Wednesday's intriguing people
The relaunch of Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” will premier June 20 on the Al Gore co-founded Current TV cable network.
June 8th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Keith Olbermann

The former MSNBC anchor has done interviews in anticipation of the relaunch of his news broadcast “Countdown,” which will premier June 20 on the Al Gore co-founded Current TV cable network. The program will broadcast at 8 p.m. ET from Olbermann’s new — and rather Spartan — offices near New York’s Chelsea district.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Olbermann said MSNBC did not decide until halfway through the now infamous, final January 21 broadcast that the anchor would be cut loose from his contract. His staff found out at that time as well.

On Tuesday, Olbermann told Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” that he is an opinion journalist. As a result, he said, it was fine for him to make political contributions to three Democratic candidates in 2010. However, he said, he did not make the donations to support their politics, per se, because he doesn’t even vote.

Instead, the money was meant to help the three officials obtain personal security after they’d faced numerous death threats, Olbermann said. Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was one of the recipients. In January, she was shot in the head while making an appearance at a grocery store parking lot.

Ophelia De'lonta

The 50-year-old prison inmate from Virginia, who has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder, has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to become the first person to receive publicly funded gender reassignment surgery.

De’lonta, born Michael Stokes, has been in prison since age 18 on various robbery, drugs and weapons charges. She filed the suit months after failing to castrate herself with a razor blade using information from mail-order anatomy books, the New York Daily News reported. In 2004, De’lonta won a court order to begin taking female hormones.

Jesse Friedman

The 9-year-old boy from Philadelphia has worked with a local chiropractor to create an iPad application promoting back and neck care techniques that is now being sold via iTunes.

Andy Kirschner, a chiropractor based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, started working with Jesse about a year ago to create the "Back Together" application. Jesse is the son of a friend of Kirschner’s, Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate reported.

Kirschner provided the boy with videos and documents to create the content. In turn, Jesse used several programs including Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Dreamweaver, Handbrake and Phonegap to develop the application.

“The app was really fun to produce,” said Jesse, who now intends to develop more applications.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @ACP: And then?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    Casey Anthony was offered a limited immunity deal by prosecutors until September 2, 2008, but did not take it. Casey Anthony was arrested for the third time on September 15, 2008, on new charges of theft, and was released shortly afterward.

    On September 5, 2008, Casey Anthony was released again on bail after being fitted with an electronic tracking device. Her $500,000 bond was posted anonymously, and it was later revealed that her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, signed a promissory note for the bond.

    On October 14, 2008, Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and was arrested for the fourth time. She entered a plea of not-guilty to the charges that she killed Caylee. On October 21, 2008, the charges of child neglect were dropped against Casey. In a statement that morning, the State Attorney’s Office explained: “The neglect charges were premised on the theory that her child, Caylee Marie, was still alive. As the investigation progressed and it became clear that the evidence proved that the child was deceased, the State sought an indictment on the legally appropriate charges.”

    On April 14, 2009, prosecutors announced that they plan to seek the death penalty in this case. Casey Anthony and her family maintain that she is innocent of all charges

    June 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ashera

    already subscribe to Current TV! WAY TO GO, KEITH! Kudos for doing it your way, and not a sheep follower!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jayarby

      Wow, you must be one of the 50 people in the country that watch that channel.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riff*Raff

    That's an impressive and brilliant kid. But, why he's interested in back and neck care techniques? Problems with his backpack perhaps? Seems like an odd area of interest for a 9 year old.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riff*Raff

    Keith is an opinionator. Not a journalist. He's a sportscaster by training with an interest in politics. He's a bright guy (Cornell at 16). But he is not an impartial political voice. I believe he produces this new show as well. BTW-Is he still dating the 20-something at the Weather Channel?

    June 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Col. Bat Guano

    My pick? Oh that's easy. Ronald McDonald.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donald in CA

    We miss Keith and will be watching the new show. Keith is a guy with backbone which the democratic party could use some.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. seebofubar

    This guy is a liberal moron, but I guess there are a lot of other liberal morons out there that will watch him until he get's kicked off of this station.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      and you are a conservative moron

      June 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    I loved Keith Oberman. He wasn't afraid to tell it like it is.

    I could say the same about Bill O'reilly, except he's the biggest loudmouth liar on television today.

    And no, I'm not a liberal OR conservative moron.

    I am my own person.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jayarby

      You're just a non-committed moron.

      July 13, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Go, banasy!
    Everybody here is expected to stick to one Fach.
    I get called down for being a far-right Tea Bagger sometimes.
    At other times, I'm too liberal.
    That's what happens if you think for yourself.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Icogneatos' partener in crime

    Everyone has an opinion IF they use their MINDS!

    June 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Icogneato in a onesie

    I eat poop and I'm potty trained too.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    I eat sh!t.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    I went to KFC. I ate the chicken's poop. I love it.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joy and Vernon Gore

    We were so very glad to see Your fisty(ornery) self back in our lives. You have said many times what was in my heart about the unfairness of what is going on and how frustrated we all are about our world. Good Luck we were so happy to see You again. Get um Tiger !!!!!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |