Keith Olbermann has enlisted a motley crew for his nightly Current TV show "Countdown with Keith Olbermann": director-slash-agitator Michael Moore, comedian Richard Lewis and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns have all signed on as contributors before the show's launch on June 20.
"I'm delighted and honored that so many of my friends -- who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today -- will be joining me as contributors to 'Countdown' on Current," Olbermann said in a statement. "I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20, will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we're assembling."
Which leads us to wonder: What is Burns doing with this provocateur crowd?
Burns has never hidden his political beliefs -– he once gave a speech called "Why I Am a Yellow Dog Democrat" –- but his PBS series usually make subtler points than Olbermann, a man whose own PR team calls him "one of journalism's most provocative and outspoken voices." Sure, Burns will rally for the national parks, but it's hard to see him calling some national-park-hater "The Worst Person in the World."
Then again, Burns did make that "Baseball" series for PBS, and we all know how Olbermann feels about that subject. If Burns can spare a little rage for Olbermann's favorite teams, we'd love to see these two throw down.
-- Melissa Maerz
Photo: Keith Olbermann. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press