“The Walls Are Closing in on Democracy”, Warns Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann, whose show “Countdown” will be reborn tonight on Al Gore’s progressive news station Current TV, addressed Netroots Nation on Thursday via video. Olbermann will deliver the keynote speech at Netroots 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island. “Countdown” was unceremoniously pulled off MSNBC, sending the unapologetic leftist commentator Olbermann to the West Coast. “The walls are closing in, not just on journalism, but on democracy. The walls, like anything else, are owned by huge corporations,” said Olbermann.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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