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Jun212011

The 'Countdown' Resumes for Keith Olbermann

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) -- The bane of conservative commentators everywhere was back in his Countdown anchor chair Monday night, albeit on another channel.

Keith Olbermann, who was last seen on MSNBC, is now doing his program for Al Gore's Current TV network, meaning Countdown will be seen in far fewer homes than its previous incarnation.

However, that doesn't seem to bother Olbermann much.  He hit the ground running Monday by taking on the Obama administration for its controversial Libya policy.

Olbermann says he's determined to show that he can be fair and balanced in his reporting, although Republicans again will undoubtedly feel the brunt of his wrath, as evidenced by a segment called "Inside the Republican Cult."

Much of the new Countdown was like the old Countdown including the same theme music, the "Worst Person" segment, guests from the political left that included filmmaker Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, and even Olbermann crumpling up paper at the show's end and tossing it at the camera.

Olbermann left MSNBC under somewhat mysterious circumstances earlier this year, although he and the network claim the parting was mutual.  MSNBC briefly suspended Olbermann last November when it was learned he contributed money to several Democratic candidates

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