upon my bad behavior and think about how I can improve myself.

(small voice) THEY started it!

flamingpdog September 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

"improve" myself? Is that what the kidz are calling it now?

baconzgood September 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

BEST THREAD….EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Win of the week you guys! Have a beer, no make that a boiler-maker, on Baconz.

AJWjr. September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

I was so convinced, I put a boot through my monitor!

Troubledog September 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Keith Olbermann is brimming with unwarranted self-importance. Enjoy your Summer's Eve product placement deal, Keith. Finally you can bring your work home with you.

What a maroon. Keep flailing, Keith. There must be some way to get those lonely girls to put down their Kindles for a half hour. Maybe more yelling and name calling.

Guppy06 September 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

LGBTV

FakaktaSouth September 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

That was exactly my first thought – hey, what does Glenn have against Lesbians? Why's he all leaving them out? I thought dudes LOOOOVED lesbians.

Guppy06 September 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Maybe that's what the V is for; gay, bisexual, transsexual and vagina-lovers.

Radiotherapy® September 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

Is this one of those "n" on "n" crimes?

flamingpdog September 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

I don't know which story is more exciting, this one or the one where Tim Pawlenty has agreed to be on Mitt Romney's … *KLUNK* … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Tommmcattt September 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Who, Tim Who? is it Paw….zzzzzzz, ***snort**, zzzz…

DerrickWildcat September 14, 2011 at 1:03 am

My darn TV Guide doesn't have GBTV listed. Can anybody tell me what channel this is on?

Jukesgrrl September 14, 2011 at 1:32 am

Do you think he'd talk to you for free? Cough up some krugerrands, son.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 14, 2011 at 2:16 am

I'd pay to be spared Beck Dreck … I think it's great that I can be spared for free!!!

ShaveTheWhales September 14, 2011 at 2:26 am

Don't have cable. Works for me.

johnnyzhivago September 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

It's time for a constituional ammendment authorizing Congress to fund Glenn Beck's pay-per-view show and scooters.

NorthStarSpanx September 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Let's not put it past Louie Gohmert's (R-Tex) to slip it into his American Jobs Act.

donner_froh September 14, 2011 at 1:53 am

I thought Glenn had emigrated to Israel to convert the Jews and bring on the rapture.

I must have been thinking of some other asshole.

BarackMyWorld September 14, 2011 at 2:35 am

I'd like Olbermann a lot better if he'd stop sinking to the other side's level of name calling and unwarranted righteous indignation.

ttommyunger September 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

Egggazkly!

smokefilleddoommate September 14, 2011 at 2:51 am

I heart Current TV. And Al Gore. And to think I wrote the PMRC when I was fifteen in hopes of getting that Tipper bitch to lay off my DK records… (How does "love" work, exactly?)

I got a response, too– My argument was basically 'what's more damaging, the lyrics "the stars and stripes of corruption, let's bring it all down" or "I want your sex"? The response was "well, what about "Too Drunk to Fuck"?" Typical conservative retort. I think my mom actually got mad at the salty language used by the PMRC in the response letter.. Also, I'm drunk. does that make sense?

JustPixelz September 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

I didn't quite follow everything between "heart" and "I'm drunk". But don't go by me. I just got a HPV injections and now have the brain power of a Palin.

LesBontemps September 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

Also, I'm drunk. does that make sense?

Are you too drunk to fuck?

Also, love comes in spurts, according to R. Hell.

smokefilleddoommate September 15, 2011 at 3:08 am

Meh.. In thinking about Al Gore, I can't help but think of Tipper and her stupid warning label crusade in the late 80's. I was trying to justify my rant about the PMRC, I guess. Has nothing to do with fucking or Olbermann, but rather a tangential comment due to inebriation. They're divorced anyway, so who gives a shit.

(Does that make sense? 'cause I'm drunk again.)

gurukalehuru September 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

Have you seen this? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/13/brett-cu

I think we're looking at a future Republican congressman.

finallyhappy September 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

Congressman- no way. In the current climate- Senator!!

V572 T-Blow September 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

Or the best "The Onion" headline ever. C'mon — nobody but a porn star (or a teevee weatherman) could be named "Brett Cummins."

Anyway, Weiner already, uh, "blew" it.

Schmannnity September 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

WTF? Hot tub at Bernie"s?

horsedreamer_1 September 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

Film mash-up: John Cusack & Craig Robinson reprise the Andrew Mc Carthy & Jonthan Silverman roles. Rob Corddry shows his "range" playing the corpse.

Schmannnity September 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

Countdown to obscurity.

V572 T-Blow September 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

Off to the lonely planet where Howard Stern lives. As Cat Stevens put it in the unpublished version of "Longer Boats":

♪♫Lift your eyes up, look around!
You might see them if they're looking down
From some lonely asteroid
Or from the silent void…
They are dead, but not destroyed♪♬

baconzgood September 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

REALLY!!!! They are both on the internet. I can be on the internet and spout nonsense too. In fact, I can be slightly amusing doing it! Wait a sec….I do that everyday instead of working on Wonkette.

Redhead September 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

“At five bucks a month, that’s a total income of a little under $14 million a year. Beck is claiming income of $20 million.”

He estimates production costs for Beck’s show at an elastic $10-17 million."

How great would it be if Beckers was LOSING $3 million a year to put on his freak show?

AJWjr. September 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

His sponsors won't let him fail, he serves their purposes.

hagajim September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Why did Glenn leave the Lesbians out of GBTV?

horsedreamer_1 September 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

I think the V stands for Vagitarian.

DaRooster September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

Who is Glen Beck?

ttommyunger September 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

Keith, crafty fear-mongering will always trump self-rightious indignation; at least in 'Merika. That is, by the way, why I don't watch either of them; does that make me a Taliban Mooslum?

HistoriCat September 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

This is very sad – it cheapens Wonkette's own Worst Person of the Week award..

Arken September 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

They stopped issuing that award when Eric Cantor won it every single week for six months.

KeepFnThatChicken September 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

Just so we know what we're talking about, 230,000 subscribers does not mean they're actually viewing GBTV. They're just paying for it.

Similarly, you may drive by gigantic churches and health clubs, where the same phenomenon exists. We're religiously stupid and fatter than ever.

NorthStarSpanx September 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

230,000 subscribers? Lou Sarah has been busy with her alter-egos. . .

DahBoner September 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

"Beck premiered today having lost 90% of the audience he had at Fox"

Even though Fear Sells, Beck lost 90% of his audience because either they are too old and feebleminded to notice he's gone or they're too fucking afraid to change the channel…

Bowmanave September 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

Such a shame…. FOX! without Glenn Beck is like a big steaming pile of dog crap without flies and maggots.

AlaskaGrrl September 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I went to GBTV and was so disappointed! I thought it was the Gay-Bi Transvestite channel.

Biel_ze_Bubba September 14, 2011 at 2:14 am

Do you make this stuff up yourself, or use an automated word salad generator?

ShaveTheWhales September 14, 2011 at 2:25 am

Hey, neither of you two crypto-farcists has yet called for the immediate crucifixion of Ben Bernancke, so you are both clearly in the pocket of Big Fed, and want to see the black helicopters of the euro-zone hovering over the earthquake-crumpled Washington soft-on while the planet Nibiru does the cha-cha with the moon.

Also, radio, the land grant university where I got my Phi Bet beat the snot out of the one where you got yours last year, so there, for the troops, also. Too.

Radiotherapy® September 14, 2011 at 2:42 am

Hey, we can have a three way here…first, I did not get my Phi Beta Key "last year" as your misplaced modifier implies. And unlike you Palin panty sniffers, I don't quit. Ben Bernanke, that "inflationary," Harvard-educated, jooish, Republican has got to go.
And it's not the black helicopters you should be worried about, it's the black Suburbans in your driveway.

noodlesalad September 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

It's one part Ms. South Carolina, one part Ms. Wasilla, and three parts Whiskey. Shaken, frozen, cut into a fine powder, and crammed in my ears.

Sue4466 September 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

What no meth?

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