Wow, Al Gore…really, really likes Keith Olbermann according to The Wrap:
Gore had few specifics about the network’s goals for Olbermann — or how it plans to move beyond the 58 million domestic households in which it is now available. He also declined to get into the extent of Current’s profitability, except to say, “We’re very happy.”
But if Olbermann is getting paid in praise from the former vice president, he’s a very rich man.
How will the network grow with Olbermann? How do you see him increasing your viewership, the way he did at MSNBC?
(To fully appreciate Gore’s answer you have to imagine it in his slow, condescending drawl):
Well, he’s a unique talent and he has a magnetic personaltiy and people form a relationship with him because they know that he is brilliant, they know he is speaking from his heart, they know he has passionate beliefs. He cares about them a lot. And he marries that to his formidable intelligence. And I think people appreciate his authenticity and where he’s coming from. They know he’s for real.
I think it’s no more complicated than that. In television … there’s a kind of an X factor that some people have and some people don’t. And whatever label you put on that he has it in spades. And his audience follows him passionately. That’s pretty unique.
Goodness gracious. I’m going to go take a shower, now.
Hat tip: The Blaze.