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]